Information security is of paramount importance for all organizations. Mishandled data can leave your company vulnerable to security attacks like data theft, malware, and even extortion. In today’s cloud-connected world, you must securely manage your data and make sure that the vendors you are working with can securely manage data and protect your privacy.
In the past, determining which vendors were safe to use required a time-consuming and costly vetting process. To address this problem, in 2011, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) introduced a new service organization control reporting system and a series of new reports, SOC 1, SOC 2, and SOC 3. These reports give service organizations the ability to demonstrate to their clients that they are following best practices.
As an IT service provider, the certification that is most relevant to our business is SOC 2. SOC 2 reports are designed to provide information about a service organization’s IT controls. The SOC 2 report reviews the “Trust Services Criteria:” security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy.
A SOC 2 report gives you a method to evaluate and understand the effectiveness of a vendor or potential vendor’s administrative and IT controls. A SOC2 Audit validates that your potential vendor; demonstrates a commitment to integrity and ethical values, implements administrative and IT security controls, continually access risk and effectiveness of controls and security measures, and demonstrates a commitment to attract, develop, and retain competent employees.
Flexible Systems is proud to be SOC 2 certified. To request access to our latest SOC 2 report, please click the button below to visit our Trust Center.