To prevent data breaches through the supply chain, organizations must thoroughly assess and monitor the security of the third parties with which they do business. A key part of this assessment involves the completion of a thorough security questionnaire; however, this process can be time-consuming, expensive and tedious. These lengthy and involved questionnaires, which are often on spreadsheets, hinder business.

How can organizations make vendor questionnaires more effective? This guide covers six essential steps, including:

6 Steps to Making Your Vendor Questionnaires More Effective

6 Steps to Making Your Vendor Questionnaires More Effective

In this day and age of cyber risk and data privacy regulations, automated third-party questionnaires are a must. Organizations can no longer simply hire vendors without proof of a strong cyber posture, and a comprehensive questionnaire can demonstrate that vendors’ internal security policies are up to par.

Yet not all questionnaires are the same. The benefits of automated questionnaires can vary, depending on the solution. What features should CISOs be sure are included in their security questionnaires? This guide covers the top six, including:


Context-based questions


Identify standards and regulations

Scope your questionnaire

Determine areas of material risk

Calculate inherent risk

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