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How to get SOC 2 compliance: why SIEM is a game changer

How to get SOC 2 compliance: why SIEM is a game changer

While today’s business leaders generally understand how important it is to implement multiple layers of security over their customer data, they can’t protect what they don’t know about. This is why it’s essential to have a complete and current view of their entire IT infrastructure. That’s the first step towards achieving compliance with any information security regulation, and SOC 2 is no ...

What Must Every SOC 2 Compliance Checklist Contain to Achieve Compliance?

What Must Every SOC 2 Compliance Checklist Contain to Achieve Compliance?

If you're running a service organization that collects, stores, and shares sensitive customer information, you need to have a System and Organization Controls 2 (SOC 2) certificate. Being SOC 2 compliant will show your customers and prospects that your business has the appropriate cybersecurity measures in place to protect their private information.

5 Critical SOC 2 Principles You Can't Afford to Overlook

5 Critical SOC 2 Principles You Can't Afford to Overlook

If you're a business owner providing third-party services, keeping your customers' sensitive information secure should be one of your top priorities. With the number of data breaches happening every day and the way some providers mishandle customer information, data security has never been more important. Establishing a high level of trust with your customers is a key factor to the success of ...

Is Your Cybersecurity Awareness Training as Effective as You Think?

Is Your Cybersecurity Awareness Training as Effective as You Think?

Not all employees are aware that they possibly pose a security threat to the company. Some of them may not even be familiar with phishing and other common scams and may not understand their responsibilities toward protecting company data. 

SOC 2 compliance requirements: 5 of the most common mistakes to avoid

SOC 2 compliance requirements: 5 of the most common mistakes to avoid

Passing a SOC 2 audit validates your efforts to achieve a high standard of security and privacy. It can be a powerful tool in demonstrating your company’s commitment to keeping customer data safe and, consequently, opening the door to new and continued business.

Why Is Cybersecurity Risk Assessment Vital to SOC 2 Compliance?

Why Is Cybersecurity Risk Assessment Vital to SOC 2 Compliance?

If you manage a business, you already know that it can be exposed to many cyberthreats. This is why businesses conduct a variety of security measures such as network risk assessments. There are numerous cybersecurity strategies that business owners can take to avoid cybersecurity incidents, starting with knowing your risk level, i.e., zero, low, medium, or high. 

4 ways a backup and disaster recovery solution determines SOC 2 audit success

4 ways a backup and disaster recovery solution determines SOC 2 audit success

SOC 2 is an auditing procedure for service providers designed to evaluate data-management measures across five trust service principles. These include security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy. A SOC 2 audit will report on the operational effectiveness of these areas, and a successful pass can be a gateway to business growth.

What is end-to-end encryption, and how does it affect SOC 2 compliance?

What is end-to-end encryption, and how does it affect SOC 2 compliance?

While standard layers of defense, such as network firewalls and antivirus software are critical for maintaining a good security posture, they’re far from fail-proof. Determined attackers can and will exploit a multitude of potential vulnerabilities in your network. And, given the fact most organizations now use a dizzyingly complex and disparate range of computing resources, they have many such ...

Why Is Vulnerability Testing Crucial to Preparing for a SOC 2 Audit?

Why Is Vulnerability Testing Crucial to Preparing for a SOC 2 Audit?

Cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service providers play a big role in their clients' data security. When providers mishandle data, organizations can be left vulnerable to cyberattacks like malware installation, data theft, and more.

SOC 2 compliance: 5 issues an external vulnerability scan can reveal

SOC 2 compliance: 5 issues an external vulnerability scan can reveal

Most data breaches are easily avoidable by taking a proactive stance. By contrast, businesses used to rely primarily on reactive measures, such as conventional antivirus software. However, while these measures are still important too, they only kick in once a threat has already made it past your network, potentially causing serious disruption in the process.