Gartner Research

SOC Attestation Might Be Assurance of Security … or It Might Not

Published: 21 December 2012

ID: G00246814

Analyst(s): Rob McMillan , Jay Heiser , French Caldwell


Organizations that rely on SSAE 16 (SOC 1) claims by suppliers should be careful to ensure that those claims are not misleading. Chief information security officers and contract negotiators should critically examine any SOC attestation to be satisfied of a service provider's security posture.

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  • Key Challenges



  • Customer Organizations Should Not Accept an SSAE 16 (SOC 1) as Assurance of a Service Provider's Security Posture
  • If Presented With a SOC 3, Ask the Service Provider for the SOC 2 and Validate the Details of the Controls Assessment

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