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A SOC 2 readiness assessment is essential for almost any service organization new to the AICPA Service Organization Control (SOC) framework.  Add to the fact of the important scope considerations and policy documentation requirements for these types of assessments, a SOC 2 readiness assessment becomes a very proactive and necessary element for auditing success.   Though SOC 2 can be “technically” looked upon as being prescriptive in nature – after all – the Trust Services Principles (TSP) do lay out exactly the criteria a service organization should have in place, it’s still highly subjective as to what auditors expect to ask for.  Additionally, from a scope perspective, it’s also important to note that there are five (5) Trust Services Principles, thus deciding on which of the five – a few or all of them – to include for reporting is also critical.  All the more reason for engaging with an experienced CPA firm for purposes of undertaking a SOC 2 readiness assessment.  Additionallly, learn more about NDB's complimentary SOC 1 Policy Packets and SOC 2 Policy PacketsThey truly make a big difference in helping service organizations save thousands of dollars on SOC compliance.

Furthermore, a SOC 2 readiness assessment helps determine one of the most important reporting requirements of the Service Organization Control (SOC) framework – what documented policies, procedures and other supporting material need to be in place. That’s right, policies and procedures, from an information security and operational perspective, are a large part of SOC 2 compliance, all the more reason for undertaking a SOC 2 readiness assessment.  More specifically, essentially all of the five (5) TSP’s require comprehensive policies and procedures to be in place. NDB, a nationally recognized CPA firm with years of regulatory compliance experience, has developed numerous information security and operational specific policies and procedures, those needed for helping ensure compliance with the SOC 2 reporting framework.  Interestingly, the entire SOC framework, including SOC 1 and SOC 3, is also highly depended on having documented information security and operational policies and procedures in place – it’s a big, and often overlooked component of regulatory compliance, so please keep that in mind.

SOC 2 compliance is continuing to gain immense traction as more and more technology oriented service organizations adopt it as the primary framework for reporting on controls, possibly even outpacing the much more well-known SOC 1 SSAE 16 standard.  For this reason, it’s critically important gain a strong technical and operational understanding of SOC 2, which begins with a SOC 2 readiness assessment by a nationally recognized, PCAOB CPA firm that specializes in regulatory compliance, and that’s NDB.  With competitive fixed fees and high-quality audit services, NDB is the right choice for any organization’s regulatory compliance needs.

Call Christopher G. Nickell, CPA, today at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706 or email him at cnickell@ndbcpa.com to learn more about NDB’s SOC 2 readiness assessment fixed fee pricing, along with our competitive pricing for all your SOC reporting needs, along with PCI DSS, HIPAA and other regulatory compliance mandates.

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