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SOC 2 Compliance Audits | Southern California | Orange County

NDB offers high-quality, fixed-fee SOC 2 compliance audits for Southern California (Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles, and other surrounding areas) businesses. With a national recognized SOC 2 audit practice – along with a strong footprint throughout the entire state of California – NDB offers high-quality, competitively priced SOC 2 audits for the entire Southern California region, and even the Bay Area and Northern California.

SOC 2 Compliance Audits | Southern California | Orange County

Years ago, NDB began working with the now defunct SAS 70 standard that was put forth in April of 1992, and ever since then, we’ve been assisting Southern California service organizations with efficient and cost-effective assessment solutions, including SOC 2 compliance audits. Additionally, our years of compliance expertise have resulted in an extremely refined, lockstep auditing process that includes the following activities:

SOC 2 Readiness Assessment: It’s important to gain a strong technical understanding and agreement on important audit issues BEFORE the audit itself actually begins. Items such as scope (i.e., what business function are included), gaps and internal controls (i.e., information security policies and procedures) requiring remediation, what personnel are involved – and many other items – are all clearly addressed during a SOC 2 readiness assessment.

It’s not just another cost for regulatory compliance – rather – a SOC 2 readiness assessment for Southern California businesses is a highly useful exercise yielding significant findings. What’s the biggest benefit of a SOC 2 readiness assessment – while there are many – it’s arguably the ability to identify and assess missing information security policies and procedures – and other supporting documentation – so essential to auditing success, no question about it! Any audit in today’s world requires extensive policy documents, and SOC 2 is no different.

Trust Services Principles: There are five Trust Services Principles – Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality and Privacy, and they each come complete with their own reporting requirements. Which TSPS should be used for SOC 2 compliance – good question – as it really depends on a number of factors, such as client contractual agreements, marketing, and numerous other factors, for which a well-qualified CPA firm can discuss with you. There’s much to learn about the AICPA Trust Services Principles, so call and speak with Christopher Nickell, CPA, at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706 today.

Correcting Issues: It’s important to note that successfully completing a SOC 2 audit also means correcting any and all issues found during the initial stages of work – specifically – from the readiness assessment. It’s also another reason why a SOC 2 readiness assessment for California businesses is crucial, as gaps and problem areas are identified, thus requiring immediate attention. Policies are one of the most common areas for remediation, along with weak and informal security controls – but they need to be corrected before the audit actually begins.

As for the two (2) biggest, challenging, and most demanding areas of SOC 2 remediation, again, it’s developing all necessary documentation, along with making configuration changes to all necessary system components. For example, you may very well be mandated to developed an all new change control policy, then implement the actual procedures within the policy – so take the same example for many other areas within information security. Luckily, NDB provides clients with an all-inclusive SOC 2 Policy Packet containing hundreds of pages of professionally written policies, along with system hardening procedures for getting you compliant quickly.

Time to Audit: While most companies dread the SOC 2 audit process – and understandably so – NDB has put in place activities for ensuring this becomes an extremely quick and painless process. How so – by using cutting-edge technology services and solutions that enable comprehensive completion of all required documents for SOC 2 compliance. Forget about spending dozens of hours with auditors looking over your shoulders – this is not the 1990’s – it’s all about being fast, comprehensive, and complete, and that’s exactly what NDB offers for California service organizations.

Report Preparation: Last – but definitely not least – is the preparing of the final SOC 2 Service Auditor’s Report – a somewhat lengthy document that contains all the necessary subject matter for reporting on a service organization’s internal control environment. Specifically, it contains the written description of the system, along with the service organization’s assertion, along with the applicable SOC 2 assessment results. Contact Christopher Nickell, CPA, at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706 today to learn more about NDB’s SOC 2 compliance assessments for California businesses.

SOC 2 Compliance Audits | Southern California | Orange County

NDB has been a true leader in the Southern California business community for years, offering a wide-array of regulatory compliance reports for today’s service organizations. SOC 2 is becoming an increasingly well-known report – and for good reason – so let’s talk about your reporting needs and how NDB can help. We also offer SOC 1, SOC 3, PCI DSS, FISMA, HIPAA, GLBA, and many other compliance services. Contact Christopher Nickell, CPA, at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706 today.

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