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SOC 2 Framework and 4 Important Points to Know
The SOC 2 framework, which is effectively part of the AICPA Service Organization Control (SOC) reporting platform, represents a true willingness to develop and implement an assessment methodology geared towards technology oriented service organizations. With that said, the following four (4) points are critical to note regarding SOC 2:
1. Scope is Critical: Ever heard of the term “scope creep”, let’s just say it’s not something you want to happen during a SOC 2 assessment, which is why properly scoping the audit at the very beginning is highly critical. With that said, there are two (2) important aspects to scoping – the first being identifying the business process to assess, and the second being which of the five (5) Trust Services Principles & Criteria (TSP/C) are to be included within the actual scope of the assessment. Sounds rather straightforward – and it is when working with a high-quality, well-respected CPA firm – but diving into SOC 2 audits with little or no insight regarding scope is not recommended. Here are some helpful tips for assessing SOC 2 scope:
First, determine what the actual business process is that will be included for a SOC 2 assessment, is it everything the organization does or just a specific business unit or division? Second, identify which of the five (5) Trust Services Principles & Criteria (TSP/C) are to be used for reporting, for which you should confer with a well-qualified CPA firm on this. Nobody wants the awful “scope creep” dilemma to come calling, so plan accordingly and speak to knowledgeable professionals today.
Second, documentation is essential: In today’s world of regulatory compliance, documentation is often the key to audit success – and failure – thus the importance of information security documents cannot be overlooked for SOC 2 compliance. In fact, whichever of the five (5) Trust Services Principles & Criteria (TSP/C) you choose for the audit (one, a few, or all of them), they all require documentation to be in place - it is just that simple.
Appropriately configuring firewall rules, implementing complex password policies, and instituting formalized change control practices, and more – they’re all important, no question about it – but don’t forget that accompanying documentation for such initiatives is incredibly essential for SOC 2 audits. Remember, auditors are always on the lookout for information security documents, so keep that in mind.
2. Annual Compliance is often mandatory: Call it the “new norm” in the world we all live in regarding regulatory compliance for any business providing critical outsourcing services to other businesses. In today’s world of cost-savings and business efficiencies, outsourcing is happening everywhere –and for good reason – but just remember that heavy compliance mandates come along with it. From cloud computing providers to data centers – and more – SOC 2 compliance is here to stay, so get prepared for annual audit commitments to your customers.
4. Where to begin? With a SOC 2 scoping & readiness assessment from NDNB, that’s where. Performed by licensed and certified auditors, our SOC 2 scoping & readiness assessment engagements are an incredibly helpful tool for evaluating your organization. Learn more about the SOC 2 framework by visiting socreports.com.