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Trust the experts at NDB when it comes to providing expert SOC 2 guidelines and other supporting information for ensuring you achieve SOC 2 compliance quickly and cost-effectively. As part of every SOC 2 audit performed by NDB, organizations receive a free consultation regarding all of your SOC 2 needs from a highly-qualified CPA with years of SOC 2 expertise.

Want to learn more about SOC 2 and obtain a true SOC 2 guide on what’s becoming one of the most recognized assessments throughout the entire world, then take note of the following items for ensuring a successful SOC 2 audit from day one:

1. Compliance is here to stay. SOC 2 audits are being requested annually from many technology driven businesses that are providing material services to their clients. It means that YOUR clients want to gain a greater understanding – and confidence level – of your internal controls, which they can do by requesting annual compliance audits, such as SOC 2. So forget about the notion of a “one and done” SOC 2 audit – not in today’s world, as compliance is now an annual commitment for service organizations.

2. Technical Remediation is Critical. Information security remediation a very, very big part of SOC 2 compliance, so much so that businesses often hire independent consultants to assist with such an undertaking, that’s right. The Trust Services Principles (TSP), which consist of Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, and Privacy – all require a heavy dose of technical controls for ensuring successful SOC 2 compliance. NDB offers technical remediation services, which is one the biggest reasons we’re the preferred provider of SOC audits throughout North America.

3. Invest in a SOC 2 Readiness Assessment. When performed correctly, a SOC 2 readiness assessment is extremely valuable, providing much-needed insight and understanding of a service organization’s gaps and deficiencies for purposes of SOC auditing. From missing documentation to critical security gaps – and more – a SOC 2 readiness assessment effectively lays the foundation for long-term auditing success. It’s not just another expense – rather – a beneficial exercise that’s highly recommended to any service organization new to SOC 2 reporting.

And while the vast majority of remediation for SOC 2 audits is predominantly that of documentation, let’s not forget the importance of actually implementing all the necessary changes that are stated in such documents. This is a big step for many service organizations, but it has to be done for purposes of regulatory compliance for SOC 2, and it’s also in the spirit of security best practices for today’s complex, cybersecurity world.

4. Learn about SOC 2. Hey, if you’re going to be spending large sums of money each year on SOC 2 reporting, then it’s probably a good idea to start learning about the technical merits of the AICPA Service Organization Control (SOC) framework, which consists of SOC 1, SOC 2 and SOC 3. Additionally, SOC 2 compliance requires a description of a service organization’s “system”, along with a written statement of assertion by management, two critical reporting elements in which NDB can provide more information on.

  • SOC 2 audit reports are an important element of the AICPA Service Organization Control (SOC) reporting framework.
  • Organizations can opt for a SOC 2 Type 1 or a SOC 2 Type 2 report.
  • SOC 2 audit reports are geared towards many of today’s technology oriented companies.

Speak with Christopher G. Nickell, CPA, at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706, or email him at cnickell@ndbcpa.com, and receive a competitively priced fixed fee for SOC 2 audit reports.

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