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.

Coronavirus security threats

Coronavirus Security Threats: Tips to Mitigate Cybersecurity Risks

As if the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t enough to deal with already, coronavirus security threats are erupting as nefarious individuals use this crisis to target organizations and individuals for their own financial gain. This article addresses some of the coronavirus scams out there today that threaten your security and how you may protect yourself. Stimulus Payments […]

What is SOC 2?

What is SOC 2? An Expert’s Guide to Audits, Reports, Attestation, & Compliance

With the proliferation of data breaches and hacks that occur today, it’s no wonder there is a greater focus on information security. SOC 2 reports are general use reports that provide assurance to user organizations and stakeholders that a particular service is being provided securely. A SOC 2 can also include criteria related to Availability, […]

Cyber security work from home during coronavirus outbreak

Maintaining Optimal Cybersecurity with Remote Staff Working from Home During Coronavirus Outbreak

With COVID-19 requiring nonessential workers to work from home or social distance, many organizations are trying to navigate having their workers not in the office and still maintaining the optimal security methods from their home offices. Keep reading for some recommendations on how to maintain optimal cybersecurity with remote staff. How Do You Keep Up […]

Types of controls

What Are Internal Controls? The 4 Main Types of Controls

Internal controls (which include manual, IT-dependent manual, IT general, and application controls)  are essential process steps that allow for one to determine or confirm whether certain requirements are being done per a certain expectation, law, or policy. Additionally, internal controls allow auditors to perform tests to gain assurance that a process is designed and operating […]

Establishing an internal control environment

Establishing an Effective Internal Control Environment

Organizations flourish when they establish control environments that foster the efficient execution of operations. When done properly, good internal controls help organizations deliver value to their stakeholders and achieve their strategic objectives while aligning with industry best practices, laws, and regulations to manage risks facing them. This blog will help you understand 1) what a […]

Third party risk management

Vendor/Third-Party Risk Management: Best Practices

How to Appropriately Select Vendors and Also Manage and Monitor Their Associated Risks In this article, I will discuss what vendor risks are and the importance of why risk associated with vendors, in support of your business, should be identified and then monitored on an ongoing basis. Further, I will discuss how organizations can actually […]

NIST password guidelines

NIST Password Guidelines – What You Need to Know

Passwords have always been a hot topic of discussion both in and out of security circles. Users have always hated being forced to come up with schemes to meet the complexity rules or change their password at defined intervals. The multitude of password requirements of the past have frustrated users and have led to bad […]