benefits of soc2 certification

SOC2 Certification is today the need of the industry especially for every business offering third-party IT services. Businesses that outsource certain aspects of their data information operations prefer dealing with secure vendors. They prefer working with vendors demonstrating evidence of implementing best security practices and rigorously protect sensitive information.

So, most businesses demand  for a SOC 2 compliant vendor who demonstrates strict adherence to IT security. Achieving SOC 2 certification means vendors have established practices with required levels of security across their organization to protect data. Elaborating more on this, we have listed some of the benefits of attaining SOC2 Certification. Let us take a closer look at the benefits to understand the importance of SOC2 Audit and Attestation/Certification

Benefits of SOC2 Certification

1Brand Reputation-

SOC 2 Certification is an evidence that the organization has taken all necessary measures to prevent a data breach. This in turn helps in building good credibility and enhances the brand reputation in the market.

2. Competitive Advantage –

Holding a SOC2 Certification/ Attestation definitely gives your business an edge over others in the industry. With so much at stake, businesses are only looking to partner with vendors who are safe and have implemented appropriate measures for preventing data breaches. Vendors are required to complete a SOC 2 Audit to prove they are safe to work with. Besides when pursuing clients that require a SOC 2 report, having one available will give you an advantage over competitors who do not have one. 

3Marketing Differentiator– 

Although several companies claim to be secure, they cannot prove that without passing a SOC2 Audit and achieving SOC2 Certificate. Holding a SOC 2 report can be a differentiator for your organization as against those companies in the marketplace who do not hold SOC2 certification and have not made a significant investment of time and capital in SOC2 Compliance. You can market your adherence to rigorous standards with SOC2 Audit and Certification while others cannot.

4Better Services: –

You can improve your security measures and overall efficiency in operations by undergoing a SOC 2 Audit. Your organization will be well-positioned to streamline processes and controls based on the understanding of the cyber security risks that your customers face. This will overall improve your services.

5. Assured Security:- 

SOC2 Audit & Attestation/Certification gives your company an edge over others as it assures your customers of implemented security measures for preventing breaches, and securing their data. Moreover, the SOC2 report assures the client that the organization has met established security criteria that ensure that the system is protected against unauthorized access (both physical and logical).

6. Preference of SOC2 Certified Vendors-

Most businesses prefer working with SOC2 Certified vendors. For these reasons having SOC 2 certification is crucial for organizations looking to grow their business in the industry. 

7. ISO27001 is Achievable

SOC 2 requirements are very similar to ISO27001 certification. So, having achieved SOC2 certification will make your process of achieving ISO27001 easier. However, it is important to note that clearing a SOC 2 audit does not automatically get you ISO27001 certification.

8. Operating Effectiveness

Auditing requirements for SOC2 Type II require compulsory 6 months of evidence and testing of the operating effectiveness of controls in place. So, SOC2 Audit ensure maintaining an effective information security control environment.

9. Commitment to IT security-

SOC2 Audit & Certification demonstrates your organization’s strong commitment towards overall IT security.  A broader group of stakeholders gain assurance that their data is protected and that the internal controls, policies, and procedures are evaluated against industry best practice.

10. Regulatory Compliance- 

As mentioned earlier, SOC 2 requirements go in sync with other frameworks including HIPAA and ISO 27001 certification. So, achieving compliance with other regulatory standards is easy. It can speed up your organization’s overall compliance efforts.

11. Valuable Insight

A SOC 2 report provides valuable insights into your organization’s risk and security posture, vendor management, internal controls,  governance, regulatory oversight, and much more. 

Conclusion

As professionals of the industry, we strongly believe that the benefit of clearing a SOC2 Audit and obtaining a SOC 2 report far outweigh the investment for achieving it.  This is because when a vendor undergoes a SOC 2 audit, it demonstrates that their commitment and that they are invested in providing secure services and ensuring the security of clients’ information.

This, in turn, enhances the business reputation, ensures business continuity, and gives the business a competitive advantage in the industry. VISTA InfoSec specializes in helping clients in their efforts of SOC2 Audit & Attestation.  With 16 + years of experience in this field, businesses can rely on us for an easy and hassle-free SOC2 Compliance process.  

Narendra Sahoo
Narendra Sahoo

Narendra Sahoo (PCI QSA, PCI QPA, CISSP, CISA, and CRISC) is the Founder and Director of VISTA InfoSec, a global Information Security Consulting firm, based in the US, Singapore & India. Mr. Sahoo holds more than 25 years of experience in the IT Industry, with expertise in Information Risk Consulting, Assessment, & Compliance services. VISTA InfoSec specializes in Information Security audit, consulting and certification services which include GDPR, HIPAA, CCPA, NESA, MAS-TRM, PCI DSS Compliance & Audit, PCI PIN, SOC2 Compliance & Audit, PDPA, PDPB to name a few. The company has for years (since 2004) worked with organizations across the globe to address the Regulatory and Information Security challenges in their industry. VISTA InfoSec has been instrumental in helping top multinational companies achieve compliance and secure their IT infrastructure.