IT Audit & Compliance Blog

The Linford & Company Blog is written by our very own auditors, who are experts in IT audits, information security, and compliance topics. Their auditing experience encompasses a broad spectrum of industries and organizations, and their specialized expertise can help your company or organization make the right decision for your auditing needs. Our specific areas of focus in our IT Audit & Compliance Blog include SOC 1 reports, SOC 2 reports, HIPAA reports, Royalty audits, HITRUST and FedRAMP assessments.

Types of penetration tests and tools

Types of Penetration Tests: A Look at Different Pentest Techniques & Tools

We have a few blogs written on penetration testing. These blogs include information on the steps or phases to properly conduct a penetration test, how penetration tests relate to satisfying SOC 2 requirements, information on how penetration testing compares to vulnerability assessments, and more. Feel free to check out these related blogs: External Penetration Testing […]

Change management for service organizations

Change Management for Service Organizations: Process, Controls, Audits

What is Change Management? Change management is a standardized process by which all changes, including application code and infrastructure changes, are introduced into a production IT environment in a controlled and repeatable manner that ensures only authorized changes are being deployed. Example changes include bug fixes, new features, system upgrades, and patching. For service organizations, […]

Blockchain risks for SOC assessments

Risks of Blockchain on Service Organization Control (SOC) Assessments

Blockchain technology is changing the way businesses around the world operate and provide services. Blockchain is currently most known for its association with cryptocurrencies, most notably, Bitcoin. The use of blockchain extends beyond cryptocurrencies as use cases flourish and major companies invest in blockchain technology. With new integrations and solutions in development, blockchain will disrupt […]

Client acceptance for SOC 2 audits

Client Acceptance: Procedures and Auditor Considerations for Approval

Service organization management and the service auditor each have specific responsibilities in a SOC 2 examination. This blog describes the service auditor’s responsibilities, including the preconditions of engagement acceptance and the importance of understanding the terms of the engagement with management. If you are a service organization looking for a new service auditor, client acceptance […]

SOC 2 security incident reporting

SOC Incident Reporting: What are SOC 2 Security Reporting Requirements?

Over the last year, the world saw a number of major security breaches in the news. Some notable ones include the SolarWinds attack, Colonial Pipeline Hack, and JBS U.S. Beef plant attack. Unfortunately, attacks are nothing new. Other major attacks over the years have included the Equifax data breach, Uber data breach, and WannaCry cyber […]

Azure SOC 2 Compliance

Leveraging the Azure SOC 2 – How to Build a SOC 2 Compliant Product or Service

Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing services are designed to facilitate its clients’ compliance with various security frameworks and standards. Companies leverage Microsoft’s compliant architecture so that certain requirements (e.g. data center physical security and environmental controls) are the responsibility of Microsoft. This is a huge advantage to small to medium-sized businesses that don’t have the resources […]