While we tailor every audit to meet each client’s unique requirements and challenges, our roadmap to compliance typically follows a five-phased approach that creates the general framework of each audit. Our goal is to create an efficient, unobtrusive audit so that you can focus on your business, and we can focus on your compliance.
Our team of audit professionals serves our clients by combining knowledge of industry standards and regulatory requirements with proven methodologies and tools to produce cost-effective, value-added results. And what really sets us apart from our competitors is our highly personalized, client-centric level of service. We view ourselves as your business partner and treat our engagements as an opportunity to continuously improve your business processes, rather than a mere exercise in compliance.
(Phase 1): SOC 2 engagements are based on the defined principles from the original WebTrust and SysTrust that include specific evaluation criteria; however each company’s scoping requirements can vary depending on the type of services they perform. We will work with you to ensure your compliance standards (e.g., ISO27001, HIPAA, GLBA) are in alignment with your policies and procedures, and help make your security program stronger. We have years of experience working with just about every industry and work with our clients to ensure that we cover the appropriate scope (Principles under Review). During the scoping and planning phase of the engagement, we’ll provide you with a customized questionnaire and audit request list and complete all planning activities off-site.
(Phase 2): A Readiness Assessment is designed to assess a company’s preparedness for a SOC 2 audit. By conducting a thorough gap analysis, our advisors will assess the current control environment by identifying strengths and providing recommendations for areas that need improvement, as well as review your current policies and procedures to ensure they cover the areas needed. As part of our detailed recommendations, we will provide a prioritized listing of controls that should be considered for implementation or enhancement prior to the audit (Roadmap to SOC 2 Compliance). A Readiness Assessment typically requires two weeks of combined on-site and remote fieldwork and is a valuable and effective assessment that will give you a good idea of where you currently are and where you need to be.
From the outcome of our Readiness Assessment we will issue a detailed listing of GAPs with supporting recommendations. Management will have the time needed to respond to and/or implement required remediation steps. Post-remediation supporting documentation can be submitted to our client portal for auditor validation to be performed remotely, without the need for additional time on-site. Our goal is to provide sufficient preparation time, guidance and a remediation period prior an official report being issued.
(Phase 3): Upon completion of the remediation efforts and auditor validation, the procedures required to issue the Type 1 report have been completed. This is the first step in proving to customers that an independent third party has audited you, and you are on track to continually meet the defined criteria year over year. A readiness assessment is insufficient to provide clients as evidence of having proper controls in place and why our process is designed to include the issuance of a Type I report.
Type 1 Report
Control Activity Calendar
Interim Audit Requests
Testing of Controls
Upon completion of our control testing during the year, your SOC 2 Type 2 audit report is developed and issued. This report is more detailed than your SOC 2 Type 1 report and includes additional details regarding the testing procedures performed to validate your controls and processes, designed to meet the compliance objectives and requirements of you and your customers. The quality of the report is of utmost importance to us and just like the Type 1, we provide a customized draft press release, a high-resolution SOC 2 logo to place on your website and five professionally bound copies of your final report to share with your existing and/or prospective clients.
(Phase 5): Upon completion of your SOC 2 Type 2 audit report, planning next year’s audit begins. This entails issuing audit recommendations, providing guidance and agreeing to terms for future engagements.