BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AgPR) Feb. 1, 2024 – GROWMARK, Inc., an agricultural cooperative operating in North America, is pleased to announce the organization has achieved its System and Organization Controls (SOC) 2 Type I compliance certification. This certification is a widely recognized set of security standards designed to ensure service providers, like GROWMARK, have appropriate controls to protect the security, availability, and confidentiality of customer data. To achieve SOC 2 compliance, companies undergo an independent third-party audit during which an auditor reviews the company’s controls, policies, and procedures, and tests them to confirm they meet a set of rigorous standards designed to protect sensitive data.
Information Security Manager, Jeff Mosley, who helped lead the project, says this level of data security assures that doing business with GROWMARK is safe and secure. “This security designation is a testimony of our commitment to the data security we provide our customers. When companies do business with us, no matter their size or location around the world, we can offer them the highest standard of data security,” he said.
Current customers who use the SAP, Agvance, myGROWMARK, and myFS digital platforms through GROWMARK also benefit from this new level of data security. “Our current customers, from the farm field to the boardroom, can rest assured that their data is secure when they use our digital management tools,” Mosley said.
The audit was completed with the help of Johanson Group LLP, a premier certification body helping organizations obtain and maintain global compliance standards. Johanson Groupattested to GROWMARK’s information security controls in meeting the leading industry standards for wholesale and retail agriculture and energy products and services. Johanson Group specializes in SOC 2 audits and provides audit and professional services to public and private companies, large and small, in a variety of industries.
The security audit required to maintain SOC Type II certification is performed annually.
GROWMARK is an agricultural cooperative serving almost 400,000 customers across North America, providing agronomy, energy, facility engineering and construction, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services. Headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois, GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by member cooperatives. More information is available at GROWMARK.com.