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SOC 2 Compliance - Atlanta, GA – Fixed Fees

Call the proven and trusted Atlanta SOC 2 compliance experts today at NDB Accountants & Consultants. We offer comprehensive, cost-effective, “fixed-fee” engagements for SOC 2 compliance all throughout North America and other select regions, and of course in our home state of Georgia. Every client receives a complimentary SOC 2 Policy Packet as part of every engagement performed by NDB, so call today to discuss your SOC 2 compliance needs.

SOC 2 Compliance Essentials & Important Points to Note

After years of having a one-size fits all standard – known as SAS 70 – the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) introduced the all-new Service Organization Control (SOC) reporting framework, consisting of SOC 1, SOC 2, and SOC 3. Immediately “out of the gate”, the SOC 1 reporting option became the de facto standard, but eventually the SOC 2 framework quickly gained traction, becoming the standard bearer assessment for any type of technology oriented service organization. This is because the large majority of service organizations providing critical outsourcing functions to other businesses are offering some type of technology solution or platform, for which the SOC 2 framework was intended for.

SSAE 16 SOC 1 vs. SOC 2 – What you Need to Know

It’s important to note that while the SSAE 16 SOC 1 standard is well-known and often used, it’s generally a reporting option for service organizations having a credible nexus to a concept known as ICFR. What is ICFR – it stands for “Internal Controls over Financial Reporting” that applies to a service organization who is conducting critical services for which such services can impact their client’s financial reporting. Banks, actuaries, trust entities, third party administrators in Atlanta – and more – they’re all conducting critical financial transactions, for which the SSAE 16 SOC 1 reporting option would be acceptable.

But what about data centers, managed service providers – the technology companies in Atlanta that are springing up everywhere in today’s digitally driven economy? They’re ideally suited for SOC 2 compliance, the AICPA reporting platform designed for technology oriented service organizations. At the heart of SOC 2 compliance are the criteria based Trust Services Principles (TSP) of security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy. So which of the five (5) Trust Services Principles (TSP) do Atlanta service organizations include within the scope of their annual SOC 2 audit – good question – it really depends on scoping needs, client and other third-party expectations, along with other important considerations. Regardless of which TSP’s are included, one thing is certain and that’s the need for comprehensive security policies for helping ensure SOC 2 compliance.

Documentation is Critical for Regulatory Compliance & We can help

Any audit – SOC 1, SOC 2, HIPAA, PCI DSS, FISMA, DFARS, Regulation AB, and more – all require documentation for their success – specifically – information security policies and procedures, along with essential operational materials. It’ just the new world of regulatory compliance we live in, and it’s why NDB provides a SOC 2 Policy Packet to service organizations containing hundreds of pages of expertly written security policies. Achieving SOC 2 compliance is difficult enough, which is the primary reason NDB developed the SOC 2 Policy Packets for businesses.

As for your SOC 2 compliance cheat sheet, remember the following:

  • 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.
  • Receive a complimentary SOC 2 Policy Packet from NDB!
  • 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and receive a competitively priced fixed fee for SOC 2 audit reports.

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SOC 2 compliance audits & reports for businesses located throughout Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina are offered by North America’s leading provider of regulatory compliance services – NDB Accountants & Consultants, LLP (NDB). We’ve been a household name throughout the Carolinas for years, offering high-quality, fixed-fee compliance services for entities of all sizes and industries. We also offer numerous supporting compliance services outside of SOC 2, such as PCI DSS certification, HIPAA compliance, GLBA reporting, and much more. Call and speak with CPA Christopher Nickell, at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706 to learn more, or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today.

NDB offers the following SOC 2 services – and other regulatory compliance solutions – for businesses located in the Raleigh Durham and Charlotte, N.C. locations:

1. SOC 2 Scoping & Readiness Assessments: Getting off on the right foot – as the old saying goes – is critically important for SOC 2 compliance, and it’s why every business should perform a SOC 2 scoping & readiness assessment. No, it’s not just another added cost to the SOC 2 engagement – rather – it’s an incredibly important step for ensuring both you and your auditor are keenly aware of critical issues for the assessment, such as the following: scope considerations, policy and documentation deficiencies, technical, security and operational challenges, and much more. When properly performed, a SOC 2 scoping & readiness assessment yields significant findings and valuable insight into a service organization’s internal control environment, which is exactly why we recommend them. 

2. SOC 2 Type 1 Audits: NDB offers SOC 2 Type 1 audits – assessments that are performed, and reported on, for a specific date, such as August 31, 20xx. While the benchmark for compliance is somewhat lower when compared to its reporting sibling – Type 2 audits – service organizations nevertheless need to have a baseline of internal controls in place, one complete with documented policies, procedures, and processes. As for testing the internal controls, that comes later with a SOC 2 Type 2 audit. Service organizations in North Carolina new to SOC 2 reporting are best served by beginning with a SOC 2 Type 1 audit in the first year, then moving forward in subsequent periods with a SOC 2 Type 2 audit.

3. SOC 2 Type 2 Audits: Many North Carolina businesses new to SOC 2 compliance often start out by performing a SOC 2 Type 1 assessment, thereby “graduating” to a SOC 2 Type 2 audit every year thereafter. Some businesses in fact go directly towards SOC 2 Type 2 audits, bypassing the Type 1 assessments, due largely do client demands for regulatory compliance reporting. NDB can assist in helping North Carolina service organizations get ready for both SOC 2 Type 1 and SOC 2 Type 2 audits, offering a wide-range of services and solutions, such as SOC 2 scoping & readiness assessments, policy and procedures writing, and much more. Again, if you’re new to the world of SOC 2 compliance, then the logical step is to begin with a Type 1 assessment, then moving forward with annual Type 2 assessments in subsequent years.

4. Remediation Solutions: Every business will undoubtedly have some time of remediation to perform on their control environment – how much – that depends on the overall maturity of an organization’s internal controls. Some businesses have marginal remediation to perform, but others have meaningful amounts of work to do. You simply don’t know the answers until you’ve thoroughly examined one’s internal control environment, hence the reason for a SOC 2 scoping & readiness assessment by NDB. Knowing that control deficiencies exist, how to prioritize and correct such issues, and more, is an important element of the SOC 2 auditing process.

5. Policies and Procedures Writing: Probably one of the most tedious, demanding, and time-consuming aspects of SOC 2 compliance for any business is developing all the necessary policies, procedures, and processes. It can be incredibly taxing also – both in terms of operational manpower and dollars – and it’s why North Carolina businesses seeking to become SOC 2 compliant are turning to NDB, as we offer a complimentary SOC 2 Policy Packet filled with hundreds of pages of information security policies, procedures, forms, and more. We take the bite out of policy development, saving you thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours.

6. Continuous Monitoring Activities: While the actual SOC 2 assessment is an important component of one’s internal control activities, the real validity of an organization’s daily I.T. and operational policies, procedures, and processes happens when the auditors are gone. Specifically, businesses need to take the time and effort in assessing, monitoring, and correcting – if necessary – their own internal controls, which begins by putting in place “continuous monitoring” initiatives. NDB offers all the essential forms and checklists for institutionalizing such monitoring activities, so contact us today to get started.

7. PCI DSS Compliance: One of the largest – and most-time consuming mandates – facing North Carolina businesses is that of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) requirements. Specifically, both merchants and service providers all throughout North Carolina are having to spend considerable time and efforts in becoming PCI DSS compliant. NDB is one of North America’s leading providers of PCI DSS services, offering policy writing, remediation services, SAQ assistance, along with Level 1 onsite audits. 

8. HIPAA Compliance: NDB also offers comprehensive HIPAA compliance services & audits for North Carolina Covered Entities (CE) and Business Associates (BA). The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires a massive amount of documentation – policies, procedures, and processes – to be in place for both the HIPAA Security Rule and the HIPAA Privacy Rule. NDB has performed numerous HIPAA assessments for businesses throughout the Carolinas, so contact Charles Denyer today at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 705, or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. now. From HIPAA readiness assessments to policy writing, audit services, and more, NDB is the total HIPAA solution provider for North Carolina healthcare companies.

9. Why Choose NDB: We’ve been a household name in the Carolinas for years, offering high-quality, fixed-fee assessments for a wide-range of regulatory compliance services. Whatever your compliance mandates are – SSAE 16 SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, HIPAA/HITRUST, PCI DSS, GLBA, and more – we’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you every step of the way. We offer numerous support services, ranging from scoping & readiness assessments to policy writing – and more – all geared for ensuring an efficient and cost-effective auditing process from day one. Compliance isn’t fun, we get it, luckily, NDB can make it an easy pill to swallow.

10. Next Steps: Whatever your growing regulatory compliance needs are – SSAE 16 SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, HIPAA/HITRUST, PCI DSS, GLBA compliance, and more – NDB Is here to help businesses in North Carolina become compliant – quickly, comprehensively, and cost-effectively. We offer a wide variety of services for helping businesses throughout all phases of regulatory compliance, from scoping & readiness assessment to the actual audits, and much more. Look at NDB as your one-stop shop for everything related to compliance. If it has to do with any number of the alphabet soup compliance mandates in today’s world, NDB has North Carolina businesses covered.

SOC 2 Compliance Audits & Reports North Carolina | Raleigh & Charlotte, NC

When it comes to professional compliance services from a trusted firm with deep roots in North Carolina, turn to the experts at NDB, providers of the following services:

We’re the total provider of regulatory compliance services for North Carolina businesses, so contact us today to discuss your needs. NDB offers fixed fees and superior services, so let’s talk today.

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SOC 2 compliance audits & reports for Atlanta, Georgia businesses are offered by the regulatory compliance experts at NDB Accountants & Consultants, LLP. As Atlanta’s unquestioned leading provider of third-party assessments for more than a decade, NDB offers proven solutions with fixed-fee pricing, so speak with CPA Christopher Nickell today at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706. Today’s growing mandates for businesses are centering around the need for ensuring the safety and security of confidential and highly sensitive client data, much of it now in the broader context as Personally Identifiable Information – PHI. From data centers to SaaS vendors – and more – consumer data is everywhere, and it needs to be protected, and it’s one of the main reasons why SOC 2 compliance is fast becoming a must for service organizations throughout North America.

NDB offers the following services for SOC 2 compliance for Atlanta, Georgia businesses:

1. SOC 2 Readiness Assessments: Getting started on the right track for regulatory compliance means gaining a strong understanding of your internal control environment, what gaps and deficiencies exist, and what needs to be done for correcting such issues. This is exactly what you’ll receive when performing a SOC 2 readiness assessment with NDB. You need to know the scope of your audit, what personnel are going to be involved, what facilities are going to be visited, what third-party entities are in-scope, what types of remediation is necessary, and more. And it’s why businesses all throughout Atlanta, GA turn to the regulatory compliance experts at NDB, and so should you. Contact CPA Christopher Nickell today at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706, or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about SOC 2 compliance.

2. Policy and Procedure Writing: Drafting information security policies can be incredibly time-consuming and exhausting indeed, but with NDB you’ve got two great options. First, we can author them for you in a cost-effective manner, or you can simply use our high-quality templates and write them yourself. Either options provide a great cost savings to high-priced policy writing consultants. Documentation is a large – yet often overlooked component – of regulatory compliance, particularly with SOC 2 audits, so talk to the experts today at NDB.

3. Technical Remediation: Many times, internal controls also need remediation from a technical perspective. For example, password parameters may need to be strengthened, firewall rules may need to be more tightly configured, and more. These are just a few of the many areas where technical remediation may need to take place, and NDB can provide services – personnel independent from the actual SOC 2 audit – in helping undertake all necessary remediation. It’s just one of the many reasons why service organizations choose NDB over other firms. Contact CPA Christopher Nickell today at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706, or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about SOC 2 compliance.

4. SOC 2 Type 1 and SOC 2 Type 2 Reporting: NDB offers both SOC 2 Type 1 and SOC 2 Type 2 reporting for Atlanta businesses, along with all the necessary services for getting properly prepared for such an audit, such as a SOC 2 readiness assessment, policy and procedure writing services, remediation solutions, continuous monitoring after the reports have been issued, and much more. Businesses in the Atlanta, GA area are turning to NDB – and for good reason – so contact us today and let us know how we can help assist with your SOC 2 reporting efforts. NDB also offers SSAE 16 SOC 1, PCI DSS, HIPAA, GLBA, and other compliance services as necessary.

5. Continuous Monitoring for Compliance: One of the most important element for ensuring continued success of annual SOC 2 assessments – along with having a secure internal control environment – is to perform continuous monitoring efforts. Specifically, it’s about monitoring your policies, procedures, and processes – on a regular basis – not just once a year right before the audit. After all, what value are you really providing to your organization if you only assess your internal controls once a year, just prior to the SOC 2 audit? Not much, and it’s why NDB offers continuous monitoring services, so contact us today to learn more.

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SOC 2 compliance audits & reports for Denver, Colorado service organizations are now immediately available from North America’s leading Service Organization Control (SOC) experts on SOC 1, SOC 2, and SOC 3 reporting, and that’s NDB Accountants & Consultants, LLP (NDB). Today’s complex business environment is placing heavy security mandates on thousands of businesses throughout the country, with SOC 2 often becoming the go to de facto assessment standard.

With a proven audit methodology that results in a highly efficient SOC 2 process from beginning to end, NDB can help Colorado businesses save hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars on annual regulatory compliance costs. What you need is a quick primer on the entire SOC 2 process, so take note of the following points below, provided by North America’s leading provider of SOC 1 and SOC 2 audits – NDB:

SOC 2 Compliance Audits & Reports Denver, Colorado
Get Ready: “Getting ready” effectively means performing a SOC 2 compliance readiness assessment, a brief, yet in-depth engagement that evaluates a service organization’s internal control as it relates to information security and operational policies, procedures and processes. Look, you don’t dive right into a SOC 2 assessment – especially if your organization is completely new to auditing – and it’s why a SOC 2 readiness assessment is highly essential. Determining gaps, weaknesses, and deficiencies prior to the audit is the key for a successful SOC 2 assessment, and it’s why a readiness assessment is a must.

Assess TSP’s: Remember that there are five (5) Trust Services Principles (TSP) to pick and choose from regarding a SOC 2 audit. While some companies choose to audit against all five, others only choose a few, with many service organizations also opting just for the “Security” TSP. Which of the TSP’s should your business assess against and why? Call and speak with Christopher G. Nickell, CPA, at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706 to get the answers you need. From client requirements to market expectations, there’s much to consider when determining scope and the applicable TSP’s.

Remediate: Most service organizations will find that marginal to significant remediation will be necessary from both an operational and information security perspective. More specifically, policies and procedures need to be developed, implemented, and followed, and it’s documentation that typically is the most time-consuming aspect of SOC 2 compliance. NDB provides a comprehensive SOC 2 Policy Packet to our valued clients for helping save time and money with regulatory compliance.

Auditing: It may seem like a dreaded word, but “auditing” done the NDB way is efficient, comprehensive, and flexible. As industry leading providers of SOC 2 compliance for many years, we’ve developed a methodology that’s incredibly easy-to-follow, one that greatly minimizes any business interruption for our clients. Don’t fear auditing – not from NDB – we’ve got you covered with a process that works well! Just remember that you’ll be providing various documents for purposes of SOC 2 compliance evidence, such as screenshots, memos, configuration files, and much more.

Report Preparation: The final SOC 2 report is generally known as the Service Auditor’s Report, a lengthy document containing all essential information relating to a service organization’s control environment. While the actual length of the report can greatly vary from one CPA firm to another, they all will contain similar information, such as the description of the “system”, managements’ assertion, user control considerations, and other vital subject matter.

SOC 2 Compliance Audits & Reports Denver, Colorado
When it comes to fixed fees, great service, and high-quality work, trust the regulatory compliance experts at NDB, providers of SOC 2 compliance audits & reports for the entire Denver metropolitan area. We’ve been working with Colorado businesses for years, so contact us today to learn more about NDB’s fixed-fee pricing for SOC 2 audits. We also provide SOC 1, SOC 3, PCI DSS, HIPAA, FISMA, and ISO 27000 compliance services, and much more.

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SOC 2 compliance audits & reports for Orange County businesses – and all other areas throughout Southern California – are provided by the nation’s premier regulatory compliance assessors at NDB Accountants & Consultants, LLP (NDB). With a large and ever-expanding presence in Orange County and all throughout California, NDB offers cost-effective, fixed-fee pricing for today’s demanding regulatory compliance assessments, such as SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, PCI DSS, and more.

SOC 2 Compliance Audits & Reports Orange County | Southern California
Are you a business in the Southern California area, such as San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles and need SOC 2 compliance assistance – if so – contact the regulatory professionals today at NDB, while also taking note of the following roadmap for a successful SOC 2 audit:

1. Get Ready: Getting ready and prepared for a SOC 2 assessment means performing an annual readiness assessment, and especially for Southern California businesses that are new to regulatory compliance. A properly conducted SOC 2 readiness assessment yields significant value and findings for ensuring the overall audit process is a success, as NDB examines all aspects of a service organization’s internal control environment. From policies and procedures to operational functions, understanding every element of one’s controls is essential for SOC 2 auditing success.

2. Assess TSP’s: It’s important to learn, understand, and ultimately identify which of the five AICPA Trust Services Principles will be included for SOC 2 reporting. As for what are the TSPs – look at each of them as different stand-alone criteria requirements for reporting on a service organization’s internal controls – for which they are the following: Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, and Privacy. There’s much to debate as to which TSP’s a service organization should opt for regarding SOC 2 reporting, so speak with NDB by calling Christopher Nickell, CPA, at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706.

3. Remediate: Every service organization has something that needs to be corrected and improved upon prior to an actual SOC 2 compliance audit, and it’s why remediation is one of the most important steps any California business can undertake. What’s more, documentation is generally the biggest area for improvement as companies fail to recognize the importance of policies and procedures for regulatory compliance. NDB offers a comprehensive SOC 2 Policy Packet for helping California service organizations develop all necessary policy documentation, and it’s complimentary to all of our clients.

Along with documentation, SOC 2 remediation often requires changes and enhancements to system configuration, such as stronger passwords, increased firewall security settings, and more. It’s thus important to remember that remediation often goes above and beyond documentation – specifically – service organizations need to implement the policies for ensuring they then become actual “procedures”. From change control to access rights – and numerous other security practices – you can and should expect a list of remediation initiatives to take place.

4. Auditing: Up next is the actual audit – a process that includes auditors requesting numerous documents for compliance, such as policies and procedures, screenshots from system settings, and much more. Many service organizations actually disdain the SOC 2 compliance auditing process because of past audit stories. Thankfully, NDB has put in place a highly efficient and comprehensive process that’s been perfected over the years, one that includes the use of various tools and supporting services.

5. Report Preparation: The final SOC compliance report is officially known as a Service Auditor’s Report, a lengthy document that includes a description of the service organization’s system, a written statement of assertion by management, along with other essential data. Furthermore, it’s a report that is generally restricted to select parties, much like an SSAE 16 SOC 1 audit, and must therefore be safeguarded accordingly. The reports can also vary in size, from as little as 25 pages to as large as 100 pages, or more, just depending on various SOC 2 compliance parameters.

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NDB has been working up and down the Golden State coastline for years, helping service organizations become compliant with today’s demanding and time-consuming regulations. From San Diego to Orange County, Sacramento – and beyond – turn to the California regulatory compliance experts for SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, HIPAA, PCI DSS, FISMA compliance, and more.

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Are you a business in South Carolina and looking for a high-quality, industry leading professional CPA firm to conduct a SOC 2 Type 2 compliance audit & report for your organization? Then look to the regulatory compliance leaders in South Carolina – and that’s NDB – the preferred choice for businesses all throughout the Palmetto State. Throughout Columbia, Charleston, Greenville – and beyond – NDB is the leading provider for SOC 2 audits for South Carolina businesses – so call and speak with Christopher Nickell, CPA, today at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706, or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about NDB’s SOC 2 services for South Carolina businesses.

We’ve also provided a helpful list of the following topics associated with SOC 2 reporting for helping you gain a greater understanding of the entire SOC 2 auditing process from beginning to end:

SOC 1 vs. SOC 2: There’s a “healthy” debate that always seems to surface when service organizations are deciding on which assessment to undertake – SOC 1 (which is also known as SSAE 16), or SOC 2 assessments – and it’s a good discussion to have. Just remember that SOC 1 reporting is for service organizations exhibiting a true relationship to the ICFR component, known as “Internal Controls over Financial Reporting”. SOC 2, however, is geared towards technology companies, such as SaaS vendors, data center, and others.

Get to Know the TSPs: The TSP’s are essentially the “Trust Services Principles” – the five (5) criteria based elements that form the basis for assessing and testing a service organization’s internal controls for purposes of SOC 2 reporting. They’re each unique, and they contain specific criteria relating to a service organization’s ability to validate information security, operational, and infrastructure policies, procedures, and processes. Specifically, the five (5) TSP’s are the following: (1).Security. (2).Availability. (3). Processing Integrity. (4). Confidentiality. (5). Privacy.

Define the Business Process: What’s the “business process”, it’s the actual services you are providing that need to be examined for purposes of SOC 2 compliance. This ultimately brings in the issue of “scope” – specifically – what products, services are we/should be included within the boundaries of a SOC 2 Type 1 or SOC 2 Type 2 assessment? It’s a good question, so ask yourself the following:

• What are our client’s demands and expectations for SOC 2 reporting?
• What other market drivers are present that we need to be aware of?
• Are there any specific internal controls that we should be testing for as a best practice for our company

These questions – and others – help form the basis for determining the actual business process for SOC 2 audits for South Carolina businesses.

Know that Remediation is Essential: Service organizations will no doubt have some type of remediation to undertake – from developing additional policies to making system configuration changes, and more – so it’s important to plan accordingly for such activities. It means more operational man-hours will be needed for ensuring all remediation activities are successfully completed.

Policies and Procedures are Critical: Documentation is one of the most important mandates when it comes to SOC 2 compliance, no question about it. Information security, operational, and infrastructure policies and procedures need to be in place, and developing such material can be incredibly time-consuming and exhausting, and it’s why NDB also provides a comprehensive SOC 2 Policy Packet to clients.

Compliance is here to stay: The days of regulatory compliance are not withering away – quite the opposite – as society continues to usher into the digital age, more legislation will be pushed out from state legislatures, the halls of Congress, and by industry advocates. It means now’s the time to seek out a highly professional, well-skilled firm capable of offering a multitude of compliance services, from SOC 2 readiness assessments to SSAE 16 SOC 1 audits, PCI DSS assessments, HIPAA compliance, and so much more. That firm is NDB, so contact Christopher Nickell, CPA, today at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about NDB’s SOC 2 services for South Carolina businesses.

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NDB provides comprehensive SOC 2 Type 2 compliance audits and reporting for businesses all throughout Orange County, CA, along with Los Angles, San Diego, and all other SoCal regions. With expertise second-to-none, a nationally recognized name, and highly competitive, fixed fee pricing, NDB is the preferred choice for regulatory compliance services in California. We also offer numerous supporting tools for SOC 2 audits, such as industry leading information security policies and procedures, system hardening checklists, operational templates, and so much more. Going above and beyond in helping clients meet SOC 2 compliance – efficiently and cost-effectively – is what we do. Call and speak with Christopher G. Nickell, CPA at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706 today, or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more.

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In need of a SOC 2 Type 1 or a SOC 2 Type 2 compliance audit report for today’s growing regulatory compliance mandates? Then turn to the experts in Orange County, CA by speaking to NDB, one of the nation’s leading providers of SOC 2 assessments. You’ll want to become educated on the technical merits of SOC 2 audits – and the overall AICPA SOC framework – so take note of the following critical subject matter, courtesy of NDB Accountants & Consultants, LLP:

SOC 1 vs. SOC 2: It’s important to choose the correct audit, which means assessing the SOC 1 vs. SOC 2 landscape and determining which reporting option is right for your business. SSAE 16 SOC 1 reports are for service organizations offering services that impact a client’s financials, while SOC 2 assessments are for technology organizations, for which there seems to be an endless number of them in today’s digital economy. SOC 1 and SOC 2 are different – but also share similarities – mainly, the ability to assess one’s internal control environment. 

Perform a Readiness Assessment: That’s right, it’s critical to begin the actual SOC 2 process by performing a simple and relatively straightforward readiness assessment for evaluating one’s internal control posture.

Documentation is Critical for SOC 2: Guess what every regulatory compliance mandate today has in common – from HIPAA to FISMA, PCI DSS, and SOC 1 and SOC 2 – the need for comprehensive policies and procedures – and it’s why businesses turn to NDB as we offer easy-to-use templates for helping ensure rapid and complete compliance with the AICPA SOC 2 assessment framework. Developing essential compliance documents can be incredibly time-consuming, but with NDB’s templates, it’s easier than ever!

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Want a highly efficient and cost-effective solution for today’s demanding SOC 2 compliance reporting needs for Orange County businesses – contact the SOC experts today at NDB by speaking with CPA Chris Nickell at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706. Chris will take the time to thoroughly explain the SOC 2 process from beginning to end, what’s involved, what you can expect from NDB, and much more.

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NDB Accountants & Consultants (NDB) provides fixed fee SOC 2 compliance reports and assessments for businesses all throughout Oklahoma, including OKC, Tulsa, and many other regions. With today’s growing regulatory compliance mandates, Oklahoma businesses are now being required by clients, regulators, and other relevant parties to undertake annual SOC 2 compliance, which can be a time-consuming and expensive proposition.

There’s risks everywhere in business today, and it’s why more and more Oklahoma businesses are being required to become SOC 2 compliant, and it’s also a good idea to reach out to the proven and trusted experts today at NDB by contacting Christopher G. Nickell, CPA, at 1-800-277-54515, ext. 706, or emailing him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . As for preparing for a SOC 2 audits, it’s important to consider undertaking a SOC 2 readiness assessment – a highly useful engagement that helps deliver true value to any service organization in the following ways:

1. Assessing Scope: Scope “creep” can be very common in SOC 2 audits, ultimately causing price increases and headaches for everyone, so it’s important to clearly assess, identify, examine, and agree upon scope before the SOC 2 audit begins.

2. Internal Control Evaluation: Successful SOC 2 compliance is about evaluating one’s internal control environment – the documented policies, procedures, and processes for which companies operate on a daily basis. Sure, companies are really good at what they do from a business perspective – or they wouldn’t be in business – but they also loathe putting in place all necessary documentation and supporting internal controls.

Because of this, the NDB SOC 2 readiness assessment process helps effectively identify all gaps, such as missing policies and procedures, along with internal control processes that need strengthening. It’s a win-win scenario when undertaking a SOC 2 readiness assessment and working with NDB, so contact Christopher G. Nickell, CPA, at 1-800-277-54515, ext. 706 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Regulatory compliance can be an expensive, time-consuming proposition – no question about it – and it’s why businesses in Oklahoma can turn to the proven and trusted experts at NDB today for competitively priced, high-quality SOC 2 compliance audits. Technology is rapidly changing the world, and with that comes massive responsibilities for ensuring the safety and security of highly sensitive data, which is one primary reason the growth in SOC 2 compliance audits has been so large.

It’s also important to remember that documentation – specifically, information security policies and procedures – plays a huge role in SOC 2 audits, and it’s why every NDB client receives a complimentary SOC 2 Policy Packet containing hundreds of pages and dozens of professionally developed information security policies, procedures, forms and other essential material for helping ensure rapid compliance. It’s just another reason why Oklahoma businesses choose NDB.

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If you’re a service organization in Oklahoma City, Tulsa – or anywhere in the Sooner Land – give the experts at NDB a call today by speaking with Christopher G. Nickell, CPA, at 1-800-277-54515, ext. 706 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . SOC 2 compliance assessments are the “new norm” in the world of regulatory compliance, so talk to the experts today at ND for a competitively priced, high-quality assessment.

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NDB Accountants & Consultants (NDB) provides fixed fee SOC 2 compliance reports and assessments to service organizations in and throughout the Raleigh | Durham, North Carolina area, and the entire encompassing Research Triangle. North Carolina businesses performing critical services for other companies are now being required to undertake annual SOC 2 compliance, so talk to the experts today at NDB for competitively priced, fixed fee SOC 2 Type 1 and SOC 2 Type 2 assessments.

SOC 2 Compliance Audits & Reports Raleigh | Durham North Carolina | Fixed Fees
Looking for a firm with years of experience in the Raleigh Durham, North Carolina area, a company that has vast knowledge and expertise in almost every type of regulatory compliance mandate – such as SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, PCI DSS, HIPAA, FISMA, and more – then get to know the professionals at NDB today by contacting Christopher Nickell, CPA, at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706, or emailing him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Let’s be honest, nobody really enjoys the challenges and time commitments that come along with regulatory compliance – it’s often laborious and mundane, but it’s got to be done – and it’s why NDB has developed in incredibly efficient, cost-effective, fixed-fee pricing model that ensures your SSAE 16 SOC 1 is completed on time and on budget. We don’t believe in scope creep, cost overruns, and all the other talked about audit nightmares – just efficiency and quality is what NDB is all about.

SOC 2 Compliance Audits & Reports Raleigh | Durham North Carolina | Fixed Fees
First and foremost, North Carolina businesses new to SOC 2 compliance are highly recommended to go through an initial readiness assessment for helping determine audit scope, gaps and weaknesses within ones’ control environment, along with any other significant issues. SOC 2 compliance can be complex, so jumping in head first – as the old saying goes – is not recommended. You need a proven, trust partner – such as NDB – one who can provide guidance and insight for ensuring a successful SOC 2 audit from day one.

“So what do our company receive from a readiness assessment from NDB” is the question we’re often asked – good question – as we provide the following:

  • Internal Control Analysis
  • Policy and Procedures Assessment
  • Security Best Practices Evaluation
  • List of documented “Action Items”
  • SOC 2 Preparedness – guaranteed: Want to complete a SOC 2 assessment on time, on budget, then conducting a SOC 2 readiness assessment with NDB – especially for service organizations new to SOC reporting – is highly recommended.

Preparing for long-term regulatory compliance mandates – such as SOC 2 compliance for North Carolina businesses – means undertaking an initial readiness assessment, and also working with a firm that’s a household name throughout the Carolinas, and that’s NDB. With annual SOC 2 mandates for businesses now being the “new norm”, it’s imperative that Raleigh | Durham, North Carolina service organization partner with a trusted name, a firm that provides fixed-fees and exceptional quality, and that’s NDB. Call Christopher Nickell, CPA, at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706, or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about NDB's SOC 2 compliance audits for Raleigh | Durham North Carolina businesses.

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NDB Accountants & Consultants (NDB) provides comprehensive SOC 2 compliance audits & reports – both SOC 2 Type 1 and SOC 2 Type 2 – to San Francisco and Bay area businesses requiring annual assessments. With the increased growth in technology – and outsourcing – businesses today are being required to undertake yearly SOC 2 assessments, for which NDB provides high-quality, fixed fee pricing. NDB has a proven track record of helping California businesses meet today’s growing regulatory compliance mandates, such as SSAE 16 SOC 1 compliance, SOC 2, SOC 3, PCI DSS, HIPAA, FISMA, and many other industry mandates. From San Diego to the Bay Area, we provide high-quality, efficient audit processes from beginning to end, so contact Christopher Nickell today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more.

SOC 2 Compliance Audits & Reports San Francisco | Bay Area | Fixed Fees
Technology businesses in the Bay Area – such as data centers, Software as a Service (SaaS) organizations, cloud computing vendors, managed services providers, and more – are now being required to undergo annual compliance audits against the SOC 2 standard. While the SSAE 16 SOC 1 reporting option is also allowable – and used – technology minded entities generally gain greater value when undertaking SOC 2 compliance, as the framework itself has been tailored toward the information security arena.

SOC 2 Compliance for San Francisco and Bay Area | Determining Scope is Essential
One of the first initiatives any organization needs to undertake regarding SOC 2 compliance is determining scope – but more important – which of the following five (5) Trust Services Principles (TSP) are going to be included for inquiring – and possibly testing – for the SOC 2 audit itself:

  • Security
  • Availability
  • Confidentiality
  • Processing Integrity
  • Privacy

As for the first four (4) Trust Services Principles, they are essentially grouped together by criteria applicable to four principles via the following seven categories (whereas the Privacy Principle has its own stand-alone requirements:

  1. Organization and management
  2. Communications
  3. Risk management and design and implementation of controls
  4. Monitoring of controls
  5. Logical and physical access controls
  6. System operations
  7. Change management

What’s also important to note is the need for documented information security policies and procedures for SOC 2 compliance – that’s right, it’s actually one of the most important elements for ensuring a successful and efficient audit process. NDB provides SOC 2 specific policies and procedures that greatly assist in the overall audit process, one that save businesses hundreds of operational man-hours. It’s just another example of what separates our SOC 2 compliance services for California businesses when compared to other providers in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

There’s risks everywhere in business today, and it’s why more and more California businesses are being required to become SOC 2 compliant, and it’s also a good idea to reach out to the proven and trusted experts today at NDB by contacting Christopher G. Nickell, CPA, at 1-800-277-54515, ext. 706., or emailing him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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SOC 2 compliance audits & reports for Los Angeles, Southern California, and Orange County businesses are available from NDB Accountants & Consultants (NDB), North America’s leading provider of regulatory audits. With increasing compliance requirements being placed on Southern California businesses, turn to the experts at NDB who’ve been helping service organizations for more than a decade with high-quality, cost-effective regulatory compliance assessments. Nobody likes spending hundreds of hours on operationally taxing audits – we more than understand – and it’s why NDB has developed an efficient, scalable, and easy-to-implement SOC 2 audit process from beginning to end.

SOC 2 compliance audits & reports for Los Angeles, Southern California, Orange County service organizations from NDB include the following services:

• SOC 2 readiness assessments and gap analysis findings for helping prepare and properly plan for an efficient and comprehensive audit.
• Information security policies and procedures packets containing all the essential documentation for SOC 2 compliance.
• Fixed Fee SOC 2 assessments for both SOC 2 Type 1 and SOC 2 Type 2 reporting.
• Comprehensive risk assessment document and security awareness training material for helping meet the rigorous mandates of the AICPA SOC 2 Trust Services Principles (TSP) framework.
• Auditors and cyber security specialists with years of experience working with technology firms all throughout California, from San Diego to San Francisco, and beyond the Golden State borders.

SOC 2 Compliance Audits & Reports Los Angeles, Southern California, Orange County
Compliance can be tricky, challenging and incredibly stressful – no question about it – so turning to the Southern California/Orange County compliance experts at NDB is a step in the right direction. From SOC 2 Readiness Assessments to SOC 1 and SOC 2 Type 1 & Type 2 reports, NDB provides a wealth of compliance services, all at competitively priced, fixed fees. It’s also important to remember that one of the most taxing and time-consuming aspects of SOC 2 reporting are policies and procedures – comprehensive documentation that must be in place for ensuring successful compliance, and NDB has you covered in this critical area. Specifically, we offer a wealth of information security policies and procedures templates for ensuring all minimum baseline documentation is in place, and it’s also one of the biggest differentiators between NDB and other firms.

SOC 2 Compliance Audits & Reports Los Angeles, Southern California, Orange County
Ready to complete your annual SOC 2 compliance report in a timely and efficient manner, if so, than contact the compliance experts today at NDB by contacting Christopher G. Nickell, CPA, at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706 today or emailing him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Audits can be tough, demanding and expensive – but they don’t have to be – all that’s needed is the expertise of a proven and trusted firm in California, that’s NDB, so let’s talk.

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Call the San Diego, California SOC 2 compliance audit experts today at NDB Accountants & Consultants (NDB) for fixed-fee pricing for Type 1 and Type 2 assessments. As one of the country’s true hotbeds for biotechnology and other information technology industries, San Diego is back in the driver’s seat in leading California into the new digital age. With great promises and rewards also comes great risks and liabilities, hence, the need for comprehensive SOC 2 audits for many of San Diego’s technology organizations.

Learn more about NDB's complimentary SOC 1 Policy Packet and SOC 2 Policy PacketsIt truly makes a big difference in helping you save thousands of dollars on SOC compliance.

SOC 2 Compliance Audits & Reports San Diego, CA | Fixed Fees
NDB has been providing professional regulatory compliance services for Southern California businesses for years, starting with the original SAS 70 auditing standard issued back in April, 1992. Since then, we’ve become a household name in California, working up and down the coast in offering the very best compliance services, such as SOC 1 SSAE 16 assessments, SOC 2 reporting, PCI DSS compliance, along with HIPAA, FISMA, and NIST compliance, and so much more.
SOC 2 compliance audits & reports for San Diego, CA businesses from NDB include the following services:

  • SOC 2 readiness assessments and gap analysis findings for helping prepare and properly plan for an efficient and comprehensive audit.
  • Information security policies and procedures packets containing all the essential documentation for SOC 2 compliance.
  • Fixed Fee SOC 2 assessments for both SOC 2 Type 1 and SOC 2 Type 2 reporting.
  • Comprehensive risk assessment document and security awareness training material for helping meet the rigorous mandates of the AICPA SOC 2 Trust Services Principles (TSP) framework.
  • Auditors and cyber security specialists with years of experience working with technology firms all throughout California, from San Diego to San Francisco, and beyond the Golden State borders.

SOC 2 Compliance Audits & Reports San Diego, CA | Fixed Fees
Seeking to obtain a fixed fee for SOC 2 compliance from proven and trusted auditors with years of experience, then call the San Diego SOC 2 assessors today at NDB. Call and speak directly with Chris Nickell at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706, or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . SOC 2 compliance can be a challenging endeavor, but with the comprehensive tools and support mechanisms offered by NDB, compliance just became that much easier. Learn more about SOC 2 compliance today by visiting ssae16.org, where an abundance of information is provided on both SOC 1 and SOC 2 assessments.

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As one of the leading providers of SOC 2 audits for businesses in the buckeye state of Ohio, NDB Accountants & Consultants (NDB) personnel offer industry leading, high-quality SOC 1, SOC 2, and SOC 2 audits for service organizations located in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland. SOC 2 audits for Ohio businesses are becoming a mandate in today’s growing world of regulatory compliance, so turn to the experts at NDB today for nationally recognized services, all at a fixed fee price. Not only is the Buckeye State home to many of our employees, we’ve been hard at work for many years helping various organizations throughout the state of Ohio with any number of regulatory compliance issues and challenges. From policy and procedure development to conducting SOC 2 audits, Ohio businesses can look to NDB for quality audits at competitive rates.  

Notable SOC 2 services from NDB for Ohio businesses include the following:

  • Competitively priced, fixed-fee SOC 2 audits from experienced personnel.
  • In-depth SOC 2 Readiness Assessments for all industries and sectors.
  • Complimentary SOC 2 policies and procedures including numerous information security policies, forms, checklists, templates, and other essential material.
  • Fixed fee engagement for both SOC 2 Type 1 and SOC 2 Type 2 assessments, while also being performed by information security professionals with years of auditing expertise.

Businesses in Ohio can now turn to the industry leading SOC 2 compliance experts at NDB, so call Christopher Nickell today at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . With so many pressing regulatory compliance mandates being forced upon businesses today, it’s time to work with a proven, trusted provider in Ohio that offers competitively priced SOC 2 assessments, along with a large number of related services, such as PCI DSS and HIPAA reporting, and much more. Learn more about NDB's complimentary SOC 1 Policy Packet and SOC 2 Policy PacketsIt truly makes a big difference in helping you save thousands of dollars on SOC compliance.

SOC 2 Audits Ohio | Cincinnati | Columbus | Cleveland | Fixed Fees
In today’s rapidly changing world of regulatory compliance, Ohio businesses can rely on the professional, fixed-fee services from one of North America’s most experienced SOC 2 auditing firms – NDB Accountants & Consultants, LLP. Call Christopher Nickell today at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about SOC 2 audits for the Buckeye state. Remember something very important about regulatory compliance – policies and procedures are necessary for today’s growing regulations, and NDB’s Policy Packets save businesses hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars, so talk to the experts today about SOC 2 audits and other services we offer Ohio businesses.

SOC 2 Audits Ohio | Cincinnati | Columbus | Cleveland | Fixed Fees
Regulatory compliance mandates are continuing to grow for Ohio businesses, so now’s the time to work with a proven and trusted provider in the Buckeye state, and that’s NDB. Call Christopher Nickell today at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Information technology has completely transformed society – there’s no debating that – such as the early morning espresso machine that ingeniously pours the perfect cup of caffeine, to the complex computer software programs capable of processing literally millions of requests within microseconds, or less. It’s a great time to be alive, maybe even the best of times, suspiciously coined by Dickens, yet also possibly the worst of times if society fails to hear the sounding of the alarm, the drumbeat of an ominous wave of attacks never seen before in North America.  Forget about the front page stories of credit card breaches, social security numbers and medical records being lost and stolen, they’re just the tip of the iceberg of a much more dangerous and alarming issue.  Read the entire white paper authored by cyber security and national security expert Charles Denyer.

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As industry leading SSAE 16 professionals with years of auditing and regulatory compliance expertise, NDB Accountants & Consultants (NDB) offers comprehensive SOC 1, SOC 2, and SOC 3 reporting for today’s growing service organizations. As compliance experts who began reporting on controls for service organizations under the historical SAS 70 auditing standard, the SSAE 16 professionals at NDB...read more.

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Call the experts at NDB Accountants & Consultants for SSAE 16 Type 2 compliance guidance and expert recommendations for undertaking such an assessment in an efficient and cost-effective manner. SSAE 16 Type 2 compliance can be a challenge for many service organizations, so take note of the following four (4) important elements for SOC 1 SSAE 16 reporting:

1. Scope is Critical. It’s important to understand the boundaries of SSAE 16 Type 2 compliance – specifically - what people, policies, processes, and procedures are to be included in an audit of this type. With that said, it’s universally agreed upon by most CPA firms conducting such engagements that the following general controls should be included from a scope perspective, regardless of the business type, function, or location:

    • Executive tone
    • Human Resources
    • Change Management
    • Logical Security
    • Network Security
    • Computer Operations
    • Physical Security
    • Environmental Security

Additionally, the service organization’s “business process” should also be included within the scope of an SSAE 16 Type 2 compliance assessment. From payroll companies to trust and actuarial services, SSAE 16 Type 2 compliance assessments are generally geared towards businesses that exhibit internal controls over financial reporting – a concept known as ICFR. Lastly, don’t forget to confirm with your clients as to their demands and overall expectations of what’s include in a SSAE 16 Type 2 compliance report. Communication with all parties is extremely critical for ensuring the success of SSAE 16 audits.

2. Policies and Procedures are Essential. No matter what the regulatory compliance mandate is – from Sarbanes Oxley to HIPAA, PCI DSS, and even the SOC reporting framework – information security and operational policies and procedures are highly essential. Why, because auditors look for documentation to confirm various practices in place at companies, and that’s exactly what’s needed for SOC 2 compliance. Thankfully, NDB offers a complimentary SOC 2 SSAE 16 and/or SOC 2 Policy Packet for every client we work with. It’s an invaluable set of high-quality, professionally developed templates that have been researched by and authored by regulatory compliance experts with years of I.T. and operational experience. There’s no need to spend hundreds of hours on policy templates, the hard work has already been done by NDB.  Learn more about NDB's complimentary SOC 1 Policy Packet and SOC 2 Policy PacketsIt truly makes a big difference in helping you save thousands of dollars on SOC compliance.

3. The focus “should” be on ICFR. Internal Controls over Financial Reporting (ICFR) is the basis for what an SSAE 16 Type 2 compliance report should be premised on. After all, the SSAE 16 professional standard is technically geared towards service organizations (i.e., banks, TPA’s, etc.) exhibiting a true nexus with financial controls. We at NDB preface “should” because there are numerous technology oriented businesses that are still undertaking SSAE 16 Type 2 compliance when they’re technically a much better fit for the AICPA SOC 2 framework. Call it politics or familiarity with the SSAE 16 standard, whatever it is, service organizations are slowly waking up and educating themselves as to which report they need - SOC 1, SOC 2 or perhaps even SOC 3.

4. It’s an annual commitment. Welcome to regulatory compliance where businesses all throughout North America – and the globe – are being required to undertake annual SSAE 16 Type 2 compliance audits. It’s only the beginning as more and more legislation and industry mandates keep coming like a freight train with literally no brakes to stop them. It means that YOU as a business need to plan and understand the long-term ramifications and considerations of regulatory compliance. It means being proactive about finding a professional services firm that offers competitive, fixed-fees, high-quality staff, and that can deliver a wide-range of compliance offerings, such as SOC 2, but also PCI DSS compliance, HIPAA, and more.

Call and speak directly with Christopher Nickell, CPA, at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706 to discuss your SSAE 16 Type 2 compliance needs, along with any other compliance mandates, such as SOC 2, SOC 3, HIPAA, and PCI DSS compliance. Chris can also be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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NDB Accountants & Consultants (NDB) offers industry leading SOC 2 reports for Canada service organizations seeking to comply with the AICPA Service Organization Control (SOC) reporting framework. In joint collaboration with the Chartered Accountants of Canada (CICA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) developed the Trust Services Principles, which are an integral component of SOC 2 reports. More specifically, the TSP’s are criteria based provisions that consist of the following:

  • The security of a service organization's system.
  • The availability of a service organization's system.
  • The processing integrity of a service organization's system.
  • The confidentiality of the information that the service organization's system processes or maintains for user entities.
  • The privacy of personal information that the service organization collects, uses, retains, discloses, and disposes of for user entities.

Moreover, included within the TSP’s are the following 7 areas:

  1. Organization and management
  2. Communications
  3. Risk management and implementation of controls
  4. Monitoring of controls
  5. Logical and physical access controls
  6. System operations, and
  7. Change management

So take note of the following important points regarding SOC 2 reports in Canada, brought to you by NDB Accountants & Consultants – North America’s leading providers of SOC 2 compliance reporting:

  1. Understand Scope. There are essentially two (2) important scope considerations to think about regarding SOC 2 reports. First, what specific business processes and/or business platform will your company be including within the actual SOC 2 assessment. Second, which of the five Trust Services Principles will you include within your SOC 2 assessment – one, a few, or all of them? This can be somewhat confusing at first, but give Chris Nickell, CPA, a call at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706, and he’ll be glad to clarify and help you better understand these two important scope issues.
  2. Policies and Procedures are Critical. It’s extremely important to understand the need for comprehensive, well-written policies and procedures for SOC 2 compliance. When you look at the actual Trust Services Principles (TSP), much attention is given to the mandate of policies and procedures, both from an information security and operational perspective. And it’s why NDB offers a complimentary SOC 2 Policy Packet to every client we work with.  Learn more about NDB's data center expertise and the complimentary SOC 2 Policy Packets, along with our complimentary PCI DSS Policy Packets and also SOC 1 Policy Packets we provide to our clients for each enagement. It truly makes a difference for each audit!
  3. SOC 2 is vastly different than SOC 1. Though they are often clumped together as similar audits, there are considerable differences, the most important being that SOC 1 (which utilizes the SSAE 16 reporting standard) is generally geared towards internal controls over financial reporting (ICFR concept), while SOC 2 is primarily aimed at technology oriented service organizations (i.e., data centers, managed services providers, SaaS models, etc.).
  4. There are two (2) types of SOC 2 reports. Service organizations can obtain a SOC 2 Type 1 and/or a SOC 2 Type 2. So what’s the difference? A SOC 2 Type 1 is for reporting a service organizations’ controls for a “point in time”, a specific date, that is. As for a SOC 2 Type 2, it reports on a service organizations for a state time period, usually a six (6) month period. Most organizations new to SOC 2 reporting in Canada undertake a SOC 2 Type 1 the first year, followed by SOC 2 Type 2 reporting in subsequent years.
  5. Welcome to Regulatory Compliance. Once you begin the process of an initial SOC 2 report, it really becomes an annual process, so say hello to the world of regulatory compliance. It means finding a high-quality CPA firm to work with, one that offers a fixed-fee engagement for a multi-year commitment. After all, changing auditors year after year makes no sense at all, so call Chris Nickell, CPA at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706, or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
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NDB Accountants & Consultants (NDB) provides comprehensive SOC 2 Readiness assessment for Canada companies for helping ensure an efficient, scalable, and cost-effective SOC 2 audits. From Vancouver to St. Catharines, NDB has a well-known and well-recognized footprint with years of regulatory compliance expertise. Call and speak with CPA Christopher Nickell at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706 today, or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about SOC 2 readiness assessments for Canadian companies.

It’s also important that Canadian companies have a strong understanding of SOC 2 compliance, which means learning about the five (5) Trust Services Principles (TSP). More specifically, the TSP’s are criteria based provisions that consist of the following:

  • The security of a service organization's system.
  • The availability of a service organization's system.
  • The processing integrity of a service organization's system.
  • The confidentiality of the information that the service organization's system processes or maintains for user entities.
  • The privacy of personal information that the service organization collects, uses, retains, discloses, and disposes of for user entities.

Moreover, included within the TSP’s are the following 7 areas:

  1. Organization and management
  2. Communications
  3. Risk management and implementation of controls
  4. Monitoring of controls
  5. Logical and physical access controls
  6. System operations, and
  7. Change management

A SOC 2 readiness assessment is a highly efficient and cost-effective undertaking for ensuring Canadian service providers have all necessary policies, procedures, and processes in place – or can at least develop and implement them – for SOC 2 compliance. Call and speak directly with Christopher Nickell, CPA (1-800-277-5415, ext. 706, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) , to learn more about SOC 2 compliance, SOC 2 readiness assessments, and the numerous other regulatory compliance services offered by NDB Accountants and Consultants for businesses in Canada.  Learn more about NDB's SOC expertise and the complimentary SOC 2 Policy Packets, along with our SOC 1 Policy Packets we provide to our clients for each enagement. It truly makes a difference for each audit!

What’s vitally important to note regarding SOC 2 compliance for Canadian companies is the complimentary SOC 2 Policy Packet we provide to every company we work with. That’s right, you’ll receive dozens of industry leading, high-quality information security and operational policies, procedures, forms, checklists, and more, for helping achieve SOC 2 compliance rapidly. It’s just another reason why NDB is a true leader when it comes to North American SOC 2 compliance services.

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NDB offers industry leading HIPAA & HITECH security compliance audits and assessments for South Carolina Covered Entities (CE) and Business Associates (BA) seeking to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The Final Omnibus Rulings of January, 2013 essentially gave HIPAA true regulatory power enforcement, therefore it’s more important than ever to start putting in place documented HIPAA information security and operational policies, procedures, and other relevant initiatives.

As for becoming compliant with HIPAA, most organizations look to the Security Rule safeguards, which consist of the 164.308 Administrative Safeguards, 164.310 Physical Safeguards, and 164.312 Technical Safeguards.

Moreover, both Covered Entities (CE) and Business Associates (BA) also need to gain a sound understanding of the HIPAA Privacy Rule and Breach Notification provisions, as they’re also highly important for ensuring compliance mandates are being met. And much like the HIPAA Security Rule provisions, both the Privacy Rule and Breach Notification initiatives also call for numerous policies and procedures. As for the Privacy Rule, it puts forth numerous provisions relating to the concept of “uses and disclosure” of PHI for both Covered Entities and Business Associates, along with numerous other mandates. Learn more about NDB's HIPAA expertise and the complimentary HIPAA Policy Packets we provide to our clients.

It means that now’s the time for South Carolina Covered Entities (CE) and Business Associates (BA) to get serious about ensuring compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and it starts by calling Charles Denyer at NDB. Charles can be contacted at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 705, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . NDB has years of experience working with healthcare providers for helping ensure compliance with HIPAA, so now’s the time to seek the services of a proven and trusted expert like Charles Denyer. Call today at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 705.

HIPAA compliance can be an incredibly daunting, challenging, and time-consuming task, and it’s why it’s time to seek out experts who’ve been working with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) since 1996, and that’s NDB.

Learn more about NDB's HIPAA expertise and the complimentary HIPAA Policy Packets we provide to our clients.

 

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The HIPAA Security Rule for Business Associates is largely dependent upon putting in place comprehensive operational, business specific, and information security policies and procedures. Add to the fact of the pronouncement of the Final Omnibus Rulings in January, 2013, HIPAA compliance has now taken on a whole new level of seriousness and attention for Business Associates. One of the biggest changes is the expansion of the original definition of an actual Business Associate, which is now defined as the following:

“…a person or entity that creates, receives, maintains or transmits protected health information to perform certain functions or activities on behalf of a covered entity”. Additionally, the following three (3) different types of service providers are now specifically identified as business associates under the final rule:

1. Health information organizations, e-prescribing gateways, and other people or entities that provide data transmission services to a covered entity with respect to protected health information and that require access on a routine basis to such protected health information
2. People or entities that offer personal health records to one or more individuals on behalf of a covered entity
3. Subcontractors that create, receive, maintain or transmit protected health information on behalf of business associates

HIPAA Security Rule for Business Associates | It’s About Policies and Procedures 
It means that more and more companies are being swept up and into the HIPAA regulatory compliance framework, which also means putting in place dozens of comprehensive operational, business specific, and information security policies and procedures. If you look at the actual HIPAA Security Rule, which is contained in sections §164.302 through §164.318, pay attention to section’s 164.308 (Administrative), 164.310 (Technical), and 164.312 (Physical) safeguards, which require upwards of fifty (50) – that’s right – 50 different policies, procedures.  Learn more about NDB's HIPAA expertise and the complimentary HIPAA Policy Packets we provide to our clients.

HIPAA Security Rule for Business Associates | Call for Fixed Fee Quote 
HIPAA compliance is growing by leaps and bounds for Business Associates, Covered Entities, and all other related parties. What’s needed are expert consulting services, one that offers comprehensive policies and procedures templates, along with industry leading guidance and support from trusted HIPAA experts. Call Charles Denyer today at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 705 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more and receive a competitive, fixed fee.  Learn more about NDB's HIPAA expertise and the complimentary HIPAA Policy Packets we provide to our clients.

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From I.T.consultants to seasoned regulatory compliance auditors, our firm's wide expertise is diverse, cross-functional, and highly experienced in all our service lines.