OpenSpecimen Awarded SOC2 Certification for Security, Availability and Confidentiality

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

Obtaining the SOC 2 Type 1 certification reinforces our ongoing commitment to the security, availability, and processing integrity of the OpenSpecimen platform.

Our customers can feel confident that we are making every investment to establish and maintain the highest level of security and compliance.

Passing the SOC 2 audit gives us a distinct competitive edge. We can assure our current and prospective customers in our pipeline that we have taken all necessary steps to keep their data safe, thereby protecting them from potential data breaches.

We will now work towards SOC2 Type 2 certification in the first half of 2022.

Srikanth Adiga, CEO, OpenSpecimen

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.