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What’s New in Vanta 12.17.2021
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December 17, 2021

What’s New in Vanta 12.17.2021

Wow, can you believe it's already December? We here at Vanta sure can't.

Before we break for eggnog, our team is excited to share several product updates that are sure to save you time, so you can spend it on what really matters. ✨

Create shortcut stories in 1-click from Vanta

Making progress on your compliance goals just got easier. For Shortcut users, upon connecting your account to Vanta, a new "Create Shortcut Story" button will appear within each test page. Click the create button, assign the task, and Vanta will automatically populate the story description with remediation steps for your team to follow. Gone are the days of copying and pasting test details from Vanta to Shortcut!

Create Shortcut stories within Vanta in seconds.

This feature is now live for all Shortcut users. We're excited to hear back on how this release has impacted your team's workflow and velocity for getting stuff done.

New email notification and subscription settings

We're big fans of fewer emails and notifications when possible. To help cut down on the noise, while still keeping your team informed, we've rolled out several updates to how email notifications are categorized and delivered.

We've introduced email subscription categories that reflect how tests are organized within Vanta. Not interested in receiving alerts regarding employee onboarding because you're on the engineering team? No problem. Simply uncheck the categories you'd like to stop receiving email alerts on.

New email categorization by subject matter and frequency.

For users who would like to stay informed across multiple categories, but not on an immediate basis, we've rolled out daily and weekly summary emails. Our summary emails include both high priority alerts and lower priority notices, giving your team a digestible view into changes that could impact your organization's security or compliance record.

Group email subscription

We've also rolled out a group email feature that allows you to subscribe mailing lists (or non-Vanta users) to receive immediate or summary email notifications. Want your whole engineering team to be notified of high priority alerts, such as when malware is detected on a company machine? Simply add the mailing list into Vanta and select the topics and frequency of alerts for your team.

New integrations and platform improvements


The following integration has been released to further support your organization’s tech stack:


The following enhancement has been made to make using Vanta a bit more delightful:

  • Closed captions (CC) to increase the accessibility of security awareness training videos for PCI, GDPR, and Vanta's general employee SAT module.

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

Happy holidays! And 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

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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.

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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