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What is SOC II – Type 1 & 2, and what does this mean for cross-border payment providers?
SOC II (Service Organization Control II) is a set of minimum compliance standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for service organisations to try and ensure the security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy of customer data. SOC II has two types of reports – Type 1 and Type 2.
A SOC II Type 1 report evaluates the design and implementation of an organisation’s controls at a specific point in time. It also assesses the effectiveness of an organisation’s control systems to meet SOC II criteria. It then provides an opinion on whether the controls are suitably designed to achieve the intended control objectives.
On the other hand, a SOC II Type 2 report evaluates the effectiveness of the controls over a more extended period, usually six months or more. It verifies whether the controls are operating effectively and meeting the SOC II criteria described in the organisation’s system description.
Cross-border payment providers should try to ensure that their systems and controls meet SOC II compliance standards to protect customer data and maintain trust. By obtaining a SOC II report, cross-border payment providers can demonstrate to their customers that their controls are suitably designed and operating effectively. It assures customers that their sensitive financial data is more secure and that the organisation has implemented the necessary measures to meet the required minimum security and privacy standards. As a result, when your cross-border payment provider is SOC II certified, they can be more trusted with your business’s sensitive data and security.
What does this mean for your business?
When your cross-border payment provider is SOC II – Type 1 & 2 certified, it provides several key benefits for your business, including:
Improved Security and Data Protection
By complying with SOC II, your cross-border payment partner demonstrates its commitment to protecting your business’s sensitive data against data compromise, unauthorised access, theft, and other security breaches.
Enhanced Confidence to send and receive money
Partnering with a cross-border payment provider that is SOC II certified gives your business the peace of mind and satisfaction you need to carry out your transactions more confidently. Knowing that your sensitive financial data is better secured and protected against potential threats gives you the confidence to send and receive your money anywhere in the world.
To be able to compete in today’s global marketplace, your business should be able to process cross-border payments in a secure environment free from threat. By partnering with a SOC II certified cross-border payment provider, your business has access to world-class confidentiality and data privacy systems when making transactions, giving you a competitive edge against those businesses that partner with providers that are not compliant.
Improved Risk Management
When you choose a cross-border payment provider that has implemented the necessary measures to achieve SOC II compliance, your business can enjoy minimised security breaches and other data-related incidents. This can help your business avoid costly penalties or reputational damage from a data breach or non-compliance.
In summary, SOC II compliance is critical for cross-border payment companies committed to protecting their customers’ sensitive data and building trust in their brands.
At AZA Finance, achieving SOC II certification has been a critical milestone in our commitment to data security and customer trust. Our customers have come to expect the highest levels of security and data protection, and being SOC II certified has allowed us to demonstrate our commitment to meeting and exceeding those expectations. In addition, being SOC II certified has helped us improve our risk management posture, enabling us to identify and mitigate potential risks before they become more serious incidents.
Therefore, when choosing your cross-border payment provider, choose a partner demonstrably committed to data security that can provide your business with one of the highest levels of security and data protection.
Choose a partner you can trust. Choose AZA Finance.