By: Scott Schwan
As some of you may know or are in the process of learning, SOC 2 compliance audits can be an overwhelming effort, especially for a startup who is focused on higher priorities, like building a company from the ground up. However, the potential tradeoffs in just ignoring SOC 2 is that it becomes more difficult to sell into the enterprise without one and you could also be putting your customers data and your own reputation at risk.
If after a sales meeting with a potential customer you have found yourself searching for “what the hell is a SOC 2 report”, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many startups are not familiar with the AICPA’s Trust Services Criteria, and are far less familiar with the steps needed to get SOC 2 in place. Additionally, the results you get from your search are a dizzying array of unfamiliar terms and a ton of auditor speak like SOC 2 Type I, Type II, Principles, Criteria, Controls, and Risk. You need help!
That’s why we created an essential guide for startups and small businesses – to help you clear up confusion of SOC 2 and conquer cloud compliance.