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SOC 2 Audit Readiness Assessment and Remediation Service

SOC 2 Audit Readiness Assessment and Remediation Service

SKU: 4931
Format: Consultancy

This SOC 2 consultancy service has been designed to help service organisations prepare for and pass a SOC 2 audit against the AICPA’s (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) TSC (Trust Services Criteria).

Full project pricing depends on the size and complexity of your organisation and the level of assistance you need. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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Description

SOC 2 Audit Readiness Assessment and Remediation Service

SOC 2 audit reports enable service organizations to demonstrate to clients and other stakeholders that they have implemented appropriate controls in relation to security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy.

This consultancy service has been designed to help you prepare for and pass a SOC 2 audit. It comprises two parts:

  1. The SOC 2 Audit Readiness Assessment is a report focused on the AICPA’s TSC. It evaluates your organization’s audit-readiness by assessing the suitability of the TSC risk-mitigating controls to the service(s) you offer.
  2. The SOC 2 Remediation Service highlights the corrective actions your organization must take to ensure its security controls conform to the TSC before seeking a SOC 2 audit.

SOC 2 audit

A SOC 2 audit can only be performed by an independent CPA (certified public accountant) or duly recognized accountancy organization regulated by the AICPA.

CPA organizations may employ non-CPA professionals with relevant information technology and security skills to participate in preparing for a SOC 2 audit, but the final report must be provided and issued by a CPA. A successful SOC 2 audit carried out by a CPA permits the service organization to use the AICPA logo on its website.

A SOC 2 audit report provides information and assurances about the suitability of the design and effectiveness of the service organization’s controls. The report is generally restricted-use for existing or prospective clients.

Scope of Work

SOC 2 Audit Readiness Assessment

IT Governance can help your organization throughout the entire SOC preparation, remediation, testing, and reporting process.

Our expert cybersecurity consultants have years of experience helping organizations prepare for SOC 2 audits.

We will identify and advise on the SOC audit that best suits your organization.

The SOC 2 Audit Readiness Assessment results in a detailed report that identifies any areas in which your controls fall short of the required standard and provides a remediation plan to ensure compliance. (Please see service description above.)

The SOC 2 Audit Readiness Assessment includes advice on defining a suitable audit scope, guidance on compiling the content of the service or system description, and help identifying which of the TSC are relevant to your organization’s key risks.


SOC 2 Audit Remediation Service

Once any shortfalls have been identified, the SOC 2 Audit Remediation Service can help you rectify them. Remediation consultancy is specific to each organization but typically could include the following:

  • Developing or modifying policies/procedures
  • Conducting a risk assessment
  • Selecting appropriate controls
  • Testing to ensure that new controls have been implemented and are operating effectively

Testing and reporting

IT Governance USA has partnered with a leading AICPA- and PCAOB (Public Company Accounting Oversight Board)-registered CPA audit organization in the U.S., which can perform the required testing and reporting at considerably reduced rates.

Benefits

Benefits of a SOC 2 audit

A SOC 2 audit:

  • Provides a recognized attestation of the effectiveness of your organization’s controls relating to security, availability, confidentiality, processing integrity, and privacy
  • Is tailored to your organization’s core business objectives and requirements
  • Establishes trust with clients, investors, and the board of directors by providing an independent audit
  • Identifies and corrects inefficiencies
  • Expands your business capabilities to the public sector
  • Provides transparency into how your organization controls and manages risk
  • Reduces overall organizational and cyber risk
  • Improves cyber resilience
  • Lowers the cost of cyber insurance premiums
  • Reduces impact and response times from incidents

Who are SOC 2 audits designed for?

SOC 2 audits are aimed at organizations that provide services to other organizations.

If, for example, your organization provides Cloud services, a SOC 2 audit report will go a long way to establishing trust and credibility with customers and other stakeholders, particularly if you process confidential or personal data.

IT Governance USA can facilitate the audit process and put you in contact with our partner, who can conduct the SOC 2 audit at a fraction of the price demanded by the Big Four accounting firms.

How we can help you

We can help you prepare for a SOC 2 audit by:

  • Reviewing your current IT status, performing a readiness assessment, and recommending suitable controls and technical measures
  • Conducting project and audit scoping
  • Offering guidance on specifying the system or service description based on your core business objectives
  • Helping define the trust services categories relevant to your core business
  • Performing a risk assessment and selecting controls
  • Designing and documenting controls
  • Monitoring and measuring the effectiveness of the selected controls
  • Recommending a qualified CPA partner to prepare the SOC 2 report

Additional services, such as penetration testing or advising on integrating your SOC 2 requirements into your ISO 27001-compliant ISMS (information security management system), can also be provided.

IT Governance USA specializes in international management system standards, IT governance, cybersecurity, cyber incident response management, risk management, and compliance.

Our professional services team has a wealth of consultancy skills and technical expertise. This multidisciplinary knowledge and experience means we can help you achieve your project objectives wherever you are in the world.

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