Is your business located in Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio – essentially, anywhere in the Lone Star State – and you need to have a SOC 1 SSAE 18 audit performed, then take note of the following information, courtesy of NDNB, Texas’ leading providers of SSAE 18 SOC 1, SOC 2, and SOC 3 regulatory compliance assessments.
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Essential Points You Need to Know About SSAE 18 SOC 1 Audits
Start with a SSAE 18 SOC 1 Scoping & Readiness Assessment. New to the world of SSAE 18 SOC 1 compliance? Unsure as to where to begin in terms of assessing your internal controls? Need assistance with identifying gaps, deficiencies, and areas of concern? All signs therefore point to performing an SSAE 18 SOC 1 scoping & readiness assessment by a qualified, competent CPA firm, such as NDNB.
When completed, your assessment will have successfully identified all gaps and constraints, provided a formal roadmap for achieving compliance, along with offering numerous best practices for ensuring the safety and security of critical organizational assets. Performing such an assessment is a win-win, so contact NDNB today to learn more.
Be Mindful of Remediation that Will Have to be Performed. Having a picture perfect, completely compliant, 100% full-proof set of internal controls is what every business strives for, but the truth is that rarely does this occur. Because of this, every business – and we mean “every business” – should expect some degree of remediation to be undertaken.
It could be just missing policies and procedures, or something larger, such as re-configuring server and other information systems, thus you’ll only know these answers after the results of your SSAE 18 SOC 1 scoping & readiness assessment are presented to you. NDNB offers numerous documents and supporting tools for helping businesses successfully complete all mandated remediation activities.
Know that documentation is a big part of compliance. When we speak of documentation, we’re talking about the comprehensive set of policies, procedures, and other supporting materials that need to be developed. The SOC 2 framework utilizes the well-known Trust Services Criteria (TSP) as the basis for assessing internal controls, and as such, these TSP’s requires various policies, procedures, and processes to be in place for helping ensure compliance.
It can be a daunting challenge to develop all the necessary documentation for SOC 2 compliance, and it’s why NDNB offers policy creation writing services for businesses located in Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and all other locations in Texas.
For compliance to be successful, you’ll need to implement “Continuous Monitoring”. What’s “Continuous Monitoring”, it’s the very activities put in place for monitoring, assessing, and modifying/enhancing one’s internal controls and related policies, procedures, and processes. It’s a vital element for ensuring one’s annual audit initiatives are successful and meaningful. While obtaining your initial SSAE 18 SOC 1 compliance report is a great achievement indeed, maintaining ongoing compliance is much more important, and can be much challenging.
Regulatory compliance is the New Norm. Yes, it is, and this means that businesses need to be prepared – operationally and financially – for ongoing regulatory compliance audits. You need a firm with vast expertise, that can provide superior services and fixed-fees, and that’s NDNB.
Comprehensive Services from one of Texas’ Most Well-Known Firms
Do you have a business located in Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio – essentially, anywhere in the Lone Star State – and you need to have a SOC 1 SSAE 18 audit performed? Talk to NDNB today.