New in Vanta: Save time and avoid surprises with Smart System Description
Vanta provides the fastest path to compliance by automatically collecting up to 90% of the evidence needed to prove SOC 2 controls. But those who’ve gone through the SOC 2 process before will know there are certain artifacts like a System Description which still require a great deal of manual, and at times, duplicative work.
Until now. With Smart System Description, exclusive to the Vanta platform, you can generate a System Description in a fraction of the time, and at no additional cost.
A foundation for your SOC 2 report
The System Description is a detailed overview of the scope of your SOC 2 report. It describes your company's product or service, approaches to security, and the controls you have in place to meet the standard. It also outlines which areas of security you manage and which areas are managed by a third party (like your cloud service provider).
Creating a thorough System Description is foundational to your SOC 2 audit. A poorly written or incomplete system description can result in delays to your audit. Providing misleading or incorrect information in a System Description can create problems later on as your downstream customers rely on this information being accurate.
Save up to 10 hours and $1000s in hourly fees
Before Smart System Description, preparing this dozen-plus page document could take between 8-15 hours and require you to go back and forth with your auditor - incurring additional fees.
Vanta’s Smart System Description solves these challenges by walking you through 13 required sections to complete: including your service description, people, and data operations. Best of all, Vanta pre-populates parts of these sections based on your existing work in the platform or allows you to add custom input and tags.
"Smart System Description took what would have been a time-consuming, highly manual process and made it simple. Not only did we save 10+ hours of time, we feel more confident in our system description and overall audit readiness." -Ryan Hess, CEO of Connective Health
Easy to create. Easy to assign. Easy to renew.
Like all policies created with Vanta, managing workflows for your system description is easy. Assign an owner for your system description in Vanta so the right member of your team is looped in. Receive an annual alert when it's time to review and renew your system description, so you never fall out of compliance. And find all your previous system descriptions in one place, so you can easily track changes.
Available now, at no additional cost
Smart System Description is available now for all SOC 2 customers. View Smart System Description within the Documents page to get started.
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.
Does your business offer services to customers who are interested in your level of PCI compliance?
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:
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
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
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
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