OpenSpecimen, the biobanking LIMS used by organisations around the world have been awarded Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type 1 accreditation following a successful audit conducted by Johanson LLP. This is an important step forward for OpenSpecimen that assures its global userbase that its information security practices, policies, procedures and operations meet the SOC 2 standards for security, availability, and confidentiality.
Recognising data security and patient confidentiality is of critical importance to both existing and prospective adopters, OpenSpecimen invested significantly in terms of financial and resource commitment to make this happen. This achievement marks a milestone in the continual evolution and improvement of the system following 3rd party validation of OpenSpecimen’s internal and external processes.
This accreditation now makes it easier for large corporations and government bodies as well as other highly regulated industries who need SOC2 compliance to adopt the OpenSpecimen platform.
OpenSpecimen’s SOC 2 report provide peace of mind for users in that:
- It verifies the existence of internal controls designed and implemented to meet the requirements for the security principles outlined in the Trust Services Principles and Criteria for Security
- It provides a thorough review of how OpenSpecimen’s internal controls affect the security, availability, and processing integrity of the systems it uses to process users’ data and the confidentiality and privacy of the information processed by these systems
Despite this achievement, the OpenSpecimen team will continue to work to ensure they are providing the best system available. To this end, they will be making several enhancements to its infrastructure by adding additional layers of redundancy and increasing monitoring coverage of its platform.