Need a SOC Report? How To Know Which One Is Best For Your Service Organization

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.

Signs You Should be Receiving a SOC Report/Examination

A SOC (Service Organization Control) 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.

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and the AICPA

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.

So Many Terms…What Do They All Mean?

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: