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ISAE 3000 | SOC 2

Organizations are facing more security threats than ever before. To differentiate your organization from the competition, it is necessary to demonstrate your commitment to addressing these threats.

ISAE 3000 | SOC 2 is the leading standard for demonstrating the design and operational effectiveness of your security, risk, and control practices. The standard is a tool that enables organizations to manage a control system tailored to their own branding and culture. However, it also ensures that processes follow best practices. The ultimate goal is to produce a report that provides transparency and a secure organization. It offers a simple reference point for your clients to be certain and demonstrate their own compliance for using your services.

There are several steps to achieving ISAE 3000 | SOC 2.

Contact an ISAE 3000 | SOC 2 Provider

Because this standard involves a lot of complicated terminology, it can be confusing for an organization to work with. It is often unclear which standard best fits the organization and what is actually required to meet these requirements. This is why it is time-saving to contact a provider who can easily guide the organization through this process.

ISAE 3000 | SOC 2 Scope

Whether the organization is working on an ISO 27001, ISAE 3402 | SOC 1, or ISAE 3000 | SOC 2 standard, it is important to determine which scope applies. This is what the end-user (organization and client) would want assurance about. It involves the services, systems, and criteria that apply. For example, organizations may have different types of entities and services. It is not necessary to include all of these services if they are not relevant to the requirements of the end-users. For an ISO 27001 standard, only security is reported, while for an ISAE 3000 | SOC 2, availability, confidentiality, privacy, and processing integrity are also considered.

ISAE 3000 | SOC 2 Service Auditor

Many organizations still hesitate to approach a service auditor. This is often because there is a perception that the organization can handle it itself. However, engaging a service auditor is much more promising. As described, there are many complicated terminologies, and this can be confusing.

Securance offers organizations the ability to independently implement various governance, risk, and compliance standards within the organization using the ControlReports application. ControlReports is based on the latest best practices in the market for risk management and information security.

Securance offers services in governance, risk, and compliance. Securance is the market leader and most progressive organization in ISAE 3402 | SOC 1 implementation and certification.

Audit

Unlike a fiscal or financial audit, ISAE 3000 | SOC 2 and ISO 27001 audits are not trying to catch you out. The auditor is looking for documentation or other evidence to prove that your practices are what you say they are. For ISAE 3000 | SOC 2 Type 2, the auditor also verifies that you are actually applying the practices in accordance with how you say you are.

ISAE 3000 | SOC 2 System Description

ISAE 3000 | SOC 2 is an assurance report and not a certification like ISO 27001. However, many end-users see them as the same. The main difference is that ISAE 3000 | SOC 2 requires a system description that describes the scope, relevant processes, business practices, controls, and auditor validation procedures through a scope.

ISAE 3402 | SOC 2 is less prescriptive than ISO 27001. It also includes additional controls for the user organization and the subservice organization, so users can understand what is and is not covered by the report concerning the users’ own responsibilities and the key suppliers used in delivering the services.

Reporting ISAE 3000 | SOC 2 Achievement

It is the responsibility of the organization to report on achieving the standards. This can bring many benefits and lead to much greater customer satisfaction. However, there are conditions attached to sharing this information. It must be shared in an appropriate manner, not in an incomplete form, and must not be misleading to end-users.

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