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What's New in Vanta 6.30.21

What's New in Vanta 6.30.21

Documents tab, new and improved tests, and better employee offboarding

Today we’re releasing several big improvements to Vanta. As always, thank you for your feedback as we work to make Vanta the best solution to stay secure and compliant. Here’s what’s new:


Documents tab for uploaded evidence


Vanta automatically collects the vast majority of the evidence you’ll need to complete a SOC 2, HIPAA, or ISO 27001. However, there are some additional documents, such as your org chart or privacy policy, that you’ll need to provide. We’ve made it easy to upload these documents and URLs directly to Vanta, so you and your auditor can access everything you’ll need to prove compliance in one place.

Simply click on the Documents tab on the Tasks page. There you’ll find a list of the most commonly requested pieces of evidence to upload. Upload your documents, add links, and mark any irrelevant items as inapplicable. Now, all of your automated and uploaded pieces of evidence live within Vanta.

New and improved tests


Vanta automates compliance and security monitoring by running tests on your company’s most critical business tools – such as cloud services, identity providers, dev tools, and HR systems. Vanta integrates directly with these services via read-only APIs and runs hourly tests to verify their security settings, access controls, and functionality.

Because tests are core to how Vanta enables security, we continue to launch new tests to support even more business tools and standards, such as ISO 27001 and HIPAA. To that effect, we’ve recently added over 40 new tests, including:

  • ISO 27001 and HIPAA tests for screen lock via Kandji (Apple devices)
  • Improved employee off-boarding tests to ensure accounts are properly deprovisioned
  • New tests to ensure MFA is enabled for services monitored by Vanta
  • Support of and improvements to several integrations, including: Digital Ocean, Kandji, GitLab, Azure Devops, and several HR tools
  • New tests to ensure that a code review is required to commit changes to the main branch


In addition, we looked closely at the tests Vanta already runs to find ways to improve them. In result, we’ve enhanced the behavior and instructions of over 100 tests to speed up and simplify the compliance process. Many of these changes are already in-product with future updates rolling out monthly to keep Vanta updated and your business secure.


We’re constantly improving tests in Vanta to automate evidence gathering and security monitoring. For a complete history of our improvements to tests and integrations, see our Product Updates page.

Improved employee on/off–boarding


Vanta gives you one place to track critical employee onboarding tasks like background checks and security training. Vanta also makes it easy to verify that employees have been properly deprovisioned when they leave. And as we recently announced, we now integrate with many major HR systems to streamline employee on/off–boarding processes.

In addition to these new HR integrations, we’ve made it easier to manage your employees’ security settings within Vanta. Now, you can see all of the devices associated with each employee right from the People page. And one small, but frequently requested, feature is now supported – you can export all of the information from the People and Computers pages as CSV for any external workflows. 


As always, we welcome your feedback on these changes! Please let us know what you think by reaching out to your Customer Success Manager.

– The Vanta Team

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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.

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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).

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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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