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.
The Cloud Security Alliance is a non-profit organization that promotes the use of best practices for providing secure cloud computing. Since 2010, the CSA has released four versions of a free Cloud Controls Matrix for public use.
Recently, we have noticed that clients of service organizations are asking for a “SOC” report in general, and not necessarily specifying which type of report they are looking for [i.e., SOC 1 (f. SSAE 16), SOC 2, or SOC 3].
SOC logos are available for use by service organizations that have undergone a SOC 1 (formerly SSAE 16), SOC 2, or SOC 3 engagement within the prior 12 months.
It is easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the terminology surrounding an audit. Here is a list of frequently used terms and their meanings:
So, you have a current customer or client asking whether you have completed an SSAE 16 examination. Now you may have some basic questions such as the following: What is an SSAE 16 audit report? A Type II SSAE 16 report is an independent report on the design and operating effectiveness of key controls at […]