NDB is one of the leading providers of SOC 1 SSAE 18 and SOC 2 services to Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia Businesses. We’ve been providing highly efficient, fixed-fee pricing for SOC 1 and SOC 2 assessments for years, while also offering comprehensive remediation services for helping clients correct and strengthen their internal control environments for future compliance mandates.
The Importance of Remediation for SOC 1 SSAE 18 Compliance
One of the biggest operational challenges that businesses encounter during the SOC 1 auditing process is remediation; correcting the gaps and deficiencies found during the readiness assessment that can sometimes require a tremendous amount of work. Companies are generally extremely good and proficient in what they do from an operational perspective – if not, they’d probably be out of business – but documenting internal controls is generally not high on the list, and it’s one reason gaps will surface prior to an audit.
What’s worse is that many businesses often fail to perform any type of meaningful remediation prior to the commencement of a SOC 1 SSAE 18 audit, and that’s where the challenges begin. Imagine trying to collect audit evidence for controls that are failing or not in place – it happens all the time – and it’s why spending a few extra dollars on the front-end will save you thousands more over the course of an audit – trust on this – we’ve been auditing for decades and are being completely transparent in this statement. Don’t get yourself into a nightmarish situation because you failed to plan accordingly – perform a SOC 1 SSAE 18 scoping & readiness assessment today.
Industry leading SOC 1 SSAE 18 Remediation Services
NDB offers the following SOC 1 SSAE 18 remediation services for Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia Businesses:
1. Policy and Procedures Writing: Policy and procedures writing is often one of the most time-consuming and laborious aspects of SOC 1 SSAE 18 compliance – really, any audit, regardless of the framework – as documentation is paramount in today’s world of regulatory compliance.
2. Operational and Technical Control Remediation: Correcting internal control weaknesses often rises above and beyond just documentation, sometimes it requires a change in operations, such as re-configuring passwords, strengthening firewall rulesets, etc. Additionally, there may be processes and procedures that are completely missing, such as certain review and reconciliation procedures, etc. Whatever they may be, once identified by NDB, we can also help assist in correcting such issues. Technical remediation can also be time-consuming as competent personnel need to update configuration settings on various information systems, so plan accordingly for such activities.
3. Ongoing Audit Support: Once the initial audit is complete, NDB provides constant support for helping service organizations maintain the necessary posture and overall control environment for future assessment periods. Our auditing process is not a one-and-done scenario – not at all – we provide regular input and analysis for ensuring our clients are meeting their compliance reporting needs each year. From scope increases to questions from your customers regarding compliance – whatever you need assistance with – NDB is there. In the audit industry, you’ll need to be aware of a term called “Continuous Monitoring” – the concept of evaluating, assessing, and enhancing internal controls on a regular basis for ensuring they are operating as designed.
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