What is a SOC 2 Type 2 audit report?
The cloud helps businesses stay flexible with cost-effective solutions, but is it secure? Learn how SOC 2 Type 2 reports ensure cloud providers maintain the highest levels of security.
Cloud provider security controls.
Cloud service providers manage a lot of important user data, which is why it’s essential to follow the strictest security guidelines to keep information safe.
A Service Organization Control (SOC) Type 2 report outlines a company’s internal controls and details how well they safeguard customer data, specifically for cloud service providers. Specifically, it's a third-party audit that shows if the security protocols are safe and effective.
When a service provider passes a SOC Type 2 audit, it proves that their internal controls continue to work well over an extended period of time.
Criteria covered by a SOC 2 Type 2 report.
All SOC 2 audits cover the five Trust Services Criteria:
- Security — Protects information from both physical and logical unauthorized access.
- Availability — Customers can readily access the system for information.
- Processing integrity — Processes information in a timely manner.
- Confidentiality — Secures sensitive information with appropriate controls.
- Privacy — Works in accordance with the company’s privacy notice.
A Type 1 report audits all these principles at one point in time. A SOC 2 Type 2 report audits the Trust Service Criteria over several months or more to ensure long-term control. This makes it more secure than a Type 1 and shows that providers can protect information over an extended time period. Companies must get audits annually to maintain their SOC 2 Type 2 certification.
Whenever you use online services that manage sensitive information, like cloud services or electronic signature software, make sure the provider has an active SOC 2 Type 2 report — especially when working with sensitive government documents like taxes or services applications. Use only certified, audited software, like Adobe Sign, to store and send sensitive information over the internet.
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