SOC 3 Report

Market the Effectiveness of Your Control Environment


What is a SOC 3 Report?

Similar to a SOC 2, a SOC 3 report focuses on the controls relevant to the AICPA’s Trust Services Criteria over security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy. Unlike a SOC 2, a SOC 3 report can be made publicly available for marketing an organization’s compliance and operations surrounding security. In order to obtain a SOC 3 report, an organization must first have a SOC 2 review completed.

What is the Difference Between a SOC 2 and SOC 3 Report?

A SOC 3 report is an extremely slimmed-down SOC 2 report, but it’s freely distributable. The SOC 2 is only allowed to be distributed to customers, prospective customers, and individuals who have insight into the services and the environment of the organization. The SOC 3 because it’s a slimmed-down report, includes the Service Auditors report, the management’s assertion, and just a few pages of high-level information about the organization and high-level policies and procedures.

Who Would Benefit from a SOC 3 Report?

Organizations whose primary goal is marketing their system/product against an industry-approved standard should select this reporting option. A SOC 3 report is a good fit for an organization if they want to make their report generally available on their website or use it in marketing materials.

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