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3 Reasons why you should not use ByteChek for SOC 2

Updated: May 25

ByteChek is known as one of the easiest-to-use compliance automation platforms to build, manage and assess your cybersecurity program. Security leaders have said, “When I was first introduced to the ByteChek platform, I realized how easy it could be because I just simply have to connect integrations and ByteChek does it all for me.”

People that are not in the cybersecurity industry also have great things to say about how easy it is to use ByteChek, “One of the biggest things we like about the ByteChek platform is the fact that you don’t have to be a cybersecurity expert to understand what you are doing.”

One of our core values at ByteChek is “Don’t take yourself too seriously” and we understand that an easy-to-use platform is not everyone’s thing. Here are 3 reasons why you should absolutely not use the ByteChek platform:

1. It’s better to pay an annual subscription for a “SOC 2” platform that doesn’t include your “SOC 2” report.

You know that feeling when you want to make something and you’re missing that one ingredient? Like when you have peanut butter but no jelly. Or cereal but no milk. It’s the worst. This is what it feels like to pay tens of thousands of dollars for an annual subscription to a SOC 2 automation platform that doesn’t include the SOC 2 report.

At ByteChek, we don’t believe it should be that complicated. We brought an automated software solution to the consolidated model pioneered by professional service firms Coalfire with Coalfire Controls and A-LIGN with A-LIGN Assurance. We believe the annual subscription to your SOC 2 platform should include your report. Our partner audit firm, ByteChek Assurance, partners with companies using the ByteChek platform to issue SOC 2 reports, simplifying the process for startups that want to get back to building big businesses.

While AJ, Founder, and CEO at ByteChek, was at Coalfire he led up the Coalfire-Vanta partnership. Where Coalfire served as one of those audit partners. Here is what AJ had to say about that model, “It just didn’t work. Customers were increasingly frustrated because they expected our auditors to use Vanta to perform our SOC 2 audit. That wasn’t happening and wasn’t going to ever happen. Vanta didn’t build its platform for auditors and auditors have zero incentive to be more efficient. Professional service firms need billable hours and most (including Coalfire) have their own compliance platform that they want their teams and clients to use. The model didn’t work and the customers were the ones who were harmed the most.”

We’re crossing the chasm in SOC 2 compliance and we’re excited to partner with tech innovators and early adopters who know you shouldn’t pay for a SOC 2 platform that doesn’t include your SOC 2 report. The whole reason you’re using the platform is to earn a SOC 2, it doesn’t have to be this complex. Unless a complex, multiple vendors SOC 2 process is your thing.

2. I am a fan of cookie-cutter SOC 2 reports.

One of the benefits of the SOC 2 framework is how flexible it is. The SOC 2 Trust Service Criteria doesn’t tell you exactly what you have to do. You’re given guideposts or objectives to strive for and you get to come up with the controls to address those objectives. As an example, there will be a criterion (CC6.8) that says you “prevent or detect and act upon the introduction of unauthorized or malicious software.” This can mean many different things to different companies, a lot depends on your infrastructure, cloud provider, data storage methodologies, etc. You can get creative and talk about the defense-in-depth strategies you implement in your organization to prevent or detect malicious software.

Every SOC 2 report should be unique to the company undergoing the SOC 2 report. Good security requires context and the same can be said for compliance. On the ByteChek platform, every control statement can be modified by ByteChek customers. Our leadership has experienced leading over 500+ SOC 2 examinations and they can confidently say that no two organizations are exactly alike. This means, that no SOC 2 reports should be exactly alike.

However, if you’d like a set of controls that can’t be modified and are used for every customer regardless of industry, cloud provider, or type of infrastructure then there are plenty of SOC 2 vendors out there for you.

3. I don’t like working with security and compliance experts.

Compliance sucks. We know that at ByteChek, our mission is to make compliance suck less. The reason we know that is possible is because of our experience in the security and compliance industry for the last 20 years.

Our advice has been refined through experience and seeing companies of all sizes from all industries earn SOC 2 reports. We’ve built SOC 2 programs from scratch at some of the largest SaaS companies in the world.

Our mission is to empower companies by simplifying and shifting security and compliance from trust to truth. Our lived experiences inform our products to provide clarity rooted in empathy, simplicity, and integrity. We believe that security should be centered around people and our approach puts people first above process and technology. We dismantle inefficient and painful compliance experiences and elevate the heroes without heroics.

Do any of those three reasons resonate with you?

We want to help as many companies as possible solve their SOC 2 compliance challenges but we know we can’t work with every company in the world and we know ByteChek is not for everyone. If you agree with any of the reasons above, we don’t think ByteChek is for you.

We’re here to simplify SOC 2, eliminate complex, multiple vendor SOC 2 processes, cookie-cutter SOC 2 reports and provide lived expertise through customer service. Reach out if this resonates with you and you’d like an easier SOC 2 process.