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SOC 2: Sample Road-map

Outlined below is a very generic SOC 2 (for Type 1 or Type 2) road-map that can be used as reference point for initial evaluation of the efforts required to get a successful SOC 2 audit report.

  1. Assess current state: Assess your current security and data protection practices to determine where you stand with respect to SOC 2 Type 2 requirements. This will help you identify areas where you need to improve and plan the necessary steps to achieve compliance.
  2. Define scope: Determine the scope of your SOC 2 Type 2 audit. This includes defining the systems, processes, and data that will be included in the audit, as well as the time period for which the audit will be performed.
  3. Develop policies and procedures: Develop or update policies and procedures that are in line with SOC 2 Type 2 requirements. These policies and procedures should cover security, data protection, and risk management practices. For more information and free policy samples check our SOC 2 policies article.
  4. Implement controls: Implement the necessary technical, administrative, and physical controls to meet SOC 2 Type 2 requirements. This may involve installing new software, hardware, or other technology solutions, as well as training employees on new security and data protection practices.

    NOTE: Two of the most critical and time consuming components are vulnerability management and penetration testing.
  5. Monitor and test: Regularly monitor and test the controls to ensure they are functioning as intended and providing appropriate protection for sensitive information. This may involve regular security scans, vulnerability assessments, and penetration testing.
  6. Document compliance: Document your compliance with SOC 2 Type 2 requirements, including policies, procedures, and controls, as well as the results of monitoring and testing activities.
  7. Engage a third-party auditor: Engage a third-party auditor to perform the SOC 2 Type 2 audit. The auditor will review your policies, procedures, controls, and documentation, as well as conduct testing and validation to ensure that you are in compliance with the SOC 2 standard.

    NOTE: Selecting the right auditor for your organization is crucial to the success of your auditing initiatives. At Prodigy 13 we have vetted and worked with most auditing companies in the US, and can recommend the right auditing team based on your organization’s profile, size and scope of your project. For more information you can contact us through our live chat, or send us a quick email to [email protected]
  8. Remediate deficiencies: Address any deficiencies identified during the audit and implement corrective action plans to resolve any issues that may be impacting your compliance with SOC 2 Type 2 requirements.
  9. Maintain compliance: Maintain ongoing compliance with SOC 2 Type 2 requirements through regular monitoring, testing, and documentation. This will help ensure that your controls continue to provide appropriate protection for sensitive information and meet the needs of your customers.

This road-map provides a general outline for achieving SOC 2 Type 2 audit compliance, but the specific steps and activities involved may vary depending on the size, complexity, and risk profile of your organization. At Prodigy 13 we can help you achieve 100% compliance with SOC 2, for more information please review our Managed and Assisted compliance services.

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