Learn How To Prepare For Your First SOC 2 type 1 Audit
Step-by-step instructions to build your team, create a project timeline, write policies and prepare for auditors. Oh, and it's 100% free. We wrote this to make the process less painful for fellow startups.
Phase I: Research
Learn what to expect
SOC2 compliance can be an intimidating process. Step one is understanding what you’re getting yourself into. Read this section in order to learn what to expect from a time, team and budget perspective.
Phase II: Project management
Build your team, delegate tasks, define deadlines
It’s time to start your SOC 2 prep. Step two is to gathering your team, tools, and timeline to understand what’s missing and evaluate build vs buy options.
Phase III: Write Policies
Incorporate best practices
Step three is to actually write your SOC 2 policies. This is the heavy lifting portion. Luckily we have done the hard work of researching best practices so you don’t have to. Read our cheat sheet for each policy then download our open source SOC 2 templates.
- Remote access policy
- Software development lifecycle policy
- Encryption policy
- Workstation security policy
- Business continuity policy
- Disaster recovery policy
- Data center security policy
- Onboarding & offboarding policy
- Information security policy
- Log management policy
- IT vendor management policy
- Password policy
- System change policy
Phase IV: Audit
Prepare for On-site Auditors
You’ve done the hard work to define policies. Now you need to prove they’re complete and enforced. Make sure everyone on your SOC 2 team is available to answer auditors’ questions. Be ready to collect logs, example documentation (ex: onboarding), and evidence that each policy is actually enforced.
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