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The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) are technical and operational requirements set by the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) to protect cardholder data. The PCI DSS provides a rigorous security framework and best practices for protecting sensitive cardholder data from malicious software and individuals.

Access the free, downloadable SOC 2 Compliance Guide to learn:

  • A brief history and overview of SOC 2
  • The benefits of pursuing SOC 2 certification
  • The SOC 2 audit process

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SOC 2 Compliance Guide Overview


Unlike some other security frameworks, SOC 2 is not a requirement for organizations and is not as stringent in its guidance when compared to the likes of GDPR or PCI DSS. The SOC 2 framework does, however, provide great assurance to businesses, customers, and partners that an organization prioritizes these key attributes when delivering a service or product: security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy.

This guide explains and addresses the following:

  • What is SOC 2 and History
  • Why pursue a SOC 2 Certification
  • Understanding the Trust Services Criteria (TSCs)
  • Understanding the SOC 2 Common Criteria
  • Understanding the SOC 2 Points of Focus
  • Understanding the Audit Process
  • Conclusion

SOC 2 Framework in Apptega


Obtaining a SOC 2 certification is a great step in building a mature cybersecurity program and will provide increased assurance to your customers that you take security seriously. As part of your SOC 2 strategy, consider using Apptega as your central security management platform before, during, and after the audit process.

At Apptega, we help companies organize their program around industry best practices and cybersecurity frameworks from NIST, CIS, ISO, AICPA, GDPR, and more. Our platform was built to make the cybersecurity management process easier for stakeholders, and we provide all of the capabilities you'd want during each phase of the audit process.

Below are some of our key features:

  • 12+ Security Frameworks
  • Automated & Custom Reporting
  • Cross-Framework Mapping
  • Document Library
  • Document Repository for Artifacts
  • Automated Alerts & Notifications
  • Multi-Tenant Environment
  • Extensive Partner Network for one-off Engagements
  • Personalized Platform
  • Single Sign-On
  • Granular Roles and Permissions
  • Agile Development – New Features on a Rolling Basis

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