We know that for customers, security is a critically important part of application development, database management, and IT systems in general. Organizations must take a holistic approach and a database, while just one part, is a key element in protecting information. Couchbase has worked with customers and their data security needs for over a decade, including some of the world’s biggest companies. Therefore we take security very seriously and it continues to be a top priority for us. So we are excited to announce our Couchbase Capella offering has successfully completed a SOC 2 Type II audit and received a report that demonstrates Capella’s security, availability, and confidentiality.

What is SOC 2?

Developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), a SOC 2 report attests to the ability of a service organization’s internal controls to manage client data in a secure and trustworthy manner. This independent report, issued by a CPA firm, attests to the results of a comprehensive audit that focuses on system-level controls that process clients’ data. The SOC 2 looks at one or more of the following areas

  • Security – systems and data need to be protected against unauthorized access and anything that could compromise their confidentiality, integrity, availability, and privacy
  • Availability – systems need to be available for use and operation
  • Processing integrity – system processing must be timely, accurate, and authorized
  • Confidentiality – information delegated as confidential needs to have appropriate protections
  • Privacy – any personal information collected must be used, retained, disclosed, and disposed of appropriately

Couchbase Capella’s specifics

Couchbase Capella was developed with a security-first mindset.

Capella enforces strong security and isolation boundaries for all database clusters deployed in the cloud via:

  • Complete network and logical isolation of cloud accounts across customer deployments
  • Data security via encryption at rest and in-flight
  • Security built from the ground-up

Security and isolation

Couchbase Capella provides complete network isolation for database clusters and the underlying infrastructure is isolated from other users. Database resources reside within their own cloud resource containers. Each cluster is deployed within a dedicated virtual private cloud environment for complete security isolation and separation. All access to a database must be explicitly granted via an allow list. Additionally, access is administered via unified user identity and management mechanisms within the Capella control plane, which spans manual, API, and programmatic access to the database

Data security

All data, whether in transit or at rest, is encrypted to ensure data protection, privacy, and the integrity of the underlying infrastructure. All communications and data are always encrypted using the latest security standards (TLS 1.2). Encryption and security features are enforced by default and cannot be turned off. 

Secure infrastructure and development processes

All software components used within Capella, including the operating environment, are hardened and minimalized, narrowing the security vector. These components are continually scanned and certified by our Capella security team. These processes include hardening, vulnerability scanning, enforcing trusted and locked down images, secure repositories, and implementing secure engineering practices. 

In order to maintain robust security technology and practices, Couchbase Capella undergoes periodic vulnerability scanning and assessment by an independent third party for verification of our security, privacy, and compliance controls. 


Find out more about Capella here or start a free trial today!

For more on Couchbase and Capella security, download our Capella Security and Data Protection whitepaper.


Posted by Tim Rottach, Director of Product Line Marketing

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