SOC 2 is one of the most prominent subjects in Information Security. Infosec leaders are constantly concerned with this set of requirements when working in the cloud or with cloud-based products, and it’s nearly impossible to talk about compliance without mentioning this ever-hot topic.
But as important as it is (or perhaps, due to its importance!), SOC 2 has somewhat of a, shall we say, negative, reputation. While the intention behind SOC 2 is to ensure that the proper controls to support and uphold security are continuously adhered to, the many processes associated with preparing for an audit tend to leave infosec leaders pulling their hair out. Here are some of the most common frustrations we hear about:
1. SOC 2 lacks tools to help with staying compliant and requires a great deal of professional services in order to comply. CISOs and compliance managers continuously find themselves asking for controls evidence, relying on colleagues and other stakeholders to cooperate with collection processes;
2. It specifically doesn’t have a checklist manual. There is the Trusted Service Criteria (TSC), which Compliance managers use as a guide, but it’s open to interpretation, and each company uses its own, which opens a huge gap in the communication between the essential parties dealing with Compliance;
3. Skipping or ignoring SOC 2 is pretty much an impossibility. While this is a good thing, as it means stepping up and taking a proactive approach to organizational security, it requires a whole lot of effort;
4. The gap between auditor requests and the ability to satisfy them with no prior knowledge causes delays and infinite back-and-forth communication. Moreover, this lack of key information due to insufficient communication can negatively impact the whole process;
5. And it doesn’t end there. Whenever a company scales, InfoSec Compliance efforts typically need to expand as well. It’s like Stan Lee taught us: “With great power comes great responsibility.”
But this is a post about the PRESENT, not the past.
The world has changed, and along with it, the way we do automation. One of the beauties of living in 2021, with all its pros and cons, is that the compliance ecosystem no longer needs to be limited by insufficient technology. And we’re seeing the start of this transformation, wherein deep-rooted pain points can be reshaped into a true Compliance-utopia.
An awareness of these challenges has enabled the development of much-needed solutions that effectively take the frustration out of meeting SOC 2 requirements.
Now companies can:
I know you’re reading this blog put out by anecdotes, which develops a Ccompliance platform for Infosec Leaders and perhaps thinking that we’re just a bit biased here. So you have every right to be skeptical when we say SOC 2 can be automated, easier, and faster.
But what can we say? It’s true. And we take great pride in pioneering this transformation, with our bold yet achievable goal of ushering compliance into the cloud age. Have a look at our SOC 2 automation tool and discover how simple it is!