SOC 2 Type 2 compliance indicates a company’s ability to meet high external standards for data security and privacy protection. Earning this new certification is the latest achievement in Lumar’s longstanding commitment to ensuring data security and privacy for its customers.
We’re thrilled to announce that Lumar has been awarded SOC 2 Type 2 certification, building upon our earlier SOC 2 Type 1 certificate achieved last year.
Ensuring data security and privacy has always been a cornerstone of our product development process at Lumar and engaging in SOC 2 audits and certification helps us demonstrate that commitment to our customers.
The certification additionally provides enterprise business customers with a more streamlined onboarding process by demonstrating that the Lumar platform meets high external data handling standards. For enterprise businesses engaging with cloud-based software solutions, SOC 2 certifications provide procurement teams with an assurance of a platform’s commitment to data security and privacy protections.
To earn SOC 2 Type 2 certification, software platforms must undergo rigorous examination from a third-party auditor. Our detailed data security audit was conducted by CyberGuard, a CPA firm dedicated to cyber security and IT compliance, with over 1,000 similar audits completed to date.
What does SOC 2 Type 2 compliance mean?
Earning SOC 2 Type 2 certification means that our systems controls’ design has met the rigorous standards for security and privacy compliance laid out in the “System and Organizations Controls” (SOC) guidance.
SOC 2 credentials help demonstrate that best-in-class security and privacy practices have been met for SaaS platforms like Lumar. The SOC standards were developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the governing body behind SOC 2 reports and compliance, with the intention of providing businesses with assurance and peace of mind regarding their platforms’ and vendors’ security methods and integrity around maintaining data privacy.
As AICPA puts it:
“These reports are intended to meet the needs of a broad range of users that need detailed information and assurance about the controls at a service organization relevant to security, availability, and processing integrity of the systems the service organization uses to process users’ data and the confidentiality and privacy of the information processed by these systems.”
SOC 2 Type 1 vs Type 2 Reports
SOC 2 – Type 1 reports, in brief, confirm that a service provider’s systems and controls have been suitably designed to meet a high standard for data security and privacy within their service or product offering. This is achieved through a detailed audit of the systems and controls design.
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SOC 2 – Type 2 reports occur after the initial Type 1 certification is in place. These audits validate the effectiveness and sustainability of data security measures over time, building on the work already accomplished in the Type 1 report.
Why does SOC 2 certification matter for enterprise software procurement teams?
Enterprise companies in particular often look to SOC 2 reports as part of their vendor selection, procurement, and risk management processes to ensure that the services and tech stacks they are adopting will meet their high standards for data security and privacy requirements.
As a leading cloud-based SaaS tool for enterprise companies in the search optimization and website analytics space, it is important for us to demonstrate the hard work we’ve been doing behind the scenes at Lumar to ensure our customers’ data is safe. This work has been led by Mike Smith, VP of Infrastructure at Lumar, and Matt Jones, one of Lumar’s founders, in close collaboration with our engineering and product teams.
“The Lumar team has long understood the importance of keeping our customers’ data and privacy secure. Earning this next level of SOC 2 certification demonstrates our adherence to the highest security and privacy standards and reflects the great work our engineers and product development teams are constantly producing behind the scenes at Lumar. As a leader in the website intelligence and technical SEO space, many of our customers are enterprise-scale businesses with a high standard that needs to be met when engaging with outside vendors, and today we’re proud to have one more way to demonstrate our capability in this domain.”
— Mike Smith, VP of Infrastructure, Lumar
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