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SOC 2 Cloud Compliance

SOC 2 Cloud Compliance

Build and Maintain Your SOC 2 Compliance Program In The Public Cloud

What Is SOC 2?

SOC 2 is a reporting framework that defines security criteria for managing client data, and is developed by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). Enterprise organizations, especially in regulated industries often utilize SOC 2 reports as a measure of security preparedness and validation for SaaS solutions and outside vendors. Companies may ask vendors for a current SOC 2 Type 1 or SOC 2 Type 2 report during procurement and security assessment.

Under the cloud shared responsibility model, public cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, provide teams with specific physical security controls and SOC reports covering cloud infrastructure. It is up to the cloud customer to implement all other necessary security criteria and SOC 2 internal controls and go through a SOC 2 audit to receive a SOC 2 Type 1 or SOC 2 Type 2 report.

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How Do You Achieve SOC 2 In The Cloud

Prepare Security Program

Organizations should establish a SOC 2 security program that addresses Trust Services Criteria. Teams should develop administrative policies, implement cloud security controls, and gather all security evidence and documentation to prepare for an audit.

Perform A SOC 2 Audit

Organizations must engage with a AICPA-affiliated third-party audit firm to perform a SOC 2 audit. Teams should consider selecting a reputable firm that has worked with similar clients and security expertise.

Maintain SOC 2 Controls

After receiving a SOC 2 report organizations must continue to maintain SOC 2 internal controls across their AWS cloud environment. Teams must complete a SOC 2 audit every year in order to stay current with their SOC 2 report.

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SOC 2 Security Criteria for The Public Cloud

Organizations operating in the public cloud are responsible for specific Trust Service Criteria and internal controls within their public cloud environment. Security teams are responsible for security controls including:

CC5.0: Control Activities – CC5.0 defines requirements for determining control activity types, implementing relevant infrastructure controls, and establishing policies and procedures for maintaining internal controls.

Teams operating in the cloud should create security policies that set standard operating procedures across the IT infrastructure and establish security controls, such as encryption, backup, access control, firewall, and intrusion detection standards across all cloud services. Dash ComplyOps tracks all administrative and technical control activities within your organization and cloud environment.

CC6.0: Logical and Physical Access Controls – CC6.0 defines requirements around managing access to data and systems.

Teams with public cloud infrastructure should define logical access controls using services such Identity Access Management (IAM) and VPCs, Security Groups and Firewall Rules, as well as setting encryption settings for individual cloud resources. Teams can enforce all logical access control requirements through Dash ComplyOps security monitoring.

CC7.0: System Operations – CC7.0 defines requirements for finding system vulnerabilities, responding to security incidents, and resolving security concerns.

Teams should implement cloud solutions vulnerability scanning, intrusion detection and audit logging and develop Vulnerability Scanning and Incident Response Policies. Teams may consider enabling audit logging with Cloudwatch and detecting suspicious network activity with GuardDuty. Dash ComplyOps can ensure that these security solutions are properly enabled across cloud resources.

CC8.0: Change Management – CC8.0 defines requirements for setting baseline system configuration and managing changes to software and systems.

Teams should create a set of baseline cloud security controls with a tool such as Dash ComplyOps and continue to monitor cloud resources for changes to security settings and overall configuration. Dash continuous compliance monitoring can automate this process.

Achieve SOC 2 Type II In The Public Cloud

Prepare For a SOC 2 Audit

Dash enables teams to plan and implement internal controls in the public cloud and achieve SOC 2

Set Security Policies and Cloud Security Criteria

Dash ComplyOps makes it simple for your team to identify SOC 2 security gaps across your cloud infrastructure and implement proper security controls.

Dash enables teams to create custom administrative policies mapped to the latest SOC 2 trust service criteria and enforce controls through continuous compliance monitoring.

Dash allows teams to: 

  • Define SOC 2 necessary administrative security policies 
  • Set cloud security controls for SOC 2 
  • Monitor and enforce security standards across your cloud environment 

Inventory SOC 2 Cloud Security Controls

Teams should collect all relevant documents, security evidence and agreements. Teams should consider gathering the following security evidence for assessment:

  • All current administrative policies
  • AWS SOC 2 report and security attestations
  • Agreements with vendors and third party contractors
  • Evidence for all security mappings and implemented security controls

Dash automatically creates an inventory of SOC 2 security controls and collects all security evidence necessary for your SOC 2 audit. 

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How To Select a SOC 2 Auditor

SOC 2 audits can only performed by an AICPA affiliated firm. Learn about requirements and best practices for selecting a SOC 2 Auditor, performing assessment, and receiving SOC 2 reports.

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SOC 2 and The Trust Services Criteria (TSC)

SOC 2 evaluates teams based on set of controls defined in the Trust Services Criteria (TSC). Learn about the 5 categories of security controls and requirements for SOC 2 compliance.

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AWS SOC 2 Compliance Management

SOC 2 Compliance For AWS

Configure, Monitor, and Maintain SOC 2 Certification In Amazon Web Services

SOC 2 Compliance In AWS

SOC 2 is a reporting framework that defines security criteria for managing client data, and is developed by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). Enterprise organizations, especially in regulated industries often utilize SOC 2 reports as a measure of security preparedness and validation for SaaS solutions and outside vendors. Companies may ask vendors for a current SOC 2 Type 1 or SOC 2 Type 2 report during procurement and security assessment.

Under the AWS cloud shared responsibility model, AWS is responsible for many of the physical compliance safeguards. It is up to the AWS cloud customer to implement administrative policies, set internal security controls and go through a SOC 2 audit with an independent third-party to receive SOC 2 Type II report.

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Custom Compliance Policies

SOC 2 requires that organizations set security policies and address safeguards including managing availability, creating data security controls and managing incident response. Dash enables teams to generate custom compliance policies based around on your organization’s needs, structure, and technologies. Policies are designed around Amazon Web Services and customized to streamline SOC 2 Type I and SOC 2 Type II reports.

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SOC 2 Internal Security Controls

Dash establishes a set of SOC 2 internal controls based around your organization’s established policies and procedures. Security controls are built around individual AWS cloud services, best security practices, and the latest AICPA 2017 SOC 2 Trust Service Criteria (TSC) and aligned security controls. Organization can utilize Dash “click-to-fix” remediations to resolve compliance issues with one click and maintain technical security standards.

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Monitor and Maintain Controls For SOC 2 Type II

SOC 2 Type II requires service organizations to validate internal controls over a period of time, typically 6 to 12 months. Dash makes it easy to continuously monitor and maintain SOC 2 internal security controls across your AWS accounts. Dash detects SOC 2 compliance concerns in your cloud environment such as unencrypted EBS volumes, audit logging issues and S3 buckets that are open to the public, alerts your team, and provides steps for resolving issues before they become full-blown violations.

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How Do You Achieve SOC 2 Type 2 For AWS?

Prepare Security Program

Organizations should establish a SOC 2 security program that addresses Trust Services Criteria. Teams should develop administrative policies, implement cloud security controls, and gather all security evidence and documentation to prepare for an audit.

Perform A SOC 2 Audit

Organizations must engage with a third-party audit firm to perform a SOC 2 audit. Teams should consider selecting a reputable firm that has worked with similar clients and security expertise.

Maintain SOC 2 Controls

After receiving a SOC 2 report organizations must continue to maintain SOC 2 internal controls across their AWS cloud environment. Teams must complete a SOC 2 audit every year in order to stay current with their SOC 2 report.

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Address SOC 2 Trust Service Criteria (TSC) In AWS

Dash enables teams to build and implement compliance controls around SOC 2 Trust Service Criteria and streamline the process for preparing for SOC 2 audit and certification.

Security

The Security principle refers to how system resources are protected against unauthorized access. This principle includes implementing necessary access control, network firewall, intrusion detection systems (IDS).

Availability

The Availability principle refers to the accessibility and availability of systems and core services within the organization, as well as contract and service level agreement (SLA) standards. This principle includes standards around building highly available systems, addressing service failover, resource monitoring, and contingency plans.

Processing Integrity

The Processing Integrity principle refers to the ability of systems to deliver accurate data. Data processing must be accurate, timely, and authenticated. For organizations this includes managing data integrity and setting quality assurance processes for managing data.

Confidentiality

The Confidentiality principle refers to the access and disclosure of data to authorized parties. This includes implementing standards around access control, user roles, network firewalls, and transmission encryption.

Privacy

The Privacy principle refers to system collection, use, and retention of personal information in relation to organization’s privacy policies. Security controls must be implemented to protect Personally identifiable information (PII).

Achieve SOC 2 Type II in Amazon Web Services

Prepare For a SOC 2 Audit In AWS

Dash enables teams to plan and implement internal controls in AWS and achieve SOC 2 certfication

Determine Gaps and Set Policies and Security Controls With Dash

Dash ComplyOps makes it simple for your team to identify SOC 2 security gaps across AWS and implement proper security controls.

Dash enables teams to create custom administrative policies mapped to the latest SOC 2 trust service criteria and enforce controls through continuous compliance monitoring.

Dash allows teams to: 

  • Define SOC 2 necessary administrative security policies 
  • Set AWS cloud security controls for SOC 2 
  • Monitor and enforce security standards across your cloud environment 

Inventory SOC 2 Security Controls

Teams should collect all relevant documents, security evidence and agreements. Teams should consider gathering the following security evidence for assessment:

  • All current administrative policies
  • AWS SOC 2 report and security attestations
  • Agreements with vendors and third party contractors
  • Evidence for all security mappings and implemented security controls

Dash automatically creates an inventory of SOC 2 security controls and collects all security evidence necessary for your SOC 2 audit. 

Complete SOC 2 Audit

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Once your team has gone through the Dash SOC 2 readiness process, and has implemented all necessary security controls, your team can work with our established SOC 2 auditing partner to complete a SOC 2 audit. 

Teams will work with the auditor to evaluate the effectiveness of internal controls and receive SOC 2 type 1 or SOC 2 type 2 report. Organizations can use this SOC 2 report as security validation to share with partners and clients.

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