Effective cybersecurity requires a process of continuous improvement. That's the goal of SOC 2 compliance -- to ensure that an organization's systems continue to guarantee security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy. Unlike other compliance mandates that only require a passing test result, SOC 2 compliance establishes an enterprise-wide framework for protecting digital assets.
Achieving compliance or a "clean" report indicates to partners, vendors, and customers that an organization has a security framework that protects its digital assets. From our knowledge and experience, we have created a SOC 2 Proven Process that delivers risk oversight in crucial areas of a SOC 2 audit.
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A successful audit indicates that the required levels of risk oversight have been met. In other words, an enterprise has processes in place for monitoring system activity in the following areas:
Compliance requires a monitoring system that watches expected activity and sends alerts when the unexpected occurs.
In today's threat environment, a security incident is likely to happen. To minimize the security risk, SOC 2 requires organizations to demonstrate that they have an alert system in place that notifies appropriate personnel when unauthorized access to customer data occurs. Specific SOC 2 mandates require companies to set up alerts for activities that could result in:
The system must demonstrate a company's ability to respond and contain the threat before a system is compromised or data is lost.
SOC 2 guidelines require system-wide auditing. Without information on what happened, it's difficult to launch a timely and effective response. Audit trails provide information on system activity that can help companies gain insights into system activities that may weaken the infrastructure and introduce vulnerabilities into the system.
Meeting SOC 2 mandates for system auditing requires understanding what critical pieces of information are needed to assess potential risk. Logging of system-wide activity enables investigators to identify the point of origin should an incident occur. It allows analysts to determine the extent of the attack and to establish corrective measures.
A compliant SOC 2 framework stipulates how an organization takes corrective action to prevent exposure or loss of data, based on system alerts. With proper auditing, organizations should be able to trace the attack from the point of origin through the system to the point of containment.
To receive a clean report, procedures must demonstrate a clear path for reporting attacks or suspected attacks so threats can be contained and corrective measures put into place. SOC 2 compliance is not a once and done effort. It is an ongoing commitment to the improvement of internal practices to protect digital assets and help businesses thrive.
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The Proven Process satisfies customer demands for proof that their data is safe and handled in a controlled environment to ensure compliance with trust service criteria.
This solution delivers oversight of risk and the ability to review risk reports at regular reporting periods.
GreyCastle Security’s SOC 2 report readiness service provides for an impartial third-party to attest to the findings based on documentation and evidence provided at either a point-in-time or for a period of time.
A "clean" SOC 2 report can help your organization foster trust and build confidence with clients regarding service delivery processes and controls. You can demonstrate evidence to auditors and the marketplace that you have security controls in place and continuously improve upon them.
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No matter your industry, GreyCastle Security has built a proven process to verify to clients and auditors that your organization has a continuous process for managing and implementing security.
SOC 2 compliance is a process that requires knowledgeable partners who can deliver risk oversight and satisfy the demand for proof of a controlled environment. You need an impartial third party such as GreyCastle Security to attest to the clean report.