No. In fact SOC 2 isn’t a legal requirement for anyone. But with that being said SOC 2 is one of the most common compiance frameworks that organizations use to demonstrate security and compliance for protecting customer data.
Security is the only required criteria as part of any SOC 2 audit. Below is a summary of the 5 Trust Services Criteria.
1. Security: The security section of a SOC 2 audit examines both the physical and electronic forms of security in use.
2. Availability: Are your customers able to access the system as per contractual specifications?
3. Processing Integrity: If a company offers financial or e-commerce transactions, audit reports should include details on controls designed to safeguard transactions.
4. Confidentiality: Are there any restrictions on how data is shared? Include how data is stored, transferred, and accessed as well as adherence procedures for privacy policies.
No. While SOC 2 may outline the controls needed, it is up to you and your organization to define what and how those controls operate. There is a lot of flexibility in SOC 2 that your auditor will ask how and why you got to your conclusion to implement those controls. Then they will ensure they are operating as expected.
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