SOC

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AWS System and Organization Controls (SOC) Reports are independent third-party examination reports that demonstrate how AWS achieves key compliance controls and objectives. The purpose of these reports is to help you and your auditors understand the AWS controls established to support operations and compliance. There are three AWS SOC Reports:

  •   SOC 1 SOC 2: Security, Availability, Confidentiality & Privacy
    SOC 3: Security, Availability, Confidentiality & Privacy
    What is the report? A description of the AWS control environment and external audit of AWS defined controls and objectives A description of the AWS controls environment and external audit of AWS controls that meet the AICPA Trust Services Security, Availability, Confidentiality, and Privacy Criteria
    A public facing report demonstrating AWS has met the AICPA Trust Services Security, Availability, Confidentiality, and Privacy Criteria
    Under what Standard is the Audit Report Performed? SSAE No. 18, Attestation Standards: Clarification and Recodification (AICPA, Professional Standards), which includes AT-C section 320, Reporting on an Examination of Controls at a Service Organization Relevant to User Entities’ Internal Control Over Financial Reporting. AICPA Guide, Service Organizations: Reporting on an Examination of Controls at a Service Organization Relevant to User Entities’ Internal Control Over Financial Reporting (SOC 1®) SSAE No. 18, Attestation Standards: Clarification and Recodification, which includes AT-C section 105, Concepts Common to All Attestation Engagements, and AT-C section 205, Examination Engagements AICPA Guide, Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization Relevant to Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, or Privacy(SOC 2®) TSP section 100A, 2017 Trust Services Criteria for Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, and Privacy (AICPA, 2017 Trust Services Criteria) SSAE No. 18, Attestation Standards: Clarification and Recodification, which includes AT-C section 105, Concepts Common to All Attestation Engagements, and AT-C section 205, Examination Engagements TSP section 100A, 2017 Trust Services Criteria for Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, and Privacy (AICPA, 2017 Trust Services Criteria)
    What's the Primary Report Purpose?

    To provide information to customers about AWS' control environment that may be relevant to their internal controls over financial reporting

    To provide information to customers and their auditors for their assessment and opinion of the effectiveness of internal controls over financial reporting (ICOFR)

    To provide customers and users with a business need with an independent assessment of AWS' control environment relevant to system security, availability, confidentiality, and privacy
    To provide customers and users with a business need with an independent assessment of AWS' control environment relevant to system security, availability, confidentiality, and Privacy without disclosing AWS internal information
    Who is the Primary Report Audience? Customer management and their auditors Users with business need Publicly available here
    What Period does the AWS Report Cover?

    6 Months:

    10/1-3/31 and 4/1-9/30

    6 Months:

    10/1-3/31 and 4/1-9/30

    6 Months:

    10/1-3/31 and 4/1-9/30

    SOC 2: Security, Availability & Confidentiality
  • The covered AWS services that are already in scope for the SOC reports can be found within AWS Services in Scope by Compliance Program. If you would like to learn more about using these services and/or have interest in other services please contact us.

  • For a complete list of all in scope regions please refer to the AWS SOC 3 Report

  • Ernst & Young LLP performs the AWS SOC 1, SOC 2 and SOC 3 audits.

  • AWS issues SOC 1, SOC 2, and SOC 3 Reports twice per year, covering 6-month periods (October 1 – March 31 and April 1 – September 30). New reports are released in mid-May and mid-November.

  • The AWS SOC 1 Audit is conducted in accordance with International Standards for Assurance Engagements No. 3402 (ISAE 3402). Customers needing an ISAE 3402 Report should request the AWS SOC 1 Type II Report by using AWS Artifact, a self-service portal for on-demand access to AWS compliance reports. Sign in to AWS Artifact in the AWS Management Console, or learn more at Getting Started with AWS Artifact.

  • An NDA is required to review the AWS SOC 1 and SOC 2 reports. The AWS SOC 3 report is a publicly available summary of the AWS SOC 2 report. The AWS SOC 3 report outlines how AWS meets the AICPA’s Trust Security Principles in SOC 2 and includes the external auditor’s opinion of the operation of controls. You can read the latest AWS SOC 3 Report on the AWS website.

  • The AWS SOC 1 and SOC 2 are available to customers by using AWS Artifact, a self-service portal for on-demand access to AWS compliance reports. Sign in to AWS Artifact in the AWS Management Console, or learn more at Getting Started with AWS Artifact.

  • The latest AWS SOC 3 Report is publicly available on the AWS website.

  • AWS issues SOC 1, SOC 2, and SOC 3 Reports twice per year, covering 6-month periods (October 1 – March 31 and April 1 – September 30). As appropriate, we will scope-in new regions to our SOC reports at the next available review cycle. 

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