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What is SOC-2?

Posted by Sharon Durant on 10/1/14 11:04 AM

SOC-Service_Org_B_Marks_2c_WebIf you’ve been to our San Luis Obispo data center, you may remember passing a few security measures before entering.  The Digital West data center was SOC certified in February 2013, meaning that the following requirements were met by the American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA) while conducting a service organization control examination:

Security - The system is protected against unauthorized access (both physical and logical). Digital West has staff on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and utilizes advanced video surveillance and fire suppression/detection systems.

Availability - The system is available for operation and use as committed or agreed. In other words, SOC-2 certified organizations adhere to their contracts and service level agreements.

What are the risks of a data center that is not SOC-2 certified? To put it simply, undergoing an organization control examination like SOC-2 adds a solid foundation of trust between the data center provider (i.e. Digital West) and client because an outside organization keeps the provider accountable to its promises of security and reliability.  If the data center provider is not held accountable, then it’s difficult to really know whether or not your information is truly safe and secure.

Digital West is fully dedicated to going to every measure to ensure a secure and confidential environment to store your mission-critical data.  Interested in security? Check out our free smart paper about how to maintain a safe website:

Preventing Hacks: Maintaining a Secure Website

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