What's New in Vanta 7.12.22
This month we’re showcasing new features designed to make your experience managing and customizing work in Vanta easier than ever. We’re also excited to announce support for CCPA compliance and the launch of Vanta’s new look.
Read on to learn about Vanta’s latest features including custom control management, test assignments, and your new compliance page.
Now supporting CCPA compliance
In 2020, California enacted the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), a state law that grants residents the right to know about, delete, and opt-out of the usage and sale of their personal data.
With the highest population and largest economy in the US, California is an important state for nearly every technology company to do business in. It’s critical that tech companies fully understand their legal obligations when doing business with California consumers.
To help you understand and meet these requirements, Vanta now supports CCPA compliance. Protect your business in the Golden State, build trust with prospects, and lead the conversation on consumer privacy with Vanta’s CCPA solution. To add CCPA to your account, reach out to your Customer Success Manager.
Learn more about Vanta’s CCPA compliance product.
Vanta’s new look: Home page and navigation
At Vanta, what and how we build is driven by the needs of our customers. One popular piece of feedback we heard is the desire for clearer direction on what to do within Vanta on a day-by-day basis. Another request is the ability to quickly visualize how your organization is tracking towards its compliance goals.
Simply put, you asked for an at-a-glance view of what actions are needed today to remain compliant and an easy way to understand your organization’s progress towards its security goals.
With your feedback, we launched Vanta’s new look in the form of a new Home page and navigation bar. The Home page is a high-level view of your compliance action items and an easy way to see how your organization is tracking toward its security goals. The new side navigation is a more intuitive, faster way to get around Vanta.
Vanta’s new Home page and navigation is a direct result of your feedback. We’re grateful for the opportunity to put your ideas to work and to the many customers who helped us launch our new look.
Visit your new navigation and Home page.
Assign tests to anyone at your company
Often, the person responsible for a failing test or required document is not a Vanta admin. This separation between admins and employees makes sense from a security perspective, but it can make resolving tests a challenge for employees without access to Vanta.
To expand your delegation options, and to make it easier for employees to understand their tasks, we’ve introduced test assignments. Assignments allow Vanta admins to delegate specific tests to anyone in the company, regardless if they’re a Vanta admin or not.
Upon assignment, employees will be notified via Slack and/or email of their required task. Employees can click-thru on notifications to view a stripped-down version of Vanta displaying their assigned test with details on how to remediate the issue. Assigned employees can create tickets within Vanta to further track the issue, deactivate the test if it’s deemed non-pertinent, and manage their own notification settings. Employees cannot access other parts of Vanta beyond their assigned tests.
Watch our short demo video of the assignment feature.
Get started with assignments on the Tests page.
Faster path to audit
Your new Compliance page
The Standards page is now the Compliance page. We’ve revamped this page to provide quick insight into how your organization is progressing towards its compliance requirements.
View your overall control completion rate as well as a breakdown on remaining technical and non-technical evidence. To help you know exactly when your audit window begins, we’ve added the audit timeline. For additional ease of management and reporting, you can access previous audits, view controls by their status, add custom controls, and export evidence—all from one page.
Visit your new Compliance page.
Control management and custom controls
For organizations that maintain additional controls not reflected in Vanta’s default list, you now have the flexibility to add and track custom controls using control management.
With control management, your ability to create and manage custom controls is vast. Associate newly created controls with specific compliance standards, such as SOC 2 or ISO 27001. Define the evidence requirements for custom controls by using Vanta’s library of automated and non-technical tests, or create a new evidence requirement to support your custom control.
Best of all, your custom controls and their associated tests work seamlessly with the rest of Vanta. Custom controls are displayed, monitored, and reported alongside Vanta’s default set of controls. Tests for custom controls can be assigned owners, set for recurrence, and are tracked for audit reporting just like any other test.
We’re also making it easy to opt-out of Vanta controls that may be non-pertinent to your organization’s security environment. With the option to opt-out from default controls and the ability to create your own custom controls, Vanta’s control management feature gives you the flexibility to design the security program that best suits the needs of your growing business.
Get started with control management by visiting your Compliance page.
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.
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
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
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