A security questionnaire is a set of technical questions to assess an organization’s security and compliance posture. In the context of a third-party risk management (TPRM) program, questionnaires are a great tool to determine whether a third party vendor can be trusted with access to the network, and ultimately, whether to do business with them or not.
Your company is probably working with dozens or hundreds of third party vendors managing all kinds of outsourced processes. However, their access to your network can increase the risk of suffering a third-party data breach if not properly monitored.
Requesting your vendors to respond to a security questionnaire is considered a cybersecurity best practice across most industries today. It essentially helps you collect the data you need for your vendor risk assessments.
But how to begin using security questionnaires? You can either:
We’ve already compared the most common security questionnaires in another blog, such as SIG Core and Lite, CAIQ, and CIS Controls, to help you understand if and when you need them.
Once you know which questionnaires you want to use in your third party risk assessments, you can integrate them into your overall TPRM program with a dedicated tool like ThirdPartyTrust.
ThirdPartyTrust is a TPRM platform that automates the end-to-end vendor risk assessment and continuous monitoring process. It provides the ultimate risk dashboard to gain visibility over your supply chain and metrics to quantify risk.
Our platform supports all of the most commonly used security questionnaires, so you can easily integrate them in your TPRM process. We have recently released the new versions of the following questionnaires in our platform.
The CAIQ provides a set of Yes/No questions for cloud service providers, such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings, to determine if their cloud practices are reliably secure.
WHAT’S NEW ABOUT THIS QUESTIONNAIRE? We have released its latest version, CAIQ v4.0.1. It has a reduced number of questions and alignment with CCM v4, which contains new additional controls and an improved language that favors the implementation and evaluation of the controls.
The assessments formerly known as the SANS Critical Security Controls (SANS Top 20) and the CIS Critical Security Controls, were recently consolidated and are now officially called the CIS Controls. After a revision of terminology and grouping of safeguards, the number of controls was reduced from 20 to 18.
WHAT’S NEW ABOUT THIS QUESTIONNAIRE? We have its latest version, CIS Controls V8, including control renaming and consolidation.
The SIG Questionnaire evaluates vendors based on 18 individual risk controls to define how they manage security risks. It is updated every year, reflecting new security and privacy challenges.
WHAT’S NEW ABOUT THIS QUESTIONNAIRE?
The ThirdPartyTrust TPRM platform allows you to set up all these questionnaires and more as part of your vendor risk assessment lifecycle, both for due diligence and as part of your continuous monitoring.
Making sure third party vendors are not exposing your organization to unnecessary risks requires constant reassessments. This also helps you ensure your vendors are in compliance with agreed security standards.
The answers to these questionnaires can be combined with security scores and other risk assessment outcomes to gain control and increased visibility into the health of your vendor ecosystem. Thus protecting your organization at all fronts.
Rising regulatory pressure is coupled by increasing third party risks. As a result, enterprises and third parties are taking greater measures to assess and manage risk across their supply chain.
This strategy guide explains how to make third party risk management easier, solving security and compliance problems for both sides of the equation.
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