Whether you have been asked for a SOC 2 report or issued your first or recurring report – the verdict is clear. While providing a means of assessing and addressing risks related to the AICPA Trust Services Criteria for Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, and Privacy; a SOC 2 examination can be a lengthy process involving extensive planning, manual evidence collection, and deep-dive interviews with multiple team members. If resources permit, companies will often dedicate a project manager or team, who serves as the interface between control owners and auditors, to oversee the examination.
An effective way to streamline the process is having a tool or platform to guide and grow with the organization. Organizations like Vanta provide a compliance platform for the SOC 2 process and partner with CPA firms such as The Cadence Group to deliver a streamlined SOC 2 examination. The Cadence Group has partnered with Vanta – Our teams are trained on Vanta’s software and are experts in how to best leverage its resources to gather evidence to support your smooth and effective examination.
For Service Organizations who are looking to leverage the SOC 2 examination to include Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), The Cadence Group and Vanta have developed the Ultimate HIPAA Guide. The guide explains some of the history of HIPAA, challenges with organizations working to validate their compliance, and how leveraging the Vanta platform and the SOC2+ reporting framework can be an ideal solution. For an overview of HIPAA and the critical additions since its introduction, refer to the Ultimate HIPAA Guide: