At Taskmaster Pro, we continually invest in security best practices to ensure that our client’s data stays safe and secure. As a part of an ongoing effort, we are excited to announce that we’ve successfully completed our SOC 2 report.
The examination was conducted by A-LIGN, a technology-enabled security and compliance firm trusted by more than 2,500 global organizations to help mitigate cybersecurity risks.
“TMP’s SOC 2 report validates its commitment to data security and protection, as well as compliance with critical standards to mitigate cybersecurity threats.” – Gary West, CEO of Taskmaster Pro
What is a SOC 2 report and what does it mean for TMP? In this article, we will walk you through the ins and outs of a SOC 2 assessment report and how the report symbolizes trust to clients.
What is a SOC 2 report?
A SOC 2 report addresses risks associated with the handling and access of data and can be used by a variety of organizations of any size (e.g. SaaS, colocation, data hosting, etc.). Rather than a cybersecurity assessment that evaluates specific technical configurations, a SOC 2 report focuses more on how an organization implements and manages controls to mitigate the identified risks to the different parts of an organization.
The SOC 2 audit testing framework is based on the Trust Services Criteria (TSC), which are used to identify various risks (points of focus) an organization should consider addressing. Based on the TSCs the organization selects to be in scope, the third-party compliance and audit firm (in our case, A-LIGN) evaluates whether the organization has the appropriate policies, procedures, and controls in place to manage the identified risks effectively.
There are five Trust Services Criteria. The first criterion, Security, must be included with every SOC 2 report and is referred to as the “Common Criteria”. The remaining four are optional to include:
- Security (required)
- Availability (optional)
- Processing Integrity (optional)
- Confidentiality (optional)
- Privacy (optional)
In order to pass a SOC 2 examination and receive a letter of attestation successfully, it means an organization is addressing controls in areas such as information security, access control, vendor management, system backup, business continuity and disaster relief, and more.
Who should get a SOC 2 Examination?
Organizations of all sizes and industries can benefit from a SOC 2 Examination, as the audit can be performed for any organization that provides a variety of services to its customers. A SOC 2 report highlights the controls in place that protect and secure an organization’s system or services used by its customers. The scope of a SOC 2 Examination extends beyond the systems that have a financial impact, reaching all systems and tools used in support of the organization’s system or services.
Why do I need a SOC 2?
Today, many organizations outsource their business operations and services to third-party vendors, possibly putting client data at risk. For this reason, organizations request that their vendors achieve SOC 2 compliance to demonstrate rigorous IT security standards. Some additional reasons to consider a SOC 2 report for your organization include:
- Clients will most likely request a SOC 2 sooner or later.
- SOC 2 can bring a competitive advantage to your business.
- Enhanced information security practice.
- SOC 2 helps you gain customer trust.
- Ensure your employees understand best practices.
Know your data is safe and secure with Taskmaster ProTMP will make the SOC 2 report available to current or potential customers upon execution of a non-disclosure agreement. We hope the steps we have taken help you and your IT teams remain confident in knowing that your data is secure within TMP. To learn more about our data security policies and initiatives, please contact our team at email@example.com.