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.

SOC 2 description criteria

What are Description Criteria for a SOC 2 Report?

The description of a service organization’s system in a SOC 2 report is required to be prepared and assessed utilizing the description criteria guidance put forward by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The description criteria will be discussed in this blog to provide guidance on the factors to consider when describing a […]

Internal Audit Planning

Why Is Internal Audit Planning Critical To An Effective Audit?

The task of internal audit planning can be overwhelming and involve many individuals. Sometimes it is difficult to even know where to begin. In this article we will break down a few of the common questions when it comes to an internal audit, elaborate on the key steps to the internal audit planning phase, and […]

SOC benefits and audit value

SOC Benefits: Beyond the Value of SOC Compliance for Audits

Obtaining a SOC 2 report requires an investment of both time and money for a service organization and, at some point, might seem like more work than it’s worth. However, the advantages to obtaining a SOC 2 report far outweigh the initial investment.

Value of SOC for Supply Chain Reports

Is There Value in Obtaining a SOC for Supply Chain Report?

Questions are frequently being asked of organizations that provide products or services regarding the processes and controls included in their supply chain activities (the activities involved to transform a raw material or natural resource into a finished good). If your company has experienced this, you are not alone. The need for organizations to understand supply […]

HITRUST Self Assessment Pitfalls

Avoiding HITRUST Self-Assessment Pitfalls

Healthcare is a complicated topic. When the term is raised, the altruists among us focus on helping their fellow man. But like any endeavor managed by people, there is a business aspect to it. The business of healthcare faces the same problems as other types of businesses. It must operate efficiently, securely, and offer something […]