Compliance and Audit
If you are targeting many industry verticals or international customers, you need should meet the latest security and privacy compliance and regulatory standards.
Compliance standards affect the way you collect, use and store sensitive information of clients and prospects. Companies that fail to meet compliance requirements lose the capacity to expand their business to new markets and lose business opportunities.
Many of our cloud-native clients achieved compliance with the following standards through working with the Kobalt.io team. If you’re not sure which compliance standards your organization needs to comply with, you can talk it through with our security experts in a call.
Frameworks supported by Kobalt.io
Common Compliance Standards
System and Organization Controls 2 (SOC 2) is an audit procedure applicable to all technology services or SaaS companies that collect and store customer data in the cloud. It is designed to ensure that a company’s organizational security controls and practices can effectively safeguard the privacy and security of client data. SOC 2 is often the first compliance standard that SaaS companies choose to comply with and has become the defacto standard of choice for many customers assessing the security of their SaaS suppliers.
Who needs to be SOC 2 compliant?
If you are a technology or SaaS company that stores customer data in the cloud, achieving SOC 2 compliance can help drive business demand.
Choosing a Compliance Framework
Trying to determine which compliance standard is best for your organization? Download this cheat sheet to cut through the confusion and pick the right compliance.
How We Fast Track Your Compliance Journey
We automate your compliance process –
Kobalt.io and Vanta work together to provide our clients with value beyond compliance. With Kobalt.io cybersecurity, compliance and data privacy expertise, combined with Vanta’s best-in-class technology, our clients can quickly achieve their security compliance goals, proving trust and driving growth.
Vanta is the leading trust management platform that helps simplify and centralize security for organizations of all sizes. Over 4,000 companies rely on Vanta to build, maintain and demonstrate their trust—all in a way that’s real-time and transparent. Founded in 2018, Vanta is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Dublin, New York and Sydney. For more information, visit www.vanta.com
We partner to offer a comprehensive and seamless audit experience –
We are both proud partners of Vanta, each playing distinct and complementary roles in enhancing our clients’ security and regulatory compliance. We will leverage Vanta to streamline audit processes, conduct thorough assessments, and seamlessly run compliance projects for our clients.
About Prescient Assurance
Prescient Assurance is a licensed CPA Firm which provides Audits and Examinations for SOC2 attestation, ISO, PCI, GDPR, HIPAA, CCPA, GDPR, GBLA, NIST 800-53, NIST 800-171, FERPA, FISMA, PIPEDA, SWIFT CSP, HITRUST, Google OAuth, Microsoft SSPA, CSA STAR, and Privacy Shield . Prescient Assurance is the leader in security certifications for B2B SAAS companies worldwide. We are global Top -10 cloud security auditors by cloud security alliance STAR program.
Approach to Compliance
- Policy tailoring
- Control mapping
- Vanta configuration and integration
- System Description Generator, a core scoping requirement
- Review, organize, and assign control ownerships
- Collect and upload publicly available evidence
- Select an audit partner
- Everything in the QuickStart package
- Guidance on evidence requirements
- Cloud security remediation guidance
- Incident response and DR/BCP tabletop exercises
- Risk assessment
- Vendor assessment assistance
- Access management guidance
- Auditor readiness
Managed Security and Compliance
- Everything in the FullStart package
- Dedicated vCISO
- Security questionnaire support
- Client engagements
- Ongoing risk management and roadmap
- Run monthly security meetings
- Quarterly executive reviews
- Data Privacy Officer support
- Phish testing
- Deployment of advanced Vanta features
- 7x24 threat monitoring and more
Managed Compliance Program
Our Managed Compliance Program combines our industry-leading security, privacy, and compliance expertise with a managed Vanta solution to help you achieve and sustain compliance across one or more cybersecurity and privacy standards, such as SOC2 Type 2, ISO27001 and GDPR.
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Before an organization chooses to do business with a service provider, it would use security questionnaires as a tool to evaluate and validate the service provider’s security controls and practices. If security standards are met, service providers can earn clients’ trust and close deals faster.
Service providers typically take a few hours or even days to complete a single security questionnaire. It is not time-efficient to have team members spend days completing multiple security questionnaires per month. This is where Kobalt.io come in to help you make the most out of your team’s time.
How we do it
By following the workflow above, Kobalt.io can help you complete security questionnaires faster, shorten the deal-closing process and help achieve compliance at the same time.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, we are SOC 2 compliant. We do our best to protect our clients, partners and employees by implementing strong cybersecurity controls and policies.
In order to take use of knowledge from multiple domains, increase alignment, and enhance NIST advice, NIST coordinates across programme and research areas. This Framework is intended to assist companies of all types better manage privacy risks within their various environments. When creating this Framework, NIST drew from its body of work in security and privacy risk management.
There are a number of factors that can determine how long it takes. The most important aspect is the certification’s scope, which includes the organization’s size, the number and complexity of its processes, the number of its locations, and the number of its personnel. Then there is the organization’s current level of information security capability and expertise. In general, more time and effort are required as size and complexity increase. Well-run projects with experienced personnel can take 2 to 3 months, although over 6 months is not uncommon.
Annex A in ISO 27001:2013 lists 14 ‘control objectives’, each of which comprise a set of security controls. These control objectives are:
A.5 Information security policies
A.6 Organization of information security
A.7 Human resource security
A.8 Asset management
A.9 Access control
A.11 Physical and environmental security
A.12 Operations security
A.13 Communications security
A.14 System acquisition, development and maintenance
A.15 Supplier relationships
A.16 Information security incident management
A.17 Information security aspects of business continuity management
Not necessarily. GDPR governs how entities process personal data, whereas ISO 27001 is an information security standard. Although it may be presumed an organization that has achieved ISO 27001 certification will have taken some GDPR-related security concerns into account while processing personal data, it is not assumed that complying with ISO 27001 or GDPR alone indicates that an entity or organization is automatically compliant with both standards.
There isn’t a public register of certified companies. But certified companies will have been issued with a certificate by their certification body. It must be noted that a business or entity that has ISO certification is not automatically compliant with applicable privacy laws.
The NIST framework’s five areas serve as the cornerstones for building an all-encompassing, effective cybersecurity strategy. They include recognise, safeguard, detect, react, and recover.
Use of the NIST Framework is voluntary for industry.
The NIST Framework will help an organization to better understand, manage, and reduce its cybersecurity risks. It will make it easier to decide which tasks are most crucial for ensuring crucial operations and service delivery. It is especially beneficial in communicating both inside and outside the company because it offers a common language to discuss cybersecurity risk management. The NIST Framework can also be easily used by organizations to inform suppliers and customers about their present or desired cybersecurity posture.
According to Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 21, “systems and assets, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that the inability or destruction of such systems and assets would have a debilitating impact on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination of those matters,” are considered to be critical infrastructure (for the purposes of this Framework). Transportation, financial services, communications, healthcare and public health, food and agriculture, chemical and other facilities, dams, significant manufacturers, emergency services, and many other industries are included in the applicable infrastructure. In addition, utilities that provide energy and water are also included.
Yes. The method was created for use by all sizes of organizations, from the smallest to the biggest.