Automatically generate a system description with a step-by-step template using Vanta's Smart System Description functionality. A SOC 2 system description outlines the parameters of a SOC report. It contains essential information about your process, people, and tech stack supporting your product or service.
Why Smart System Description?
- Save over ten hours manually creating and formatting a system description or thousands of dollars having an auditor prepare it for you.
- Eliminate duplicative work. Smart System Description prefills much of the necessary information for a system description, like system components and SLAs, from elsewhere in Vanta.
- Avoid audit delays
Enable Smart System Descriptions
- Open the Documents page from the left-hand navigation panel and scroll to the Engineering category
- Expand Infrastructure
- Open System Description (Section III)
- From here, you can:
- Upload your own
- Use pre-written system descriptions for your SOC2
- Add a link to a pre-written system description for your SOC2
- Upload your own
- Generate a System Description using the template
Using the Template
Vanta's System Description generator consists of several sections to complete - Inputs will be autosaved so you can close and re-open them anytime. Some information will be prefilled based on the integrations and policies you have enabled within Vanta; boilerplate language has been used to help with some responses. These can be changed as needed to best match your system.
- Open each section and complete the required information
- Make any necessary edits, or add needed options to fit your needs
- Once the form's sections are finished, press Generate to create the System Description .docx to share with your auditor.
- Generating may take up to 30 seconds.
- You can download documents from the System Description (Section III) page by selecting Download on the appropriate version.
- Select More from the top right corner
- Choose the time frame for recurrence and how many days in advance you would like to be notified.
- Select Save