SOC 2 Compliance in California
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California is the global center of high technology and innovations and is home to thousands of startups dealing with sensitive information and customer data.
If you want SOC 2 certification in California, Akitra’s compliance automation is the solution with a team of experts. Our customer support team will walk you through every step of the SOC 2 certification process.
SOC 2 is an auditing procedure specifying that an organization that handles customer data securely manages it based on 5 “trust service principles” —security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy.
Complying with SOC 2 audit reports gives you an edge over your competition with an added layer of trust and a feeling of security of their sensitive customer data and information.
The manual process of the SOC 2 compliance process requires sufficient labor, a considerable amount of other resources, and a long period which results in high cost and low ROI.
While going through the compliance automation process, some time-consuming tasks will be automated, such as collecting evidence, designing policies from scratch, etc. Naturally, automation is less time-consuming and economically better than the manual process.
After the audit, the organization receives the SOC 2 report, and is shared with stakeholders. Unlike the reports of other frameworks, the SOC 2 report doesn’t contain an extensive list of conditions and requirements; it states that the service organization has secure and reliable controls and policies to avert the risk of cyber threats and data thefts that customer information might face.
Knowing the difference between SOC 2 Type 1 and Type 2 reports is important while going through the compliance process.
Also referred to as point-in-time reports, a SOC 2 Type 1 report is dated to a particular period. The report contains a description of the service organization’s system and tests of the design of the relevant controls.
The SOC 2 Type 2 report covers 6-12 months and consists of a detailed description of the system along with tests of design. In addition, it describes the evidence of the operating effectiveness of controls to specify that the controls and system are functioning as directed by the service organization’s management.
Determine the scope of SOC 2 compliance and choose the appropriate trust principle apart from security.
Choose relevant controls and policies from the controls library and policies.
Gather evidence for chosen controls using automated evidence collection.
Receive SOC 2 audit report after an audit by an independent auditor.
Review audit reports, remediate control deficiencies, and maintain ongoing compliance.