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ISO 27001 vs SOC-2

Automatically comply with ISO 27001 or SOC-2 regulations while eliminating costly and time-consuming manual effort.

Whether you choose to follow ISO 27001 or Service Organization Control 2 (SOC-2) guidelines, CyberStrong can help.
Both information security frameworks have specific benefits and challenges. CyberSaint understands the nuances of each as well as all the best practices for compliance.

What’s the difference between ISO 27001 and SOC-2?

The main difference between these two security protocols is that ISO 27001 is a standard that requires a risk assessment certification from an approved third-party and SOC-2 is an audit report that allows you to self-certify. 

Compliance for ISO 27001 comes in the form of a certificate issued by the ISO certification committee. SOC-2 compliance is simply an attestation received from a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Also, SOC-2 is more common in North America while ISO 27001 is more popular worldwide.

ISO 27001 compliance requires a risk assessment, implementation of security controls, and an annual review of security policies and procedures.

SOC-2 is based on five principles called the Trust Service Criteria (TSC).

  1. Security - making sure that sensitive information and systems are protected from security risks and that all predefined security procedures are being followed
  2. Availability - ensuring that all systems are available and minimizing downtime in order to protect sensitive data
  3. Processing Integrity - verifying data integrity during processing and prior to authorization
  4. Confidentiality - allowing information access only to those approved and authorized to receive
  5. Privacy - managing personal and private information with integrity and care

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