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SOC 2 (Service Organization Control 2)
SOC 2 (Service Organization Control 2) compliance is a framework developed by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) to address the security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy of data handled by service organizations.
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It is specifically designed for technology and cloud computing organizations that store customer information in the cloud.
SOC 2 compliance is based on a set of criteria called the Trust Service Criteria, which consists of five categories:
Security: The system is protected against unauthorized access (both physical and logical).
Availability: The system is available for operation and use as committed or agreed.
Processing Integrity: System processing is complete, valid, accurate, timely, and authorized.
Confidentiality: Information designated as confidential is protected as committed or agreed.
Privacy: Personal information is collected, used, retained, disclosed, and disposed of in conformity with the commitments in the entity’s privacy notice.
SOC 2 compliance involves a thorough audit of an organization’s systems and processes to ensure they meet the specified criteria. This audit is conducted by an independent third-party auditing firm. Upon successful completion, the organization receives a SOC 2 report that attests to its adherence to the Trust Service Criteria.
Achieving SOC 2 compliance is particularly important for service providers that handle sensitive customer data, as it demonstrates a commitment to maintaining the highest standards of data security and privacy. Many businesses, especially those in the technology and SaaS (Software as a Service) industries, seek SOC 2 compliance to assure their customers that their data is handled with the utmost care and in accordance with industry-recognized standards.