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Data security questionnaire

data security questionnaire

Looking to boost your data security processes? Our Data Security Questionnaire is perfect for you.

As a business in the Information Technology sector, or a provider of such services, it's crucial to regularly evaluate your data protection measures. This questionnaire will help you assess your current practices, uncover potential gaps, and prompt necessary improvements.

Give it a go - it's an easy and efficient way to keep your valuable data safe and secure.

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Questions to include on your Data security questionnaire

1. Basic Information

This section gathers general information about the company responding to the questionnaire.

  • What is your company name?
  • What is your role in the company?
  • How many years has your company been operating?
  • How many employees are there in your company?

2. Data Protection Policy

This section assesses the presence and implementation of data protection policies within the company.

  • Do you have a data protection policy in place? (Yes, No)
  • If yes, how frequently is the data protection policy reviewed? (Annually, Semi-Annually, Quarterly, Monthly)
  • Do all employees receive training on data security? (Yes, No)
  • Who is responsible for data protection in your company?

3. Infrastructure and Software

This section delves into the technical aspects of data security in the company's IT infrastructure and software.

  • What type of security software does your company use?
  • How often do you update your security software? (Daily, Weekly, Monthly)
  • Does your company employ firewall protection? (Yes, No)

4. Data Breach Incident Management

Understanding how a company deals with data breaches can signify their commitment to data security.

  • Have you ever experienced a data breach? (Yes, No)
  • If yes, how was the incident handled?
  • Does your company have a procedure for responding to data breaches? (Yes, No)

The question about handling past data breaches gives insight into the company's problem-solving skills in a crisis, while the existence of a procedure for responding to data breaches indicates their preparedness for potential threats.

5. Data Access and Storage

This section reviews how the company handles access to and storage of data.

  • Who in your company has access to customer data?
  • How is customer data stored and protected?

The questions about access and storage of customer data are key to understanding how a company ensures that sensitive information is not mishandled or easily accessible to unauthorized individuals.

Things to consider

  1. Minimize Open-Ended Questions - While it's important to include some open-ended questions for detailed responses, too many can make the form daunting. Balance these with multiple choice and yes/no questions to make the form more user-friendly.
  2. Order of Questions - Start with simple, straightforward questions to ease the respondent into the form. More complex or sensitive questions should come later once the respondent is engaged.
  3. Instructions - Provide clear instructions for how to complete the form and what to expect after submission. This helps to prevent confusion and reassures the respondent about the process.
  4. Data Validation - Use HTML5 form validation features to ensure that the data entered is in the correct format. This can help to avoid errors and reduce the need for follow-up.
  5. Clear Labels - Make sure each question has a clear label, so the respondent knows exactly what information is being requested.
  6. Progress Indicator - If the form is long, consider including a progress indicator. This can help to keep respondents motivated to complete the form by showing how much they've accomplished and how much is left.
  7. Privacy Statement - Include a note stating how the data from the form will be used and stored to reassure respondents about their data security.

How to create your Data security questionnaire

Now that you know what questions you should include, it's time to build your form!

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People will forget to fill out your form. They'll get stuck halfway and not be able to finish it. Or they'll send you the wrong stuff. You end up wasting hours chasing people down over email. 

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  • Reject incorrect information - If a single question is filled out incorrectly, ask your client to re-do just that one item.
  • Autosaving - No progress gets lost. People can fill out forms in multiple sittings.
  • Comments and questions - If the person filling the form gets stuck, they can ask a question without having to email you.

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