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Safeguarding customer and business data is a growing priority for companies across industries and growth stages, and a SOC 2 audit is becoming an essential piece of the security puzzle. 

If you’re wondering what SOC 2 is and why it’s so important, you’re in the right place. 

This is the ultimate SOC 2 overview made for beginners. 

We’ve broken down the SOC 2 framework into a series of clear-cut, jargon-free primers on the fundamentals of SOC 2 compliance. 

You’ll learn the differences between SOC standards, the essentials of the AICPA Trust Services Criteria, how to implement SOC 2 controls — everything you need to understand the requirements of SOC 2 and decide if pursuing compliance is the right choice for your business.

What is SOC 2?

What is SOC 2, exactly? Who needs a SOC 2 report, and when? Find the answers to common questions around SOC 2 compliance. 

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Why is SOC 2 Important?

Is SOC 2 compliance worth the time and effort? Discover the many benefits of SOC 2 compliance for growing companies.

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SOC 1 vs SOC 2 vs SOC 3

See the differences between the three types of SOC reports to decide which type of compliance you need. 

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Trust Services Criteria

Get familiar with the five AICPA Trust Services Criteria, which form the foundation of SOC 2 compliance.

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Common Criteria

Every SOC 2 audit includes the Common Criteria. Learn what the Common Criteria are so you’ll know what to expect. 

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SOC 2 Controls

Learn more about the internal controls companies need to put in place to become compliant with SOC 2.

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The History of SOC 2

Understand the purpose of SOC 2 by learning how and when the framework was created by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). 

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