A SOC 2 readiness assessment is essential for almost any service organization new to the AICPA Service Organization Control (SOC) framework. Add to the fact of the important scope considerations and policy documentation requirements for these types of assessments, a SOC 2 readiness assessment becomes a very proactive and necessary element for auditing success. Though SOC 2 can be “technically” looked upon as being prescriptive in nature – after all – the Trust Services Principles (TSP) do lay out exactly the criteria a service organization should have in place, it’s still highly subjective as to what auditors expect to ask for.
Additionally, from a scope perspective, it’s also important to note that there are five (5) Trust Services Principles, thus deciding on which of the five – a few or all of them – to include for reporting is also critical. All the more reason for engaging with an experienced CPA firm for purposes of undertaking a SOC 2 readiness assessment.
The Many Benefits of a SOC 2 Readiness Assessment
Furthermore, a SOC 2 readiness assessment helps determine one of the most important reporting requirements of the Service Organization Control (SOC) framework – what formalized processes and procedures and other supporting initiatives need to be in place. That’s right, processes and procedures, from an information security and operational perspective, are a large part of SOC 2 compliance, all the more reason for undertaking a SOC 2 readiness assessment. More specifically, essentially all of the five (5) TSP’s require comprehensive processes and procedures to be in place.
NDNB, a nationally recognized CPA firm with years of regulatory compliance experience, has assissted numerous clients in putting in place information security and operational specific processes and procedures, those needed for helping ensure compliance with the SOC 2 reporting framework. Interestingly, the entire SOC framework, including SOC 1 and SOC 3, is also highly depended on having documented information security and operational processes and procedures in place – it’s a big, and often overlooked component of regulatory compliance, so please keep that in mind.
SOC 2 is Surpassing SOC 1 in Adoption and Use
SOC 2 compliance is continuing to gain immense traction as more and more technology oriented service organizations adopt it as the primary framework for reporting on controls, possibly even outpacing the much more well-known SOC 1 SSAE 18 standard. For this reason, it’s critically important gain a strong technical and operational understanding of SOC 2, which begins with a SOC 2 readiness assessment by a nationally recognized, PCAOB CPA firm that specializes in regulatory compliance, and that’s NDNB.