The most time-consuming step in the SOC 2 compliance process can vary depending on the size and complexity of an organization’s operations— in addition to its current security posture management. Here is a compiled list of steps that we believe are the most time-consuming.

  1. Assessing current security controls— which involves evaluating the current security policies, procedures, and technical controls in place, which can take a significant amount of time, especially for larger organizations.
  2. Implementing necessary changes to security controls: After identifying gaps in current security controls, organizations may need to spend a considerable amount of time and resources to implement the necessary changes such as deploying new technical controls, enhancing security policies and procedures, and modifying the infrastructure.
  3. Documenting security controls and processes: Documentation is a critical aspect of SOC 2 compliance and it requires organizations to provide a comprehensive and easily accessible record of their security controls and processes. This step can take a significant amount of time, especially for organizations that have complex security environments.
  4. Conducting security testing: Regular security testing, such as security posture and vulnerability assessments and penetration testing are necessary to ensure that the security controls are operating as intended and meeting the SOC 2 standards. This can be a time-consuming process, especially for organizations with large and complex IT environments.
  5. Maintaining ongoing compliance: SOC 2 compliance is not a one-time event, and organizations must continuously monitor their security controls and processes to ensure they remain compliant with the SOC 2 standards. This ongoing effort can take a significant amount of time and resources.