What's New in Vanta 5.3.22
This month we’re excited to highlight new services and features designed to give you more customization over your security program. As your organization grows, the tools you depend on should be able to adapt to those changes. In our latest product update, you’ll find a host of new features aimed at personalization and control, including:
- Our newly released Vanta API (beta)
- Integration support for Snowflake
- Enhanced support for MDM migrations
- New custom evidence features
The Vanta API (beta)
Vanta’s API is now available in beta to all users. We launched our beta API to help customers unlock Vanta’s platform capabilities for custom solutions that meet the needs of their teams.
With the Vanta API, users can develop scripts that further automate work completed in Vanta as well as subsequent tasks completed outside of the platform. Customers can securely access their account data to power custom dashboards, reports, or notifications outside of Vanta.
Ultimately, the Vanta API encourages users to explore unique and creative ways to streamline the management of their security programs in Vanta and beyond.
The beta launch of our API marks an exciting development for Vanta and our customers. We’re thrilled to begin opening Vanta’s platform capabilities and excited to see the many creative solutions users will develop to enhance their security.
Visit our new Vanta developer site to get started with the Vanta API beta.
Vanta now offers an integration with Snowflake’s cloud data platform. This new integration helps users meet the user access and inventory management controls required to maintain a strong security posture and undergo a successful audit.
With Vanta’s Snowflake integration, users can review and define who should have access to the data platform. Snowflake databases are now tracked on the Inventory page, where they can be tagged as holding ePHI or other sensitive customer data. Additionally, new tests are available that check Snowflake for MFA and user access review.
Users can enable Snowflake from the Connections page. Future customers can view our growing list of Vanta integrations.
Enhanced MDM migration support
As organizations grow in size and technical complexity, new tools are often needed to help meet their emerging operational and security requirements. One such tool is a mobile device management service, or MDM.
While Vanta already provides MDM-like capabilities, companies seeking more options can now easily transition from the Vanta agent to their preferred MDM.
Our latest enhancement to MDM migrations helps Vanta admins define which devices should be marked as monitored by Vanta or another provider. Additionally, if a new MDM isn’t set up to cover all machines, the Vanta agent can continue to monitor unmigrated devices.
Users can enable their MDM from the Connections page. Future customers can view our list of supported MDMs on Vanta’s integrations page.
Faster path to audit
New custom evidence features
During a SOC 2 or ISO 27001 audit, it’s common for an auditor to seek clarity on their client’s security practices by requesting additional evidence. Traditionally, these requests come in the form of long email threads with sensitive information sent back and forth until the request is resolved.
Fortunately, Vanta users and their auditors can avoid this time-consuming process by using Vanta’s latest custom evidence request, comment, and approval features.
Auditors can request custom evidence for a single control, or map these requests across multiple controls and security frameworks. Users can review all custom requests through their Documents page and receive email notifications for custom requests as part of the daily summary for all outstanding work.
Upon submission, auditors can signal whether the provided evidence has been approved or rejected. Auditors can also provide additional information via comments to help users resolve any rejections quickly and efficiently.
A pillar of our product roadmap is ensuring that every customer experiences a seamless audit process. We’re excited to see Vanta customers and their auditors use these new features to enhance productivity, reduce audit prep time, and streamline the audit evidence collection process.
Tell us what you think
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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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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