Here at Touchstone we are serious about data privacy and security. We took measured actions to adhere to the GDPR that went into effect May 2018.
We have taken yet another step to guarantee the highest level of security for our customers and clients by successfully completing a SOC 2 Type II audit and receiving a favorable report from an independent Certified Public Accounting (CPA) firm.
What is SOC 2?
SOC 2 is an auditing process that ensures an organization has proper controls with regards to the security of systems and data. The criteria have been created by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and provide a benchmark for organizations to ensure they are implementing proper control practices. The audit performed on Touchstone by the independent CPA firm included the Trust Principles of Security and Confidentiality.
A favorable SOC2 Type II report is issued when an organization not only has the above controls in place, but when those controls have been measured and maintained over time.
Why this is important for Touchstone Research
Integrity and ethical values are essential elements of Touchstone’s data practices, and the SOC 2 attestation is another critical component that proves Touchstone’s commitment to data security.
“We are pleased to announce that Touchstone has received a favorable SOC 2 report,” says Travis Santa, Vice President of Touchstone Research, “and we are committed to maintaining the highest level of security standards in the industry for our employees, our panel members and our clients.”
A copy of this report is available to current and prospective customers upon request.