Vanta’s security and compliance overview

Vanta’s security and compliance overview

Security and compliance are a priority for most organizations working in the cloud. But, getting secure and then staying compliant can be challenging. There are so many decisions to make around which areas of security to focus on, how to get them done, and who should be responsible for which areas.

This overview shares strategies for many security and compliance related issues, from how to get started with security to how to prove compliance for the enterprise.

Security posture

Cybersecurity vs information security: What's the difference

What is the difference between cybersecurity and information security? Get a better understanding of how these two data securities differ from one another and how you can protect your organization.

Security awareness training 101: Get your startup ready

Vanta and Living Security are working together to help your team develop the skills necessary to protect your company’s data with security awareness training.

Create a culture of security from the start

Christina Cacioppo and Chris Evans of discuss how to create a culture of security at LAUNCH Jam Session.

Security for B2B sales

What are security reviews and how can they impact your business? Christina Cacioppo, Vanta CEO and co-founder, led a talk with a focus on Security and B2B sales.

Five principles for building a secure product

Vanta CEO, Christina Cacioppo, recently spoke at the Startup Grind 2021 Global Conference and shared tips and best practices for building a secure product.

8 Best practices for vendor management

Learn how to work with vendors while maintaining security with these eight steps for protecting your data.

Security reviews for startups

This guide demystifies security reviews, helps readers improve security at B2B companies, and gives you direction on how to create trust in the process.

Cybersecurity is more important than ever

In a world where security practices are now a constant source of scrutiny, companies are looking for ways to ensure that they are compliant with industry security standards, and effectively defending against nefarious actors. Learn how to make cybersecurity a priority.

Compliance automation

The evolution of information security audits

Vanta’s Matt Cooper spoke at Cobalt’s SecTalks 2021 and discussed how audit irritation spurred the idea for compliance automation and how information security audits are evolving.

The SOC 2 compliance checklist

Vanta provides a five step process to obtaining a SOC 2. Learn how to prepare your organization with this compliance checklist.

Command E locks in end-to-end security for a seamless SOC 2 and compliance beyond the audit

Learn how Command E partnered with Vanta to provide their customers with security assurance and efficiently obtain a SOC 2.

Your HIPAA compliance checklist

Your company must implement and document comprehensive administrative, physical, and technical security safeguards to become HIPAA compliant. Simplify your HIPAA compliance with this actionable checklist.

Why a SOC 2 is the most accepted security compliance standard

Learn why enterprises trust SOC 2 compliance and how your organization’s growth may depend on it.

Notion defines their security roadmap with a continuous monitoring tool

Learn how Vanta’s automated and prescriptive approach helped Notion evolve their security posture to meet the needs of their largest enterprise clients.

A step-by-step guide to effective compliance risk management

Learn how to build a compliance risk management strategy from scratch with this step-by-step guide.

Security compliance and the enterprise sale

We’ve partnered with Modern Sales Pros, Zerto and Kustomer to chat about the importance of security in sales and how to make sure your company is providing the highest level of security to make your potential customers feel comfortable and confident.

Security and compliance terms

Compliance risk management
Compliance software
IT security policy
Security questionnaire
Vendor assessment
Vendor management policy
Vendor review

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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

The ultimate guide to scaling your compliance program

Learn how to scale, manage, and optimize alongside your business goals.

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

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

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


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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