We are proud to announce that Handshake has earned a SOC 2 Type 1 certification, demonstrating that our information security practices, policies, procedures, and team meet the rigorous SOC 2 security standards for certification.
What is SOC 2 Type 1 certification?
SOC 2 is an in-depth external audit that closely examines a company's information systems to ensure they meet five principles of trust established by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA): security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy. SOC 2 certification is awarded to businesses who demonstrate their ability to meet the institute's high standards in each category, demonstrating an ability to properly protect data within their data center and information systems.
What This Means for Handshake’s Customers
In today’s connected world, transparency and data privacy matter. We care deeply about the trust that our students, EDU partners, and employer partners put in us every day.
Maintaining SOC 2 compliance is one of the most commonly followed frameworks and is an integral part of security, sales, and operations workflows. Achieving the SOC 2 Type 1 certification further delivers on our promise of customer data protection with robust capabilities to identify, track, and resolve security vulnerabilities.
To continue to maintain our high standards, Handshake will also pursue a SOC 2 – Type 2 certification. Building on the work already accomplished in the Type 1 report, Type 2 will validate the effectiveness and sustainability of data security measures over time. Of course, we will continue to keep Handshake partners up to date with our latest efforts to ensure our security systems and processes are evolving as quickly as the technology and communities they serve.