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.
Many U.S. companies receive what, until recently, were called SAS 70 audit reports from certain types of vendors. These reports come out once a year, typically in the late Fall. While most organizations do a good job of recognizing the need to request these reports, often they are not properly reviewed and evaluated when received. So, what do you do with the report once it has been received other than give it the internal and external auditors?
A SOC (System and Organization Controls) report is a report on controls at a service organization related to various types of subject matter, for example: controls that affect user entities’ financial reporting; controls that affect the security, availability, and processing integrity of the systems; or the confidentiality or privacy of the information processed for user entities’ clients.
Many of our clients and prospects get asked for a “SOC report” without any further clarification. Also, many get asked for a SOC 1 and a SOC 2… so how do they know what they need? Do they need both? Just one? We get these questions all the time, and with a quick conversation, we […]
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.
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.
There is no such thing as a SOC or SSAE 16 (known as SOC 1, which is the marketing name for the standard) certification.
Many U.S. companies receive what, until recently, were called SAS 70 audit reports from certain types of vendors.
We are frequently asked how long it takes to complete a SOC examination. Unfortunately there is not an answer that fits for every examination because every service organization is different. But, if an organization has controls in place the average time taken for a SOC examination is typically one to three months for Type I reports, and six to 12 months for Type II reports. If controls are not in place, the examination can take longer.
A Third Party Administrator (TPA) is a service organization that provides a variety of services to the insurance industry in accordance with a service agreement.