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Securing SOC 2 Certification

  • By Trevor Luker
  • 30 March 2021

Tessian’s mission is to secure the human layer by empowering people to do their best work, without security getting in their way.

Building on our existing ISO 27001 security certification, Tessian is excited to announce that we have achieved Service Organization Control 2 Type 2 (SOC 2) compliance in the key domains of Security, Confidentiality and Availability with zero exceptions on our very first attempt.

Achieving full SOC 2 Type 2 compliance within 6 months is simply sensational and is a huge achievement for our company. It reinforces our message to customers and prospects that Information Security and protecting customer data is at the very core of everything Tessian does.

The Journey

We began the preparations for SOC 2 in September 2020 and initiated the formal process in October. Having previously experienced the pain and trauma of doing SOC 2 manually, we knew that to move quickly, we needed tooling to assist with the evidence gathering and reporting. 

Fortunately we were introduced to VANTA, which automates the majority of the information gathering tasks, allowing the Tessian team to concentrate on identifying and closing any gaps we had. VANTA is a great platform, and we would recommend it to any other company undertaking SOC 2 or ISO 27001 certification.

For the external audit part of the process, we were especially fortunate to team up with Barr Advisory who proactively helped us navigate the maze of the Trust Service Criteria requirements. They provided skilled, objective advice and guidance along the way, and we would particularly like to thank Cody Hewell and Kyle Helles for their insights, enthusiasm and support.

Tessian chose an accelerated three month observation period, which in turn, put a lot of pressure on internal resources to respond to information requests and deliver process changes as required. The Tessian team knew how important SOC 2 was to us strategically and rallied to the challenge. Despite some extremely short timeframes, we were able to deliver the evidence that the auditors needed. 

A huge team effort and a great reflection of Tessian’s Craft At Speed value.

What Next?

Achieving SOC 2 Type 2 is a crucial step for Tessian as we expand further into the large enterprise space.

It’s also the basis on which we will further develop our compliance and risk management initiatives, leading to specialized government security accreditation in the US and Europe over the next year or two.

Trevor Luker VP, Information Security
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