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November 2, 2021

What’s New in Vanta 11.2.21

What a month it’s been here at Vanta! We launched two new products, PCI DSS and GDPR. If your business is innovating in fintech or payments – you’ll want to attend our upcoming PCI Webinar. If your company has, or is looking to attract more, EU or UK customers, then our GDPR solution is a must-have heading into 2022.

The Vanta platform also received big updates this month, including the launch of recurring security awareness training, automatic employee reminder emails, a revamped Vanta Help Center, new integrations, and more. Read on to learn more about what’s new this month!

New products: PCI DSS and GDPR

Vanta now supports PCI DSS and GDPR compliance!

PCI DSS is centered on protecting customer cardholder data and is a perfect fit for any business innovating in fintech, payments, insurance, or lending. Our PCI DSS product automates over half of the evidence collection work needed to prove compliance, and if you’re an existing SOC2 customer, then you’re more than halfway done with proving PCI DSS compliance. Sign-up for our PCI DSS 101 webinar

GDPR is all about protecting the personal data and privacy of EU and UK residents. If your business collects, targets, or processes data related to people in the EU or UK, then you’re required to be GDPR compliant. Vanta’s GDPR solution includes step-by-step guidance on how to get and remain GDPR compliant, including 77 controls and 22 legal-vetted policy templates. Plus, for existing SOC2 or ISO 27001 customers, you’re nearly halfway there to proving GDPR compliance. Learn more on GDPR


Recurring Security Awareness Training

Security awareness trainings help your employees stay informed about best security practices. A good security training program refreshes regularly so your organization has the most up to date knowledge and remains compliant. Vanta now helps you manage a dynamic security program with annual trainings.

Employees will automatically be reminded to complete their required training beginning 10-months after their previous completion date – giving your organization ample time to get trained-up and remain in good standing. 


Automatic Email Reminders for Employees

No one likes chasing down employees to remind them to complete required tasks like security awareness training – so now Vanta does that for you!

This new feature is automatically set to ‘never’, but when enabled, employees will automatically be reminded of overdue tasks related to security trainings, Vanta Agent installations, background check completions, and policy acceptances. So long Slack pings about incomplete onboarding!

Renewed Vanta Help Center

We’ve completely revamped the Vanta Help Center to make it even easier to get the most out of Vanta. Within the new help center, you’ll find upcoming and previously recorded webinars, tips on using Vanta, FAQs, and a clear way to contact our support team.

You now have easy access to our entire collection of help articles on topics including, getting started, audit readiness, employee management, resource management, using integrations, and managing tests within Vanta. Give the new Vanta Help Center a visit!

New Tests, Integrations, and Improvements

Tests

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


Integrations

The following Integrations have been released to further support your organization’s tech and business stack:

  • KnowBe4 integration for custom security awareness training and automated completion tracking
  • JumpCloud (beta) integration for MDM resource management


Improvements

  • Screen-lock status is now viewable within the Computers page, Employee drawer, and via CSV export
  • PCI DSS and GDPR standards are now visible within the Vanta Standards page
  • Security awareness training for PCI DSS now available
  • Vanta Agent support for Windows 11
  • Employee Groups can now be applied to Policies for improved policy management and tracking

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

Let’s keep in touch on LinkedIn.

– 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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Does your business offer services to customers who are interested in your level of PCI compliance?

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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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