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September 8, 2022

Meet the Team!

Tell us about your role at Vanta

I’m a software engineering intern at Vanta working on the Organizational Security team. Companies using Vanta to improve their security posture and become compliant use various tool stacks, from task trackers to cloud services to identity providers. I’ve been working on building extensible and scalable support for ingesting security-relevant resources from these third parties.


Give us an overview of your experience

As a startup in the midst of hyper-growth, Vanta is an incredibly dynamic place to work. We’re iterating quickly, constantly adding new features, and there’s a contagious excitement and belief in our mission that shines through in every interaction I’ve had with fellow Vanta’ns. I’ve spent this summer gaining great perspective into the ways a company effectively and efficiently scales (as well as the challenges that come with rapid growth), and this has led to valuable learning opportunities across all functions at Vanta. I’m consistently impressed by the transparency at the company, and the willingness of every Vanta’n to share their experience and wisdom with me.


What made you realize this was the right internship for you?

The people I interviewed with were kind, creative, and grounded. When I arrived at Vanta, primarily working out of Vanta’s New York City office, I was blown away by the upbeat and playful energy at the office and the cross-functional collaboration between Vanta’ns sitting next to one another. Company culture is really central to an internship experience, and I immediately felt welcome and inspired at Vanta.


Why did you decide to choose Vanta over other companies?

I’m deeply passionate about building a better internet, one that is more secure and safe for everyone that uses (or will use) it. I think a lack of security and privacy for users is an existential threat to the virtue of our digital lives, and I believe in Vanta’s role as a core contributor in that fight. Every company that processes sensitive user data stands to benefit from using Vanta and contribute to a safer internet. A world in which using Vanta for continuous security is the expectation for software companies is one that I hope to experience: I chose Vanta because I wanted to help make that a reality.


Why are you excited about Vanta’s mission or product?

Vanta’s product is really interesting to work on because it requires a lot of thinking on:


1. What makes a software company secure beyond defined compliance controls and how can this be continuously monitored rather than surfaced as a point-in-time check?

2. How can we make the notion of being “secure” digestible in-product and extensible to companies of different sizes and industries? These aren’t easy questions, and they lend themselves to solving exciting and challenging problems.


What’s your favorite book?

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I love reading historical fiction and The Nightingale is my pick of the bunch. It’s a compelling story (following two sisters living dramatically different lives during World War II) that’s beautifully written with lively and well-developed characters. It made me bawl my eyes out. I’d highly recommend and love to hear others’ thoughts on the book so please do reach out.

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Access Review Stage Content / Functionality
Across all stages
  • 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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