System and Organization Controls 2 (SOC 2) Compliance
What is SOC 2?
SOC 2 sets five criteria of data security that apply to any businesses storing its client data in the cloud. This includes almost every outsourced technology service vendor. The SOC 2 audit confirms the business’s ability to implement and maintain proper data security procedures.
For any business that handles client data, it is becoming increasingly important to achieve and maintain SOC 2 compliance to show you have adequate security measures and controls in place.
Which level of SOC 2 certification do you need?
For most organizations looking to achieve SOC 2 compliance for the first time, Type 1 should be the goal. However, the ultimate goal is to become Type 2 certified.
So, what’s the difference?
SOC 2 Type 1 – Assesses the suitability of the business’s security controls and how well they match SOC’s five ciriteria.
SOC 2 Type 2 – Assesses the effectiveness of the business’s security controls over a minimum 6-month period.
The main components of SOC 2 compliance
To become SOC 2 Type 1 or Type 2 compliant, it is essential to follow the five Trust Services Criteria (TSC):
Systems are protected against unauthorized access by firewalls and other access controls.
Systems are backed up and monitored, with clear recovery protocols in place.
Data is categorized and protected by encryption and access controls like MFA.
Processes are complete, accurate, timely, and meet organizational objectives.
Personal information must be collected, used, disclosed, and disposed of in a secure manner.
Achieve SOC 2 compliance with
our simple 3-step process:
A Gap Assessment shows how well you are following the five Trust Services Criteria. It will identify any weaknesses in your security posture and recommend ways to strengthen them.
Once any weak points are revealed, we will develop a easy, economical solution plan. Whether you are looking to achieve a Type 1 or Type 2 certification, a Gap Assessment will ensure there are no surprises come audit time.
Enlist our SOC 2 services
SOC Audit Assistance
Preparing for an SOC 2 audit is daunting, and we are here to help.
Charles IT will guide you through the process by recommending SOC 2 auditors and then acting on your behalf to produce the evidence needed to prove your security posture and effectiveness of controls.
Do not let this process distract you from what you do best: running your business. Let Charles IT step in and help you on the path to SOC 2 certification!
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