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What's New in Vanta 7.30.21

What's New in Vanta 7.30.21

What's New in Vanta 7.30.21

This month we’ve shipped a number of highly visible features, including a new Tests Dashboard, new Vanta security awareness training (SAT), more automated security tests, and new HR integrations. Read on to learn more about what’s new in Vanta this month!

Introducing the Tests Dashboard

The Tasks page is now the Tests Dashboard. We’ve revamped this highly used page to make it even more informative and actionable. In a glance, quickly understand your company’s security posture, spot shifts in performance, and recognize progress made towards getting compliant.

New Tests Dashboard

Tests are now organized by category, so your team can easily view and navigate tests by their subject area, such as engineering or employee tests. Now, your head of engineering has a focused list of engineering action items, while your head of people can filter down to view only employee items that need attention.

New Security Awareness Training (SAT)

Vanta now offers free security awareness training developed in partnership with Living Security. With this release, Vanta’s security awareness training is housed directly within the Vanta client, so that your employees may view and complete the 30min video without having to leave the Vanta onboarding page.

New (free) Security Awareness Training

Vanta’s SAT video covers various information security topics including: 

Reporting Suspicious Activity, Passwords, Password Managers, MFA, Malware, Ransomware, Phishing, Work From Home (WFH), Mobile Security, Cloud Security Threats, Policy Violations, Data Classification, and Data Privacy

Vanta admins can select this free option from within the onboarding settings page. We recommend not making this change during an audit window, but in case a change is made, Vanta maintains all prior evidence of SAT completion. Previous SAT options are also still available (ESET, Cybrary, and Custom) and new tool-tips explain the differences between these options.

New tests, integrations, and improvements


The following Tests have been rolled out to further automate security and compliance:

  • Check for MFA enabled for Bitbucket, Clubhouse, Github, Heroku, and Slack
  • Check for screen lock enabled for Windows Agent and Intune
  • Check that AWS EC2 Instances, GCP Compute Instances, and DigitalOcean Droplets are closed to public ports


The following Integrations have been rolled out to make onboarding and offboarding employees easier:

  • ADP Workforce Now
  • Paychex Flex

Plus, a historical record of onboarding checklists for offboarded employees is now accessible within Vanta.

Documents Tab Improvements

The Documents tab now supports restricted evidence so that only admins and auditors may upload or download these sensitive documents. This restriction is automatically placed on uploaded background checks, employee exit interviews, org charts, and board notes.

New Restricted Documents Option

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

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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.

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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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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).

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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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