What’s The Difference Between SOC 2 and ISO 27001?

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You’ve most likely arrived on this blog because you’re wondering what the difference is between SOC 2 and ISO 27001. I’m happy to tell you that you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re hoping to identify which one makes the most sense for your organization or are simply trying to brush up on your understanding, I’ve got you covered. When it comes to determining if you should opt for SOC 2 or ISO 27001 compliance, it’s an and statement for some companies i.e., they need both SOC 2 and ISO 27001. However, it takes time, investment, and effort, so it’s an or question for most companies, i.e., “is it better for us to have SOC 2 or ISO 27001?”

In this blog, I’ll define SOC 2 and ISO 27001, indicate each differentiator, and provide some questions for you to ask to help determine which is better for your company.

What is SOC 2?

SOC 2 is a suite of reports produced during an audit, performed by an independent Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or accountancy organization.

The content of these reports is defined by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and, as such, is usually applicable to U.S. companies. SOC 2 validates internal controls related to information systems involved in provided services, based on five semi-overlapping categories called Trust Service Criteria (TSC):

Security Privacy Availability Confidentiality Processing integrity SOC 2 Differentiators SOC 2 is primarily a US-based framework. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

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