Everything You Need to Know About SOC 2 Audits
Whether you’re looking to achieve SOC 2 compliance, or just want to learn more about it, your Googling is bound to lead you to a wealth of articles chock full of buzzwords and acronym soup. In this post, we will provide a guide with definitions, links and resources to gain a solid understanding of everything you need to know about SOC 2 audits.
The Definitive Guide to SOC 2 Policy Frameworks
If this is your first time pursuing SOC 2 certification, you will quickly find that documentation is the cornerstone of a successful audit. Writing clear, concise policies is especially critical, and if you don’t currently have a policy structure in place, it can be difficult to figure out which policies you need.
Software Development Lifecycle Policy | A Practical Guide to SOC2
A software development lifecycle (SDLC) policy helps your company not suffer a similar fate by ensuring software goes through a testing process, is built as securely as possible, and that all development work is compliant as it relates to any regulatory guidelines and business needs.Here are some primary topics your software development lifecycle policy and software development methodology should cover
Implement a BYOD Policy | Best Practices for SOC 2 Compliance
Removable media, cloud storage, and BYOD devices can be a quick and convenient way for employees to handle data. But with this convenience comes some serious security concerns. Unprotected removable storage is an easy entry point for end users to inadvertently bring in viruses and malware into your company network, thus increasing the risk of business data exposure, hardware failures and data breaches. While it may be easier to prohibit employees from using removable media and declare it a punishable offense, that approach is impractical and unrealistic.
SOC 2 Terminology Glossary
SOC 2 compliance, like so many things related to IT and security, is chock full of terms and acronyms to learn. If you are just getting started with SOC 2, it’s helpful to get familiar with this alphabet soup ahead of time so you can move your compliance efforts forward with confidence. Below is a SOC 2 terminology glossary to get you started:
Writing Your Security Incident Response Policy
This article will point you to the core concepts within the SIRP so that you understand the purpose of this policy before writing your own.
How To Prepare For Your First SOC 2 Audit A 30-90-120 Day Plan
Despite thousands of articles, there’s shockingly little actionable advice to help startups complete SOC 2. One area that usually requires some remediation is access controls. Most teams don’t have answers when auditors ask “who has access to a specific database or server and what queries did they execute?” That’s why we started strongDM- to manage and monitor access to every database, server, & environment.
Practical Tips to Improve Data Center Security and Compliance
This post will answer the following questions: How do I know what rules and regulations I need to follow when protecting my data and data center? Where should I host my secure data center infrastructure (on-prem vs. colocation facilities vs. cloud vs. hybrid solution)? How do I plan for - and recover from - a physical data center failure?
How to Write Your Software Development Lifecycle Policy
A staggering amount of cybersecurity breaches are caused by software vulnerabilities. From the early worms of the 1980s through the early 2000s - like Blaster, Code Red, and Melissa - to the notable Petya and WannaCry of the past few years, these vulnerabilities are all rooted in software flaws that allowed systems to be exploited. A software development lifecycle (SDLC) policy helps your company not suffer a similar fate by ensuring software goes through a testing process, is built as securely as possible, and that all development work is compliant as it relates to any regulatory guidelines and business needs.
System Changes Policy 101
In the world of SOC 2, the general rule is to write a policy, procedure or log entry for just about everything that happens in your environment. This is especially important when it comes to system changes, as auditors want to see that you have detailed logs of what’s happening in your environment, that the changes are properly documented and communicated across your organization, and that you can effectively debug problems after a change is made. All of these requirements and expectations are defined in your system changes policy.
Log Management and Review Best Practices
When an information security incident occurs, you need to be able to gather as much information about it as quickly as possible. There’s also a very real possibility that you will have to involve outside parties - such as an incident response team - to help you as well. That means you can’t approach log management and retention as a simple checkbox. Instead, you need to have rich data that captures audit logs from all critical information systems.
Defining Your IT Vendor Management Policy
As you work through the rigorous SOC 2 requirements, it is easy to get tunnel vision because so much of your work focuses on protecting your customers and their information. But what about the vendors you work with? Do you have a third-party IT vendor management strategy to address the risks they bring to your organization?
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