NDNB is one of the world’s leading providers of fixed-fee SOC 2 Type 1 and SOC 2 Type 2 audit reports for businesses using the Google Cloud platform. Much like Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure, the Google Cloud Platform offers a wide variety of services and solutions for businesses looking for scalable, on-demand cloud-based platforms.
And much like Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure, Google is hard at work adding more solutions on an almost monthly basis. They’re a player indeed in the cloud computing world, and many businesses using the Google Cloud Platform are finding themselves having to perform annual SOC 2 Type 2 audits.
NDNB. North America’s Google Cloud Platform Compliance Experts.
NDNB can help. We were an early adopter of the Google Cloud Platform in terms of digging in deep and learning more about its platform. This has resulted in developing a highly proficient understanding of the entire Google model, how it operates, and how we can help businesses with today’s growing compliance needs, especially when it comes to SOC auditing.
Critical SOC 2 Items to Know Regarding the Google Cloud Platform
The Big Three of cloud computing – Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud – all “generally” function in a similar manner, yet there are differences that you need to be aware of. As for the Google Cloud Platform, it’s important to know that SOC 2 compliance – or any other compliance mandate – will require the use and implementation of various security and compliance tools.
Bottom line. You need to get to know these tools, implement them, be comfortable with them, and know that auditors will be on the lookout for audit evidence generated from these security tools.
Here’s a few of the solutions you should be using – solutions that NDNB has expertise with:
- Logging and Monitoring – Stackdriver Logging, Stackdriver Monitoring
- Deployment – Cloud Launcher, Cloud Deployment Manager
- Identity and Security – Cloud Security Scanner
Again, this is just a small sample of the ever-growing list of security tools and solutions offered by the Google Cloud Platform.
Best Practices for SOC 2 Compliance for the Google Cloud Platform
Correctly Scope your SOC 2 Audit: NDNB can assist in developing much-needed scoping parameters for your SOC 2 audit. Specifically, we can assist with determining the following:
- Which of the five (5) Trust Services Criteria (TSC) are to be included in the scope of the audit?
- What documentation and security gaps are present and what initiatives are to be implemented for successfully remediation such issues?
- What personnel, third-party providers – and other entities – are in scope for the SOC 2 audit?
- Agreement on project deliverables, milestones and other essential mandates.
Implement Essential Google Cloud Platform Tools: As noted earlier, the Google Cloud Platform has numerous security tools and solutions that are not only beneficial for cloud computing security and privacy, but also for regulatory compliance. It’s therefore critical to determine what tools are to be used, who will implement them, what evidence can be extracted from them for purposes of compliance, and more. NDNB can assist with all aspects of security tool implementation.
Engage in Essential Remediation: Control deficiencies are just a part of the world of regulatory compliance. What does this mean – simple – you need to remediate issues and constraints before your audit begins. From missing documents to insecure provisioning of security services, remediation is a common practice that every service organization has to perform. NDNB can assist with remediation, both on the documentation aspect, and also with any type of security gaps and deficiencies.
Perform Ongoing, Continuous Monitoring: Staying compliant for purposes of SOC 2 reporting can be just as taxing and challenging as initially becoming compliant. It really can. The solution? Talk to NDNB about proven continuous monitoring services from the Google Cloud Platform compliance experts.
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