But what you may not know is which high-level questions you should consider including in your vendor security assessment. You’re probably wondering what to include, which frameworks to use, and why you should be including certain questions and not others. These are all valid concerns!
Getting Started With Your Cybersecurity IT Risk Assessment Template
Every organization — and every vendor — is unique. Thus, many circumstances will warrant the creation of customized cybersecurity questionnaires. But we suggest relying on the expertise of others for high-level questions (rather than reinventing the wheel yourself) and using industry-accepted best practices as a starting point for your cyber risk assessment.
There are three industry-standard security assessment methodologies you can start with:
Shared Assessments — an organization that develops cybersecurity IT risk assessment questionnaires for use by its members.
Between these three methodologies, there are literally thousands of questions that you could use. For instance, if you go to the SANS Top 20 Critical Security Controls page and select “Malware Defenses,” there are 11 items beneath it that could all represent their own separate questions. Of course, we can’t fit all of that information here. The idea behind this guide is to give you an idea of the high-level, critical questions you should consider asking your vendors in your risk assessment.
40 Questions You Should Have In Your Vendor Cybersecurity IT Risk Assessment
From governance and organizational structure to security controls and technology, this ebook will walk you through the high-level questions you shouldn’t leave out of your vendor cybersecurity IT risk assessment. Additionally, we’ve provided important context around every question in the ebook, so you can understand why we’ve included these questions and why including them in your IT risk assessment template may be a good idea.
Some sample questions include:
Have you participated in a cybersecurity exercise with your senior executives?
When was the last time you had a cybersecurity risk assessment performed by a third-party organization? What were the results?
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