Deconstructing SSAE 18/SOC 1/SOC 2 (formerly SAS 70)

Deconstructing SSAE 18/SOC 1/SOC 2 (formerly known as SAS 70 / SSAE 16) Audit Reports

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?

SOC report guide

SOC Audit Report Overview: The Definitive Guide

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.

How long does a SOC examination take?

How Long Does a SOC Examination Take?

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.