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Standardized Information Gathering

(SIG) questionnaire

The Standardized Information Gathering (SIG) Questionnaire Tools allow organizations to build, customize, analyze and store vendor questionnaires. Built on best practices by our member community, the SIG provides standardization and efficiency in performing third party risk assessments.

The SIG Questionnaire Tools


Using a robust compilation of questions, the SIG gathers pertinent information to determine how security risks are managed across a spectrum of 18 risk control areas, or “domains”, within a service provider’s environment. It was developed through the collective intelligence of our Membership to enable a service provider to compile complete information about these risk domains in one document.

The SIG can be used in various ways:

  • Used by an outsourcer to evaluate their service providers’ risk controls.
  • Completed by a service provider and used proactively as part of a request for proposal (RFP) response.
  • Completed by a service provider and sent to their client(s) in lieu of completing one or multiple proprietary questionnaires.
  • Used by an organization for self-assessment.


SIG Questionnaire Tools

SIG Questionnaire Tools

The SIG is a holistic tool for risk management assessments of cybersecurity, IT, privacy, data security and business resiliency in an information technology environment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about the Standardized Information Gathering (SIG) Questionnaire Tools.

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  • 2019 SIG Tools


  • 2019 SIG Features

    The SIG now functions as a questionnaire management tool that allows you to build, customize, analyze and store questionnaires in one place. Your download of the SIG will include two files, including:

  • SIG Management Tool

    The SIG Questionnaire Tools will include a Microsoft Excel workbook called the SIG Management Tool. The SIG Management Tool is where you will build your SIG questionnaires using the Content Library as a bank of questions to draw from. You will also use the SIG Management Tool to compare an assessee’s SIG responses to a Master SIG and create a report that lists the discrepancies between the SIGs for further analysis and follow up. It can also transfer responses from one SIG file version to another version. This feature makes it easy to update responses to a newer version of a SIG without starting from scratch. The SIG Management Tool is also where you will store the SIGs you create to draw from as you develop new SIG questionnaires for new vendors.

  • SIG How To Guide

    The SIG Tools includes a comprehensive How to Guide (in pdf) that provides step by step instructions of using the SIG Management Tool to create, analyze and store SIGs. It also provides best practice guidance on administering the SIG as part of a third party risk management program

  • SIG Alignments

    Shared Assessments keeps a close eye on emerging risks, as well as emerging regulations, guidelines and standards for the wide range of industries that our members represent. The components of the Shared Assessments Third Party Risk Toolkit are designed in alignment with a wide body of the most updated domestic and international regulatory guidance and industry standards. View our alignments.

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  • Membership

    Want access to all the Shared Assessment Program tools, thought leadership and a network of members?

    Find out about Membership or for general inquiries, email

    Membership Info

    For more information on the SIG and detailed instructions, use the How To Guide provided with the SIG. If you need a How To Guide, please email