NDNB provides businesses with high-quality, competitively priced SOC 2 Type 1 and SOC 2 Type 2 assessments in today’s world of growing regulatory compliance mandates.
From customers to prospects – and even local and federal agencies – it seems as if everyone is seeking to gain assurances of another businesses internal control environment – hence the huge growth in SOC 2 compliance audits. With today’s world of outsourcing and technology continuing to grow at unprecedented levels, expect compliance to keep pace with these changes, which means SOC 2 requests are becoming standard business practice.
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The entire SOC 2 audit process can seem like a real challenge for businesses – and sometimes it can be – especially if you’re not prepared for an assessment of this type. First and foremost, businesses need to understand that it’s an audit, which means auditors will request documentation, will ask to inspect information systems, tour facilities, interview people – do all the necessary activities that auditors do.
With NDNB, we’ll walk you through the entire audit process from beginning to end, helping you understand all the critical milestones, deliverables, and challenges that come along the way. We’ve issued hundreds of SOC 2 audit reports for North American businesses, so whatever the industry or business sector you’re in, trust the compliance experts at NDNB.
SOC 2 Best Practices & Services Offered by NDNB
NDNB offers the following services, solutions – and best practices – regarding SOC 2 compliance for North American service organizations:
Conduct a SOC 2 Readiness: Getting prepared for a SOC 2 audit begins by performing an actual readiness assessment that identifies important scoping issues, while also assessing one’s current control environment regarding I.T., operational and infrastructure policies, procedures, and processes. Furthermore, a SOC 2 readiness assessment can be conducted rather quickly, yielding measurable information for helping correct gaps and deficiencies before the audit – and that’s a smart move. Once all relevant issues have been assessed, service organizations can immediately begin to assign “to do” tasks for remediating all issues, hopefully resulting in a successful – and efficient – SOC 2 audit.
Understand that Remediation is Critical: Preparing for a SOC 2 audit also means correcting issues and gaps found during the actual readiness assessment, which can include a wide range of issues, from missing documentation to internal controls not performing as expected. The more you can identity – and correct – such issues, the greater the chances of having a successful audit and hopefully receiving adequate assessment results from the auditors. NDNB offers a wide range of supporting tools for helping with remediation for service organizations, such as expert guidance, and hands-on assistance.
When conducting remediation, keep in mind that you may very well have to acquire any number of security tools – from improved firewalls to various software packages – and we can assist in determining what those needs are, and which vendors can provide the best solutions at the best prices. With hundreds of security tools on the market – and more being added everyday – you’ll need expert, unbiased advice on what’s best for your organization. It’s just another example of going above and beyond other CPA firms when it comes to SOC 2 compliance services for businesses.
Type 1 vs. Type 2: Remember also that a SOC 2 Type 1 assessment is for a specific date in time, while a SOC 2 Type 2 assessment covers an agreed test period – generally six (6) months – but sometimes shorter or even longer in terms of test periods. Most businesses new to SOC 2 reporting would be well served by starting with a SOC 2 Type 1 in the initial year, then progressing towards Type 2 compliance is subsequent periods.
Next Steps? Talk to the experts at NDNB and begin your process of becoming SOC 2 compliant with a comprehensive and cost-effective scoping & readiness assessment. Once complete, NDNB can also assist in developing your policies and procedures, helping with technical remediation, performing the audit itself, along with implementing continuous monitoring activities for the road ahead.
We’ve performed hundreds of SOC 2 audits over the years, and we’re ready to assist businesses in need of industry leading regulatory compliance services. The compliance drumbeat is only going to get louder each year, so now’s the time to source a proven firm in helping you every step of the way, and that’s NDNB.
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