If my company is not a healthcare provider, what do we need to do to demonstrate proper vendor due diligence required by HIPAA/HITECH? Many times, this question is posed to audit firms and consulting firms when a client receives a security questionnaire from a potential or existing healthcare customer they provide services. This article will […]
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.
What is Enterprise Security? Enterprise security is the process by which an organization protects its information assets (data, servers, workstations, storage, networking, applications, etc.) from infringement of confidentiality, integrity, or availability. It includes policies and procedures which provide guidance on the who, what, why, and how to implement the protection mechanism for an organization’s information […]
Data security refers to the controls implemented by a company to protect its data from unauthorized access and corruption. A good control environment around data security isn’t built on trust, it’s built on controls that are operating effectively allowing verification and adequate oversight. The implementation of mature data security protocol and measures by which individuals […]
Every year as summer draws to a close, one of the most sought-after topics for discussion that clients, business associates, and others reach out to our firm about is regarding Gap Letters— sometimes called Bridge Letters.
Clients will often ask why we complexify certain types of audit procedures.
Internal 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 properly. In this post, we will discuss what internal controls […]
The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) defines internal audit as the “independent, objective assurance, and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organization’s operations. It helps an organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.” Definition of Certified […]
What is the process for my data center to become SOC 2 compliant? Many times, this question is asked of to audit firms when potential clients or current clients request to review a SOC 2 report conducted on your private services. This article will explain a high-level and straightforward overview of SOC 2 compliance as […]
The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is a federal program focused on providing a consistent process for evaluating the security of commercial cloud service providers (CSP) that seek to provide services to the federal government. The FedRAMP process involves five primary entities but depending on the path a CSP takes to achieve an […]
In 2013, the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission, better known as COSO, enhanced their internal control framework that has been widely adopted globally by a large number of organizations. This internal control framework is made up of five COSO components and 17 COSO principles that is used by many organizations to comply […]