What Are Policies?

Policies are formal declarations of how a company addresses specific elements of information system security and compliance with regulations and standards. To comply with SOC 2, for example, a business must have formal, documented policies for Acceptable Use, Access Control, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, Change Management, Data Classification, Incident Response, Information Security, Logging and Monitoring, Password Management, and Vendor Management.

Under SOC 2, policies define how you run your business, while controls enforce them. Policies also spell out your specific commitments to satisfy SOC 2 audit criteria, while controls are how you enforce those commitments. To ensure close alignment of your policies with SOC 2 controls and audit criteria, your auditor may provide policy templates,.

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 they are, or add to, modify, or replace them as needed. These features give you the flexibility you need to align your policies closely with your auditor’s needs and your business goals and operations.

The Trustero solution also includes features that help you keep your policies current and aligned with your controls. These features include automated evidence gathering and validity testing and AI-powered recommendations for manual evidence gathering and testing. Trustero CaaS also integrates with and automatically collect evidence from leading Software as a Service (SaaS) tools and platforms. Trustero Compliance as a Service also continuously monitors the compliance status of your technology landscape, and can report anomalies and compliance failures regularly or on demand. These features help enable continuous compliance with SOC 2, even as your business conditions evolve.

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