Who can perform a SOC 2 audit?
As your company grows and starts to service the midmarket and enterprise, you may find that you need a consistent and recognized way to demonstrate your company’s security practices to customers and prospects. A SOC 2 audit offers a standardized framework to assess your security practices and to communicate the results to your clients. But it can be confusing to get started: with whom should you work? Who can perform a SOC 2 audit? Let’s walk through the process.
Proving security as you sell into the enterprise
If proving your company’s security is becoming a barrier to growth — you’re spending more and more time answering security questionnaires, taking one-off calls to discuss your security practices, and taking time away from your core business — it may be the right moment to undertake a SOC 2 audit. As you sell your product to larger companies, you may find that they apply more scrutiny in the procurement process; with cybersecurity concerns front-and-center for your enterprise customers and their users, potential clients must ensure that your product is secure and that you are maintaining security practices at a level of quality that meets their needs.
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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.
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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.
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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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