The U.S.-based SOC 2 standard is starting to catch on in European businesses as well as other parts of the world. Although it’s a voluntary American standard, SOC 2 helps to raise cybersecurity maturity and increase business value.
A SOC 2 in 14 days? We’ve completed thousands of them and we can say with authority that this is misleading. As auditors, we believe in accuracy, so we wanted to share what it really takes to complete a SOC 2 and how to get it done as quickly as possible.
Employees at A-LIGN take many different paths throughout their journey – that’s why we sat down with Katie Vokus, one of A-LIGN’s Sr. Consultants for SOC, to talk about her journey in cybersecurity, career growth and the launch of a new training program.
For fast-growing businesses, an audit or certification process may be the last thing on the list of priorities and action items. However, compliance with leading regulations, policies, and frameworks is crucial to continued expansion and success.
For any organization that stores, interprets and manages sensitive data, complying with cybersecurity requirements is of utmost importance. The most comprehensive way to test the strength and effectiveness of these systems is through a compliance assessment.
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The SOC 2 audit process includes 5 categories of Trust Services Criteria: Security, Availability, Confidentiality, Processing Integrity, and Privacy. These categories each cover a set of internal controls related to different aspects of your information security program.
The difference between a SOC 2 Type I audit and a SOC 2 Type II audit is how the controls are evaluated – at a single point in time, or over a period of time. This decision can be driven by budget, timing, resources available, and what customers are asking for.
In a world filled with data breaches and information leaks, establishing trust is not only critical to driving revenue, it can also be a competitive differentiator for new business. A SOC 2 report helps demonstrate to customers and business partners that you take information security seriously.