10 Tips for Better Security and Easier Compliance

10 Tips for Better Security and Easier Compliance

To wrap up 2022, we’ve been publishing daily tips to help you improve your cybersecurity and ease your path to compliance with frameworks such as SOC 2 and ISO 27001. We thought we’d kick off 2023 by providing all 10 tips in a consolidated list.

Tip #1: Security Awareness Training for All

Both SOC 2 and ISO 27001 require you to deliver security awareness training to your employees. A learning management system (LMS) such as Curricula or Infosec IQ can help you deliver the training and document having done so.

Tip #2: Scan Your Cloud-Based Services for Vulnerabilities

The cloud-based services your company uses can include vulnerabilities that can disrupt or damage your operations, so you need to be able to scan for, identify and resolve any such risks. The leading hyperscalers, or large-scale cloud service providers, offer tools for this important task.

Tip #3: Manage Your Onboarding (and Offboarding)

You want to ensure your onboarding and offboarding processes are consistent, efficient and timely. Such features can improve recruitment and retention. They can also improve framework compliance and security by ensuring everyone knows the rules and the penalties for not following them. A human resource information system (HRIS) such as TriNet can help. 

Tip #4: Cover Your Assets

You need to maintain an accurate and complete asset inventory because you can’t manage or secure what you don’t know you have. You also need to manage and secure all mobile devices for framework compliance and better security. Jamf is an example of a popular mobile device management (MDM) solution for Apple devices. And if your users’ devices include Mac laptops, FileVault is built-in disk drive encryption, another layer of protection. Investigate similar solutions and features for all your assets, mobile or not.

Tip #5: Background Checks for All New Hires

SOC 2 and ISO 27001 both require them. Tools such as Checkr make them easier to execute and document.

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Tip #6: Check Your Vendors’ Compliance

AWS, Google, and Microsoft are all SOC 2 compliant and ISO 27001 certified. You need to ensure all your other vendors are too, for better security and to meet framework requirements. Check each vendor’s website for compliance information or contact your customer care representative.

Tip #7: Secure Your Passwords

Make a password policy and let your employees know. Passwords must be updated regularly and cannot be reused. A password management system such as 1Password, Dashlane, or LastPass can help you manage and secure your passwords consistently and meet your compliance requirements.

Tip #8: Manage Your Access

Use Jira or another tool to manage and track who has access to what systems. This makes it much easier to show you have a process and stick to it, covering all relevant access credentials per employee. It also makes revising or removing access ASAP easier when someone changes roles or leaves the company.

Tip #9: Turn On Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

MFA helps improve your security by requiring users to provide additional validation credentials beyond their passwords. Here’s how to turn it on for the three leading cloud providers.

Tip #10: Scan Your Software

Your company likely creates and uses software in addition to services from cloud providers. Regular scans of that software can help keep you compliant and improve overall security. You should scan your code for vulnerabilities with a tool such as Deepsource.io and know what libraries it’s accessing with a tool such as Dependabot.

How Trustero Can Help

Trustero Compliance as a Service (CaaS) is a cloud-based, AI-powered platform designed to help ease and speed your journeys to SOC 2 compliance and ISO 27001 certification. Trustero CaaS includes auditor-vetted control and policy templates and collects and delivers actionable control evidence, not just readiness testing. Controls are written in plain, clear language. The platform empowers you with real-time visibility into the effectiveness of each control and the status of your entire system. Trustero CaaS also includes receptors for connection with many popular tools and services. And if you need both SOC 2 compliance and ISO 27001 certification, we have created alignment and maturity “crosswalks” amongst our control sets, to make compliance with multiple frameworks easier to achieve and manage.

We offer Startup Assurance Packages for both SOC 2 and ISO 27001. Each combines the Trustero platform with Concierge Service, support, and a completed SOC 2 compliance report or ISO 27001 certification.

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Visit https://go.trustero.com/startup_assurance_package to learn more about our SOC 2 Startup Assurance Package, visit  To learn more about our ISO 27001 certification support, visit https://trustero.com/iso-27001/. And to learn more about Trustero CaaS or to arrange a demo, visit https://offers.trustero.com/demo-meeting-link.