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New in Vanta | December 2022
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New in Vanta | December 2022

We continue to innovate quickly to help you improve your compliance and security programs. This past month, we launched our own security awareness training video, along with these exciting platform updates:

  • Multi-IdP group membership options
  • Integrations page design update
  • Inventory group owners & default details
  • Create tasks from Documents
  • New Access integration: Intercom
  • Monitors page for non-admin users
  • New Checklist user interface and Reusable custom tasks


Security awareness training by Vanta


Vanta announces new security awareness training

Vanta released its own security awareness training, developed by our in-house team of security and compliance experts.

Our new video covers information security topics in a way that nurtures a positive, empowering, and strong culture of security at your organization. As with your current Vanta experience, employees can learn about information security best practices and complete their security training directly within Vanta to fulfill their annual training requirement.

Customers may preview and opt-in to the new training video in Vanta today by contacting your Customer Success Manager.


Multi-IdP group membership options


IdP membership options

Vanta lets you import employee groups from your organization’s IdP so that you may seamlessly manage employees in Vanta in ways that make sense for your organization. 

For employees with membership across multiple groups in your IdP, you may now select which group to associate the employee with in Vanta. Upon group import or from the People page, you can easily assign an employee’s primary group membership. 

We’ll soon support even more identity providers and allow employees to be assigned to multiple-groups at once in Vanta.



Learn more about Dynamic IdP Groups


The Integrations page got a design update


Vanta's Integrations page

The Integrations page has a new look.

With this updated design, you can view all integrations on a single page, view by category, or search by name. Integration details are provided explaining what the service does, which permissions are required, and which tests or automations the integration powers within Vanta. Partner-built connectors are now displayed alongside native Vanta-built connections for easier discoverability. 

Vanta’s fast-growing integration network and continued improvements to how integrations are presented and leveraged by Vanta means we have your organization’s tech stack covered for the long-term.


View the updated Integrations page


Inventory page – group ownership and default details

Vanta Inventory

We’ve made improvements to how resources are managed on the Inventory page. 

Several compliance standards, such as SOC 2 and ISO 27001, require operational resources to have a defined description and owner. For resources that lack this information, Vanta now provides default details based on the resource type and who originally connected the service. These details can be updated at any time.

In addition, we’ve listened to your feedback and made it easy for you to type in a group name, such as ‘infrastructure team,' as the owner of a resource. Now, resources can have an individual or group assigned as an owner. 

View these updates on the Inventory page

Create tasks from Documents

Creating tasks on the Documents page

Tasks can now be created directly from any document on the Documents page. Similar to tests within Vanta, documents can house tickets to assign and track the work needed from your team to complete a required piece of evidence. This feature is currently available to users of Asana, Jira, Linear, and Shortcut. 

Try creating a task from any document on the Documents page


New access integration – Intercom


Vanta now offers an integration to track user access to Intercom. Because Intercom may hold sensitive customer data, it’s important to keep access to the service up-to-date and limited to users who need it for their jobs. 

Our Intercom integration is available to all customers and can be added from the Integrations page. Access Reviews customers can add Intercom to their list of services to review, thereby reducing risk of unwanted access and lowering costs associated with unused user licenses.



View the Integrations page to connect Intercom

Monitors page for non-admin users


Enhanced Monitors page

Our Monitors page has been enhanced. For employees in your organization without admin or editor access to Vanta, a new “Monitors” page will be visible if they have a test, document, or other item to complete.

For example, an employee from your sales department may be assigned as the owner of a document within Vanta. For this non-admin user, their Monitors page will only display their required task and no other sensitive information or access to other areas of Vanta.

New checklist user interface and reusable custom tasks

Checklist user interface

Setting up employee tasks on the checklists page has been redesigned to simplify the process and remove any duplicate steps. The new checklist user interface intuitively guides new Admins through the four key steps to complete their employee tasks setup. And reusable custom tasks mean Admins can now apply a single custom task to multiple checklists. Also, employees only need to complete a custom task once, even if they move groups or checklists after completing it. 

The phased GA rollout of this functionality will start in January with a target to complete by the end of the month.


See our Release Notes for all updates this month.

Try it out

Log in to your Vanta account to try out these new features. For prospective customers, request a demo.

As always, we welcome your feedback. Let us know what you think by reaching out to your Customer Success Manager. And stay in the loop on Vanta news via LinkedIn.

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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.

Get PCI DSS certified

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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