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September 13, 2022

Introducing Vanta's Connectors API

Securing the internet through automation and openness

Organizations of all sizes seek to automate their security and compliance programs to the greatest extent possible—without compromising on effectiveness or spending beyond what is necessary. In 2016, Vanta led the SaaS industry’s shift in viewing compliance as an event that happens once a year to an automated, always-on approach. 

Vanta uses real-time connections from your most critical business tools and assets to provide a clear roadmap towards security certification. Along the way, our platform continuously monitors your business system and surfaces potential issues. 

The trust we help customers foster with their end-users relies on a system of openness in the form of integrations. With 75+ integrations ranging from cloud services, identity providers, MDMs, HR tools, version control, and beyond—Vanta’s in the business of securing the world’s most widely used online tools for the benefit of our customers and their users.

The Connectors API

To extend the openness and full potential of the Vanta platform, we’re introducing our Connectors API. The Connectors API unlocks the potential for any developer to send pertinent security information to Vanta. In turn, Vanta users are more secure for having real-time data from their various business services under one roof for ongoing monitoring. 

Technology partners can use the Connectors API to build and publish their own integrations on Vanta’s integration network. Partner-built integrations look and operate like native connections, working seamlessly for Vanta users. Data originating from third-party services are shared via the Connectors API, resulting in increased security and compliance automation for our mutual customers.

For Vanta customers, the launch of the Connectors API demonstrates our commitment to make Vanta the most advanced, technology-forward cloud compliance platform on the market. By using both third-party and native built integrations, you can rest assured knowing that Vanta can adapt to your evolving tech stack as your organization grows overtime.  

Celebrating our technology partners

We’re excited to launch the Connectors API with nearly a dozen technology partners. Our launch partners bring extended coverage to the Vanta platform, including new integrations for incident management, security training, MDM, task tracking, and secret storage.

To highlight the value our technology partners bring to our users, consider Incident.io, whose novel Slack-based incident management solution enables teams to easily and quickly assemble to tackle critical service issues. Or Kolide, whose endpoint security management tool helps remote teams identify potential security threats and coaches employees to self-remediate security tasks all within Slack.

Metadata flows securely from technology partners like Incident.io and Kolide to power important Vanta pages and tests. Vanta users can review account access information and satisfy compliance standard requirements by using partner-built integrations. Mutual customers recognize increased value for both services and are more likely to renew when your service becomes part of the compliance solution.

Connectors API for Vanta customers

Opening the Connectors API to technology partners is just the beginning. In the coming months, we’ll begin rolling out the API to Vanta customers who can use the framework to write their own private connections. Stay tuned!

By connecting your tech stack to Vanta, your options are limitless in customizing how you’d like Vanta to leverage first-party data for continuous security monitoring and compliance automation. This unlocks a truly customizable approach to how your system and Vanta communicate to keep your business and end-users secure. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting development.

Get started with the Connectors API

We’re relentless in our mission to secure the internet by providing SaaS businesses with a platform to automate security and streamline compliance. The Connectors API is a leap forward in that mission, and we’re excited to share the news with our customers and potential technology partners. 

  • For Vanta customers, you’ll soon be able to discover partner-built integrations directly in Vanta.

  • For integration builders, we invite you to learn more about the Connectors API. Vanta customers can also apply to join our integration network!

  • If you’re new to Vanta, we invite you to schedule a demo.


See our updated
Integrations page for Vanta's entire collection of partner-built and native integrations.

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  • Easily create and save a new access review at a point in time
  • View detailed audit evidence of historical access reviews
Setup access review procedures
  • Define a global access review procedure that stakeholders can follow, ensuring consistency and mitigation of human error in reviews
  • Set your access review frequency (monthly, quarterly, etc.) and working period/deadlines
Consolidate account access data from systems
  • Integrate systems using dozens of pre-built integrations, or “connectors”. System account and HRIS data is pulled into Vanta.
  • Upcoming integrations include Zoom and Intercom (account access), and Personio (HRIS)
  • Upload access files from non-integrated systems
  • View and select systems in-scope for the review
Review, approve, and deny user access
  • Select the appropriate systems reviewer and due date
  • Get automatic notifications and reminders to systems reviewer of deadlines
  • Automatic flagging of “risky” employee accounts that have been terminated or switched departments
  • Intuitive interface to see all accounts with access, account accept/deny buttons, and notes section
  • Track progress of individual systems access reviews and see accounts that need to be removed or have access modified
  • Bulk sort, filter, and alter accounts based on account roles and employee title
Assign remediation tasks to system owners
  • Built-in remediation workflow for reviewers to request access changes and for admin to view and manage requests
  • Optional task tracker integration to create tickets for any access changes and provide visibility to the status of tickets and remediation
Verify changes to access
  • Focused view of accounts flagged for access changes for easy tracking and management
  • Automated evidence of remediation completion displayed for integrated systems
  • Manual evidence of remediation can be uploaded for non-integrated systems
Report and re-evaluate results
  • Auditor can log into Vanta to see history of all completed access reviews
  • Internals can see status of reviews in progress and also historical review detail

PCI Compliance Selection Guide

Determine Your PCI Compliance Level

If your organization processes, stores, or transmits cardholder data, you must comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), a global mandate created by major credit card companies. Compliance is mandatory for any business that accepts credit card payments.

When establishing strategies for implementing and maintaining PCI compliance, your organization needs to understand what constitutes a Merchant or Service Provider, and whether a Self Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) or Report on Compliance (ROC) is most applicable to your business.

Answer a few short questions and we’ll help identify your compliance level.

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Identify your PCI SAQ or ROC level

The PCI Security Standards Council has established the below criteria for Merchant and Service Provider validation. Use these descriptions to help determine the SAQ or ROC that best applies to your organization.

Good news! Vanta supports all of the following compliance levels:

SAQ A

A SAQ A is required for Merchants that do not require the physical presence of a credit card (like an eCommerce, mail, or telephone purchase). This means that the Merchant’s business has fully outsourced all cardholder data processing to PCI DSS compliant third party Service Providers, with no electronic storage, processing, or transmission of any cardholder data on the Merchant’s system or premises.

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SAQ A-EP

A SAQ A-EP is similar to a SAQ A, but is a requirement for Merchants that don't receive cardholder data, but control how cardholder data is redirected to a PCI DSS validated third-party payment processor.

Learn more about eCommerce PCI

SAQ D
for service providers

A SAQ D includes over 200 requirements and covers the entirety of PCI DSS compliance. If you are a Service Provider, a SAQ D is the only SAQ you’re eligible to complete.

Use our PCI checklist

ROC
Level 1 for service providers

A Report on Compliance (ROC) is an annual assessment that determines your organization’s ability to protect cardholder data. If you’re a Merchant that processes over six million transactions annually or a Service Provider that processes more than 300,000 transactions annually, your organization is responsible for both a ROC and an Attestation of Compliance (AOC).

Automate your ROC and AOC

Download this checklist for easy reference

Questions?

Learn more about how Vanta can help. You can also find information on PCI compliance levels at the PCI Security Standards Council website or by contacting your payment processing partner.

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