The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) is a regulatory board reporting to the SEC who oversees the audits of public companies. Congress created the PCAOB in 2002 with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) in response to a series of accounting scandals, notably Enron and Worldcom, to tighten controls on the auditing industry.
A good question that people ask all the time. Typically the question is framed with “What does the AICPA do?” The AICPA is the acronym for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
In a press release dated December 17, 2015, the AICPA announced that it had collaborated with the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) to develop an illustrative SOC 2 report useful to health care industry service organizations that must demonstrate compliance with HIPAA’s security requirements
Clients will often ask why we complexify certain types of audit procedures.
There is no such thing as a SOC or SSAE 16 (known as SOC 1, which is the marketing name for the standard) certification.
Unfortunately, not all SOC reports or SOC audit firms are created equal. Here are some tips to ensure that your SOC report and the firm performing your SOC examination is up to par. Confirm your firm is licensed – One day we received a call from one of our clients telling us that our fees […]
Some of our clients occasionally ask us when it is a good idea to get a SOC 3 report. The answer for most companies is that a SOC 3 is not necessary.
The ever-growing emphasis on governance, risk management, and compliance has driven companies to focus on internal controls over all aspects of their operations.
With all the commerce and other types of transactions and information that traverse the Internet, it is useful that there are organizations such as the CSA, AICPA, and many others, which are focused on serving the public’s interests. And while nothing will ever give complete assurance as to the internal controls for a service organization, SOC audit reports go a long way to providing a level of assurance that is acceptable to most people and organizations.
The Trust Services Principles and Criteria (TSP Section 100) has been updated for SOC 2 reports.