What Are Controls?

Controls are the policies, procedures, processes, and systems that run your business. You must select and implement a specific set of controls to meet each security, regulatory, or standards-related requirement or recommendation. For example, the System and Organization Controls (SOC) developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)are based on five Trust Services Criteria (TSC) — Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, and Privacy. These embrace some 64 core requirements. To successfully complete a SOC 2 audit, you may need as many as 100 controls or more simply to address the mandatory Security TSC.

Your control choices are unique to your business and will likely evolve over time. They define and describe the specific measures you are taking to meet SOC 2 compliance requirements. You must also gather and present credible evidence that each control does what you say it does. Evaluations of your choices and their implementations make up the bulk of your SOC 2 audit report.

How Trustero Can Help

Trustero Compliance as a Service (CaaS) is cloud-based, easy-to-use compliance automation software. It is designed to simplify SOC 2 audit readiness and enable continuous compliance. For example, it includes auditor-approved controls and auditor-vetted policy templates. You and your auditor can use these as is, or add to, modify, or replace them as appropriate for your specific business needs. These features make it easier and faster to select and implement the controls you need to achieve and sustain SOC 2 compliance and improve business operations.

Trustero CaaS also performs automated evidence gathering and validity testing and provides AI-powered recommendations for manual evidence gathering and testing. And the Trustero solution also continuously monitors your compliance status, and reports that status and non-compliant conditions, regularly and on demand. These features help to ensure your controls are working, and to fix them rapidly when they fail. These same features also help your business achieve and sustain continuous compliance with SOC 2, even as business conditions evolve.

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