Using Whistic to Self-Assess Your Organization Against Industry Leading Security Standards

February 21, 2018

If your organization is selling into B2B accounts, then you are probably used to fielding security reviews from your customers and attesting to your own security and compliance on a regular basis. Have you found that you sometimes get so focused on talking about your security and compliance that you don’t have as much time as you’d wish to look directly in the mirror and strengthen the fundamentals of security at your own company? Have you wondered where you can start in order to determine the things that you should be doing today?

In this article, we’ll take a look at how your company can use Whistic’s vendor assessment platform to self-assess and ensure you’re meeting important security standards.

Proactively Self-Assess Your Company

Most likely, your organization has developed a set of rigorous questionnaires for third party vendors. And, depending on how your InfoSec or IT team has categorized each vendor’s inherent level of risk, the third party in question must answer in-depth questions and provide resources to help your team make a decision as to whether to partner or not, or whether to supply certain sensitive information or integration access points that may compromise data.

As your team is going through the process of creating those third party questionnaires, assessing vendors, reviewing responses, and addressing red flags, why not put your own company through the ringer and identify holes and red flags with which your potential clients or partners may take issue?

Whistic’s vendor assessment platform allows internal security teams — or compliance teams that are concerned about meeting regulatory requirements — to set the foundation and ensure their own programs, processes, and data are held to the same standards that they require of their vendors. This way, they can ensure that regardless of which potential partner is evaluating them, they’ll pass with flying colors. And more important, the company will have some clear direction on what they can do improve the overall security posture of the organization.

Use Completed Questionnaires as Your Security Profile Foundation

Building upon the benefits of self-assessing your organization, another positive of going through the assessment process on a regular basis is creating a foundation for your own security profile in Whistic’s platform. Until recently, our users completed each questionnaire or respond to requests from potential clients individually, but that’s no longer the case. Thanks to the recent Security Profile update, if your organization has already gone through the process of answering questions about internal processes, then your security profile can store those responses. The next time you receive an assessment or questionnaire from a vendor, you’re already on your way to providing a standardized response, thanks to the ability for you to easily add completed questionnaires, responses and documentation to your Whistic Security Profile.

Choose from a Variety of Industry Leading Standards

Whistic supports the world’s leading standards, including the 5 questionnaires highlighted in this recent post. Your ability to leverage the expertise of top security organizations (i.e. the Center for Internet Security, the Cloud Security Alliance, the Vendor Security Alliance, the Shared Assessments Program, NIST) will help you understand how you match up to widely adopted benchmarks.

So when you think of Whistic, think not only of assessing your vendor’s security posture but also of self-assessing and sharing your posture with your prospects and customers.

Ready to Learn More?

Check out our resources below for more third party vendor best practices and insights on how your organization can effectively respond to security assessments.

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