Maintaining credentials is crucial for building trust and ensuring the security of customer technology environments and personal information. Annually, Apps Associates engages a licensed and accredited independent third party to perform SOC 1 Type 2 and SOC 2 Type 2 testing. For additional details about SOC reporting and its standards, please visit the website of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Apps Associates holds the TISAX certification, a European information and cybersecurity standard that focuses on securing manufacturer’s data throughout the supply chain lifecycle. TISAX assessments are conducted by accredited assessment providers who evaluate the information security practices and criteria developed to protect data within the automotive industry.
Apps Associates also understands the importance of supporting our customer’s audit requirements. As a valuable addition to our customer offerings, we have established an online self-service website that will streamline the audit process while enhancing the customer experience.
We have developed a sharable trust profile that provides an in-depth overview of Apps Associates’ security, privacy, and compliance best practices that may be downloaded and provided as evidence during the customer audit process.
This profile includes current certifications, responses to the Standard Information Gathering Questionnaire (SIG) by Shared Assessments, and copies of important audit reports and enterprise policies. This content is maintained regularly, and new versions are updated as they become available.
Utilizing best-of-breed technologies and implementing stringent protocols, methodologies, and policies clients can have confidence that their services are well-protected. With a dedicated team of experts, continuous monitoring, and a proactive approach to identifying and mitigating vulnerabilities, we aim to provide the highest level of security in the delivery of our managed services. This commitment instills confidence in our clients and establishes Apps Associates as a trusted partner in the realm of secure and reliable solutions. Therefore, we encourage our customers to leverage existing Apps Associate’s security-focused solutions and services, providing the most holistic and integrated approach in the protection of customer assets.
Apps Associates also collaborates closely with our customers to ensure they remain informed of important security updates essential to the protection of their data and systems. Timely communication and technical expertise help prevent potential security breaches or interruptions to critical customer services.
Security is of the utmost importance to us, and we understand security is an ongoing journey. At Apps Associates, we prioritize security by incorporating a multi layered approach into our services, infrastructure, and business processes which are continuously monitored by the security and compliance teams and kept current. This approach reflects a proactive and comprehensive strategy to ensure the safety and trustworthiness of the services we provide.
The program is built upon a control framework designed to protect against anticipated threats to the security and integrity of Apps Associates and customer information. We embrace:
Ensuring the sanctity of customer security is the bedrock upon which trust and reliability in any enterprise are built. At the heart of our commitment lies a robust framework defined by seven pillars of Customer Security Management. These pillars serve as the foundational principles guiding our determined pursuit of safeguarding sensitive information, upholding privacy, and fostering a secure environment for our valued partners. Each pillar represents a cornerstone in our holistic approach, fortifying our dedication to proactive, comprehensive, and cutting-edge strategies aimed at fortifying the integrity of our customers’ data and fostering a resilient security ecosystem.
Apps Associates’ robust risk management framework is designed to safeguard against hazards and disruptions resulting in steadfast customer service delivery. It includes risk identification, risk assessment, risk mitigation, continuous monitoring, and regular reporting to members of the Apps leadership team.
Ensuring unwavering business resilience is of utmost importance in today’s dynamic threat landscape. The Apps Associates’ Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Program is reviewed and updated regularly to include threat evaluation, business continuity plans, and notification procedures. Advanced encryption, real-time threat monitoring, proactive risk mitigation, and regular patch management are consistently prioritized to mitigate risks and ensure continuity.
Our dedication to supplying secure services is reinforced by our proactive strategy, which places a high priority on the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of customer information. A certified, independent 3rd party performs quarterly internal and external vulnerability and penetration testing. Findings are prioritized and remediated in a timely manner.
Apps Associates’ third-party assessment program is designed to ensure the security, compliance, and overall reliability of our vendors and partners. A standardized framework is used that covers key areas such as security, compliance, financial stability, and performance. Third parties are prioritized based on risk level and continuous monitoring is employed.
Incident response is a critical part of Apps Associates cybersecurity strategy. This program has been designed to effectively manage security incidents to minimize damage and reduce recovery times. The incident response plan includes classification, prioritization, dedicated teams, communication plan, containment, eradication, and forensic analysis. Tabletop exercises are performed twice a year to further confirm preparedness and the program is updated annually.
Security measures are only as strong as the people implementing them. Providing employees with training on relevant laws, regulations, and company policies helps to ensure they are aware of and adhere to compliance requirements. Apps Associates has implemented a continuous “micro” learning program that provides consistent training throughout the year to ensure safeguarding data is kept front of mind.
Phishing simulations are performed quarterly, and results are appraised by the Apps Associates’ leadership team. Personalized training is offered to employees to further facilitate awareness and understanding.
Monthly security newsletters are distributed that include information on relevant security practices and new vulnerabilities that may have an impact on business services.
The Apps Associates’ Corporate Governance Team oversees principles, regulations, and practices governing the protection of personal data that have been adopted worldwide.
The enterprise governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) platform is used to track all privacy-related activities and proactive compliance efforts in the protection of individual personal data as a fundamental aspect of business operations.
Apps Associates’ global clientele rely on the company to manage their confidential data by taking the following measures:
In summary, these measures collectively demonstrate a commitment to maintaining an elevated level of data privacy and security for Apps Associates’ global clientele. It aligns with best practices for organizations that oversee sensitive and confidential information, especially in the context of evolving data privacy regulations. The policy is reviewed on an annual basis and modified as required.