Looking for a comprehensive SOC 1 SSAE 18 roadmap towards compliance, one that ensures Colorado businesses – and other organizations throughout the Rockies and the Plains – can successfully complete such an assessment on time, within budget, and with minimal business interruption? NDB – Colorado’s leading provider of regulatory compliance audits – offers a comprehensive SOC 1 SSAE 18 roadmap for compliance for ensuring an efficient process from beginning to end.
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Is your business based in Colorado (i.e., Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, etc.) and you’re in need of a SOC 1 SSAE 18 audit? Not sure as to where to start, who to speak with, and what the process is for becoming SOC 1 SSAE 18 compliant? Turn to the experts at NDB for learning all you need to know about today’s demanding, complex, and ever-changing world of regulatory compliance. SOC 1 SSAE 18 audits don’t have to an inefficient and costly exercise – not with NDB – and not when you follow our proven process that’s been fine-tuned by highly experienced auditors for decades.
Important Points to Note for SOC 1 SSAE 18 Audits
Performing a SOC 1 SSAE 18 assessment, especially for Colorado businesses new to the world of regulatory compliance, can be challenging indeed. It’s why now’s a good time to educate yourself on important points you need to know for ensuring an efficient and smooth audit process from day one. You’ll want to avoid cost overruns, scope creep, and other audit challenges – and you can – so long as you have a strong understanding of the important elements for a successful SOC 1 SSAE 18 audit.
Begin with a Readiness Assessment
Want to complete a SOC 1 SSAE 18 assessment on time, within budget, and with minimal business interruptions issues for your organization – if so – then it’s important to consider performing a readiness assessment. Learning about scope, personnel involved, deficiencies within one’s internal control environment – and more – are the benefits for Colorado businesses when conducting such an assessment with NDB. Is it just another audit expense – not at all – it’s an essential ingredient for long-term compliance success, no question about it.
Organizations that take the time to perform a readiness assessment find the audit to be a much for efficient process than those that simply look at the cost. Remember, understanding audit boundaries, identifying gaps and remediation steps to take, along with putting in place achievable milestones are just a few of the notable outputs of a well-implemented readiness assessment.
The Importance of Assessing Audit Scope
One of the biggest challenges auditors have in performing SOC 1 SSAE 18 audits – or any type of regulatory compliance assessment – is determining scope in regards to information systems. Because of this, it’s a really good idea – and a best practice – to have a comprehensive asset inventory list in place that lists all your information systems. Specifically, start with networking devices (i.e., firewalls, switches, routers, etc.), then document all of your servers (both physical and virtual) and the underlying operating systems and applications residing on them. With that, you know have a true picture of your entire I.T. landscape – at least in terms of systems – which helps auditors tremendously in deterring scope and choosing samples of information systems to assess for the SOC 1 SSAE 18 audit.
Key Elements to Understand About Auditing
What’s the Final Deliverable? Good question! Colorado service organizations assessing against the SSAE 18 standard – under the direction of the AICPA SOC 1 framework – will receive what’s called a Service Auditor’s Report. Contained within the report is a service organization’s description of its system, a written statement of assertion by management, actual assessment and testing (if a Type 2) results, and other administrative language. As for the users of the reports, they are generally restricted to management of the service organization and other specific parties – hence – this is not a general purpose, public document.
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If you’re a Colorado business new to the world of regulatory compliance, then now’s the time to talk to the SOC 1 SSAE 18 and SOC 2 experts at NDB, a firm with years of experience in performing a wide variety of compliance reporting. From SOC 1 SSAE 18, SOC 2, SOC 3, EI3PA, ACH Audits, MERS compliance, internal audits, and more, we’re the firm to talk to.