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 […]
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.
Section 5, the unaudited section, of the SOC 2 report can vary significantly between reports. It may contain a lot of details about the service organization or it may only contain a response from management for a deficiency. So what can go in this section? There are various topics that can be included that can be […]
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 […]
Many U.S. companies receive what, until recently, were called SAS 70 audit reports from certain types of vendors.
Of all the day-to-day priorities and to-do’s, worrying about audit risk probably has not risen to the top of your list. Should it? Maybe “out of sight, out of mind” is a better approach? It seems like a boring thing to think about, and you probably have more pressing matters on your mind. While this […]
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 […]
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 […]
When preparing for a SOC 1 or SOC 2 examination, service organizations, particularly those who elect to report their subservice organizations using the carve-out method, often conclude that anything related to their subservice organizations is out of scope for their own SOC report. However, that is not the case. This blog will discuss the requirements […]
Vulnerabilities exist within all technology environments. NIST has developed several definitions for vulnerabilities, including a “Weakness in an information system, system security procedures, internal controls, or implementation that could be exploited or triggered by a threat source.” As time passes, software vendors, threat actors, or security researchers, will inevitably find defects or vulnerabilities in the […]
In today’s world, great importance and attention are placed on personal privacy and, importantly, privacy over an individual’s personal information and data. The highly electronically connected world and easy availability of information on the internet and through information sharing between organizations raise the concern as to how individuals’ personal information and data are protected. There […]