Security

Last Updated: October 25, 2021

This document describes the technical and organizational measures we have adopted and will adopt to ensure that the data we process is safe in our care.

1. Subprocessing

Monad Labs, Inc. uses third party subprocessors and services providers to help us perform our work for our customers. We will make every effort to ensure that each of our subprocessors and service providers complies with all data protection laws. This is done differently for different subprocessors and service providers:

a. Large-scale subprocessors and service providers such as cloud providers (AWS, Google Cloud or Azure) have their own data processing agreements (Each, a "DPA") under which they agree to comply with applicable laws and standards. We will confirm that those DPA's in place.

b. Smaller or newer subprocessors and service providers that do not necessarily have their own DPA's will be required to sign our DPA. Our DPA will be continually updated and posted on our website at https://sequin.io/legal/dpa.

c. We will list our subprocessors on our website at https://sequin.io/legal/subprocessors and will keep that list updated continually. We will post a notice of any changes on our website at least ten days prior to any subprocessor coming into contact with any customer personal data.

In each case, and via the DPA's, Monad Labs will restrict the subprocessors' access to customer personal data only to what is necessary to assist Monad Labs in providing or maintaining the services and will prohibit the subprocessor from accessing customer personal data for any other purpose.

As part of our due diligence when we add new subprocessors or service providers, we will ask any new subprocess or service provider to provide us with their DPA, and we will require the following assurances before entering into an agreement with them.

a. They must enter into a DPA with us that contains provisions similar to our DPA.

b. They must tell us in writing where their processing occurs.

c. They must disclose any threatened or active legal actions against them regarding data or privacy issues or breaches.

d. They must agree in writing that they will not use any of the customer personal data for any purposes other than to provide us the services we require, that they will not sell, rent, or make available to any third party any of the customer personal data, and that they will cooperate with us with regard to any customer request for information. All these provisions can be included in the DPA, but we will independently confirm their existence.

2. Security Measures

Monad Labs has implemented and will maintain appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect customer personal data from security incidents and to preserve the security and confidentiality of the customer personal data ("Security Measures"). The Security Measures applicable to the Services are as follows:

  1. Security Awareness Training: Monad Labs will provide annual security training to all personnel. "Security Training" shall address security topics to educate users about the importance of information security and safeguards against data loss, misuse or breach through physical, logical and social engineering mechanisms. Training materials will address industry standard topics which include, but are not limited to:

    • The importance of information security and proper handling of PII
    • Physical controls such as visitor protocols, safeguarding portable devices and proper data destruction.
    • Logical controls related to strong password selection/best practices.
    • How to recognize social engineering attacks such as phishing.
  2. Vulnerability Scan: Monad Labs shall ensure that vulnerability scans are performed on servers continuously and network security scans are completed at a minimum biannually, in each case using an industry standard vulnerability scanning tool.

  3. Employee-Related Policies:

    a. Unauthorized persons will be prevented from gaining physical access to our premises and the rooms where data processing systems are located.

    b. Employees will only be allowed access to tasks assigned to them.

    c. We will ensure that all computers processing personal data (including computers with remote access) are password protected, both after booting up and when left, even for a short period.

    d. We will assign individual user passwords for authentication.

    e. We will only grant system access to our authorized personnel and strictly limit their access to applications required for those personnel to fulfil their specific responsibilities.

    f. We will implement a password policy that prohibits the sharing of passwords, outlines procedures to follow after disclosure of a password, and requires that passwords be changed regularly.

    g. We will ensure that passwords are always stored in encrypted form.

    h. We will have adopted procedures to deactivate user accounts when an employee, agent, or administrator leaves our employ or moves to another responsibility within the company.

    i. We will be able to retrospectively examine and establish whether and by whom your customer personal data has been entered into data processing systems, modified or removed.

    j. We will log administrator and user activities.

    k. We will process the customer personal data received from different clients so that in each step of the processing the controller can be identified and so that data is always physically or logically separated.

  4. Process-Level Requirements: We will implement the following processes to ensure security and privacy:

    a. Monad Labs shall implement user termination controls that include access removal/disablement promptly upon termination of staff.

    b. Documented change control process will be used to record and approve all major releases in Monad Labs's environment.

    c. Monad Labs shall have and maintain a patch management process to implement patches in a reasonable, risk-based timeframe.

    d. Monad Labs shall use firewall(s), Security Groups/VPCs, or similar technology to protect servers storing Customer Personal Data.

    e. Where Monad Labs handles customer personal data, servers shall be protected from unauthorized access with appropriate physical security mechanisms including, but not limited to, badge access control, secure perimeter, and enforced user provisioning controls (i.e. appropriate authorization of new accounts, timely account terminations and frequent user account reviews). These physical security mechanisms are provided by data center partners such as, but not limited to, AWS, Azure, and Google. All cloud-hosted systems shall be scanned, where applicable and where approved by the cloud service provider.

    f. Whenever an employee or contractor leaves or is terminated, that individual's access to customer user accounts shall be immediately terminated or disabled.

  5. Application-Level Requirements

    a. Monad Labs shall maintain documentation on overall application architecture, process flows, and security features for applications handling customer personal data.

    b. Monad Labs shall employ secure programming techniques and protocols in the development of applications handling customer personal data.

    c. Monad Labs shall employ industry standard scanning tools and/or code review practices, as applicable, to identify application vulnerabilities prior to release.

  6. Data-Level Requirements

    a. Encryption and hashing protocols used for customer personal data in transit and at rest shall support NIST approved encryption standards (e.g. SSH, TLS).

    b. Monad Labs shall ensure laptop disk encryption.

    c. Monad Labs shall ensure that access to information and application system functions is restricted to authorized personnel only.

    d. Customer personal data stored on archive or backup systems shall be stored at the same level of security or better than the data stored on operating systems.

  7. End User Computing Level Requirements

    a. Monad Labs shall employ an anti-virus solution with daily signature updates for end-user computing devices which connect to the customer network or handle customer personal data.

    b. Monad Labs will prohibit the use of removable media for storing or carrying customer personal data. Removable media include flash drives, CDs, and DVDs.

  8. Compliance Requirements

    a. Monad Labs will implement building access control to control and track access to its networks and other equipment.

    b. Monad Labs will, when and to the extent legally permissible, perform criminal background verification checks on all of its employees that provide services to customers prior to obtaining access to customer personal data. Such background checks shall be carried out in accordance with relevant laws, regulations, and ethics.

    c. Monad Labs will determine each year which officers and employees within the company will have access to which categories of data and shall review this list annually at the executive level.

  9. Personnel. Monad Labs restricts its personnel from processing Customer Personal Data without authorization by Monad Labs as set forth in the Security Measures and shall ensure that any person who is authorized by Monad Labs to process Customer Personal Data is under an appropriate obligation of confidentiality.

  10. Security Incident Response. Upon becoming aware of a Security Incident, Monad Labs will notify Customer without undue delay and, in any case, where feasible, within seventy-two (72) hours after becoming aware. Monad Labs will provide information relating to the Security Incident as it becomes known or as is reasonably requested by Customer to fulfil its obligations as controller and will also take reasonable steps to contain, investigate, and mitigate any Security Incident.

3. Security Incident Response

Upon becoming aware of any incident in which it suspects that unauthorized access has been gained to Monad Labs' systems, the executives of the company at the highest levels will be immediately notified.

  1. Executives will immediately confer with each other and with legal counsel regarding any security incident to ensure compliance with legal and contractual obligations.

  2. We will notify the impacted customer(s) within twenty-four hours after learning of the incident.

  3. We will immediately investigate and mitigate any security incident.

  4. Monad Labs will obtain and maintain reasonable insurance to cover itself for cyber liability.