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DEC
30

Dallas, TX SOC 2 Auditors | Fixed Fees

Texas Compliance, LLC, an affiliated member of NDNB, offers industry leading SOC 2 Type 1 and SOC 2 Type 2 audits and assessment reports for Dallas, Texas businesses. With the continued growth of third-party service providers being used by businesses for handling a wide-range of activities, SOC 2 audits have been – and still are – the go-to assessment for these very third-parties. Tens of thousands of businesses all throughout the country have to undergo annual SOC 2 compliance, with a large number of them residing in the greater Dallas area. As a leading provider of security, governance, and compliance solutions, Texas Compliance, LLC offers fixed fees and superior services.

Call our Dallas office today at 214-430-3146. And if you’re in need of SOC audit services in Houston or Austin, call us at 713-496-0293 or 512-643-1520.

Specifically, we offer the following services and solutions to Dallas businesses relating to SOC 2 compliance:

SOC 2 Scoping & Readiness Assessments

Performing a SOC 2 Scoping & Readiness Assessment is one of the most important activities a business can do prior to commencing with an actual SOC 2 audit. Why? Because it’s important to gain a strong understanding of scoping & readiness issues relating to the following:

  • What business processes are to be included within the scope of the SOC 2 audit?
  • What relevant personnel and third-party organizations will be involved in the audit?
  • What gaps and control deficiencies have been identified that require remediation prior to the audit starting? Note: Gaps are typically found in two areas: 1. Documentation gaps in terms of policies and procedures and 2. Security gaps in terms of software tools and solutions that are missing and must be acquired.

SOC 2 Remediation

When it comes to remediation for SOC 2 audits, its generally a two-fold process. The first being documentation remediation, with the second being operational/security remediation. Let’s take a look at both and discuss them in more detail. Regarding documentation remediation, this requires service organizations to develop a wide-range of information security policies and procedures. Here’s just a small example of some of the documents that need to be developed:

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NOV
13

PCI DSS Compliance for Austin Merchants and Service Providers

Austin PCI DSS Compliance Services

Texas Compliance, LLC offers numerous PCI DSS compliance services and solutions for Austin, TX merchants and service providers looking to become compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) provisions.

If you’re an Austin business that stores, processes, and/or transmits cardholder data, you’ll need to be compliant with PCI. We can assist. We have years of experience helping Austin businesses become – and stay – PCI DSS compliant. We also offer fixed-fees for a wide-range of services and solutions for the PCI DSS industry. Contact our most senior PCI specialist at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 705 today to learn more.

Services offered for PCI DSS compliance for Austin Businesses consist of the following:

PCI DSS Scoping & Readiness Assessments

Getting off on the right track in terms of PCI DSS compliance starts by performing a much-needed scoping assessment BEFORE you try and actually become compliant. After all, Austin merchants and service providers need to gain a strong understanding of project scope in terms of personnel, business systems, third-parties and more.

Additionally, areas that require remediation (both in terms of documentation and technical remediation) will also need to be identified and addressed. When performed correctly, a PCI DSS scoping & readiness assessment will save Austin merchants both time and money in the long run. Contact our most senior PCI specialist at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 705 today to learn more.

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OCT
20

SSAE 18 SOC 1 Audit Reports Introduction and Overview for Texas Services Organizations

If you as a service organization in Texas are working towards becoming compliant with the SSAE 18 assurance standard, then it's important to understand all aspects of SSAE no. 18 audits – what they are, what do they include, and what they're designed to do. SSAE, which stands for Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements, is a broad umbrella of standards contained within a report – whether Type 1 or Type 2, about a given organization's reporting standards and controls.

With so many letters and numbers, however, the landscape of SSAE 18 audits can easily – and problematically – become a minefield. Luckily, once you're over the initial hump of learning, things get a little simpler. So, let's start with the basics: what exactly does an SSAE 18 audit entail?

AICPA: Their Role in SSAE 18 SOC 1 Audits

The AICPA, for starters, refers to the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts. They're the ones who have set up SOC – the System and Organization Controls – the reporting framework we're working with, the platform that essentially replaced the aging and antiquated SAS 70 standard. As of June 15, 2011, the professionally mandated form of doing that reporting for SOC 1 reports is by using the SSAE no. 16 audit procedures. But that was replaced also, and now we’re onto SSAE 18.

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OCT
13

SOC 2 Type 1 & Type 2 Audit Reports – Austin, Dallas, Houston – Fixed Fees

Texas Compliance, LLC is Texas’ premier provider of SOC 2 Type 1 and SOC 2 Type 2 audits, offering exceptional services and fixed-fee pricing for service providers in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

We’ve performed hundreds of SOC 2 audits over the years, effectively establishing ourselves as a true household name throughout Texas, and beyond.

With a challenging business world that’s become even more competitive by the day, businesses need to meet demanding compliance mandates from their customers – such as SOC 2 reporting – but also find ways for ensuring an efficient and cost-effective audit process is maintained.

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OCT
09

SSAE 18 SOC 1 and SOC 2 Compliance Best Practices for Texas Businesses

Texas businesses in Houston, Austin, Dallas – and all other surrounding locations – are being hammered with growing regulatory compliance audits, particularly SSAE 18 SOC 1 and SOC 2 audits. They can be expensive, time-consuming, and operationally challenging – no question about it – so now’s the time to learn essential best practices for helping slay the regulatory compliance dragon once and for all. After all, you’ve got a business to run, so turn to the Texas compliance experts today at Texas Compliance, LLC for learning important points about today’s demanding regulatory compliance challenges.

Texas’ Leading Provider of Fixed-Fee SOC Audits – Learn More

As for SSAE 18 SOC 1 and SOC 2 compliance, thousands of businesses throughout North America are performing these annual compliance audits, many of them in an efficient and cost-effective manner, thanks to learning important information regarding audit planning, preparation, and execution.  Here’s what you need to know about SOC 1 and SOC 2 audits, compliments of the Texas compliance experts at Texas Compliance, LLC

1. Find a Firm that Provides Fixed-Fees:  Not only do you want to find a firm that offers fixed-fees, you also want to have a multi-year engagement for ensuring a consistent and efficient audit process from year to year. Changing auditors every year results in inefficiencies that often create additional costs for the overall audit.  Texas Compliance, LLC offers fixed-fees for all SOC 2 engagements – it’s been our standard pricing model for years.

2. Begin with a Scoping & Readiness Assessment: Any type of compliance mandate – and especially SOC 1 and SOC 2 assessments – need to begin with a comprehensive scoping & readiness assessment, and for some obvious reasons.  First and foremost, service organizations need to identify and confirm audit scope in terms of business processes, personnel involved, physical locations, and what relevant third-parties are considered part of the audit. Next, it’s highly essential to identify all gaps and control weaknesses that require remediation.

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OCT
06

SOC 2 Type 1 Guidelines for Texas Service Organizations (Austin, Dallas, Houston)

The SOC 2 Type 1 guidelines, which have been published by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), consist of the AT 101 professional standard, along with the inclusion of the following five (5) Trust Services Principles (TSP):

  • Security
  • Availability
  • Processing Integrity
  • Confidentiality
  • Privacy

The Importance of a SOC 2 Scoping & Readiness Assessment

Want to save time, money, while reducing cost overruns and headaches when it comes to SOC 2 compliance? If so, and we’re sure you do, then begin the process with a much-needed SOC 2 scoping & readiness assessment. Benefits of such an assessment include the following:

  • Effectively identifies audit scope in terms of business processes to be examined, which would include physical locations to assess, personal involved in the audit, relevant third-party providers, and more. 
  • Assesses current internal controls in terms of policies, procedures, and processes, and what gaps and deficiencies exist that require remediation prior to the commencement of the actual SOC 2 audit.
  • Helps ensure transparency for the entire audit process, while also putting in place a roadmap for auditing success.

Additional points worth noting about Texas Compliance, LLC’s industry leading SOC 2 Type 1 guidelines are the following:

  • SOC 2 Type 1 assessments are done for a point in time, whereas SOC 2 Type 2 assessments are conducted over an agreed upon time period.
  • Becoming SOC 2 Type 1 compliance means putting in place numerous information security policies and procedures, for which Texas Compliance, LLC offers a complimentary SOC 2 Policy Packet with all the documentation needed.
  • SOC 2 Type 1 guidelines call for the use of the five (5) Trust Services Principles.
  • SOC 2 Type 1 guidelines require management of the service organization to develop a written statement of assertion and provide a description of its “system”.

Other Important Considerations for SOC 2 Type 1 Reports

Policies and Procedures are Key to Compliance: That’s right, having well-written information security policies and procedures are a big part of becoming – and staying – SOC 2 compliant. In fact, many Texas businesses quickly find that developing such documentation is often the most time-consuming and taxing aspect of the entire audit!

For that reason alone, we offer industry leading InfoSec policy templates for helping Texas businesses save thousands of dollars and dozens of operational hours on critical policy development.  It’s just another reason why so many firms in Texas look to Texas Compliance, LLC for SOC 2 audit guidance and expertise.

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SEP
08

PCI Compliance Overview for Austin Merchants & Small Businesses

Austin-TX PCI DSS Compliance Overview for Austin Merchants & Small Businesses

Call Texas Compliance, LLC at 1-888-447-2209, ext. 700 for high-quality, fixed fee compliance and certification services for Austin, TX businesses. As one of North America’s longest licensed PCI-QSA firms, Texas Compliance, LLC, and its affiliated entities, has built an efficient PCI DSS compliance model consisting of lockstep phases for rapid and complete compliance.

While most merchants and service providers in Austin are spending hundreds of hours and tens of thousands of dollars on annual PCI DSS compliance, Texas Compliance, LLC’s clients are building an efficient process that saves both time and money. From essential policy templates to Level 1 onsite assessments – and more – Texas Compliance, LLC offers a wealth of cost-effective, fixed-fee solutions for PCI DSS compliance.

PCI DSS QSA Compliance & Certification Austin, TX | Fixed Fees

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) are an important component for ensuring cardholder data is secure when being stored, processed and/or transmitted, so talk to the industry leaders today at Texas Compliance, LLC by contacting our most senior PCI-QSA at 1-888-447-2209, ext. 700.

Texas Compliance, LLC offers the following PCI DSS services to merchants and service providers throughout the Austin, TX area:

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JUN
19

SOC 2 Audits Dallas, TX | Fixed Fees | Type 1 | Type 2

SOC 2 audits for Dallas, TX businesses are offered by Texas Compliance, LLC, Texas’ leading provider of regulatory compliance assessments and consulting services.  From Bridge City to El Paso, service providers all throughout the Lone Star State have relied on the expertise and professionalism of Texas Compliance, LLC, so contact us today to discuss your SOC 2 audits for Dallas businesses – or any other location in Texas. 

SOC 2 Audits for Dallas, TX Businesses | Fixed Fees | Call Texas Compliance, LLC Today

SOC 2 audits are becoming increasingly mandated in today’s information security age – and for good reason – as outsourcing and the sheer growth of technology continues to dominate the business landscape. It means that now is the time to get serious about one’s overall information security posture, and it starts by contacting the SOC 2 experts today at Texas Compliance, LLC.  One of the distinct advantages we possess over any other compliance firm is the ability to offer our clients comprehensive SOC 2 supporting documentation, such as the following:

  • Information security policies and procedures templates for SOC 2 compliance.
  • Risk assessment programs as mandated for SOC 2 reporting.
  • Provisioning and hardening checklists for ensuring all in-scope systems are configured and deployed in accordance with information security best practices.
  • In-depth security awareness and training materials, such as manuals and PowerPoint presentations (PPT) – all to be used for effectively ensuring that employees are properly trained with respect to information security issues, threats, challenges, and best practices.

Obtain SOC 2 Policies and Procedures with the Texas Compliance, LLC SOC 2 Policy Packet

As for the Texas Compliance, LLC difference and what separates us from other CPA firms offering SOC 2 audits for Dallas, TX businesses? Simple – we also offer a comprehensive SOC 2 Policy Packet filled with hundreds of pages of information security and business specific policy templates, forms, checklists, and so much more.  The SOC 2 Policy Packet saves businesses thousands of dollars and hundreds of man-hours when it comes to SOC 2 compliance – no question about it. 

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JUN
19

SSAE 18 SOC 1 and SOC 2 Compliance Best Practices for Texas Businesses

Texas businesses in Houston, Austin, Dallas – and all other surrounding locations – are being hammered with growing regulatory compliance audits, particularly SSAE 18 SOC 1 and SOC audits. They can be expensive, time-consuming, and operationally challenging – no question about it – so now’s the time to learn essential best practices for helping slay the regulatory compliance dragon once and for all. After all, you’ve got a business to run, so turn to the Texas compliance experts today at Texas Compliance, LLC for learning important points about today’s demanding regulatory compliance challenges.

Texas’ Leading Provider of Fixed-Fee SOC Audits – Learn More

As for SSAE 18 SOC 1 and SOC 2 compliance, thousands of businesses throughout North America are performing these annual compliance audits, many of them in an efficient and cost-effective manner, thanks to the learning important information regarding audit planning, preparation, and execution.  Here’s what you need to know about SOC 1 and SOC 2 audits compliments of the Texas compliance experts at Texas Compliance, LLC:

  1. Find a Firm that Provides Fixed-Fees:
  2. Begin with a Scoping & Readiness Assessment:
  3. Understand the Importance of Technical Remediation:
  4. Be Mindful of Policies and Procedures:
JUN
19

PCI Compliance Checklist for Texas Merchants & Businesses | Overview & Guidelines for Certification

Texas Compliance, LLC offers the following PCI compliance checklist for Texas merchants and services providers – a comprehensive overview for becoming compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS).

1. Understand what PCI DSS is. Ask ten different businesses in Texas what PCI is and what’s needed to become compliant and you’ll more than likely get ten different answers.  That’s because everyone’s interpretation of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) differs. The point is that you need to truly understand the technical aspects of PCI compliance, what it takes to become compliant, the actual reporting process to undertake, and many other important considerations. 

Visiting the official PCI DSS website at pcisecuritystandards.org is a great place to start, as the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSSC) is the governing body for the PCI DSS standards. From downloading essential forms to learning about key terms, you’ll find all the information needed to truly gain a strong working knowledge of the PCI DSS framework. 

2. Learn about the reporting requirements. Luckily, the vast majority of Texas businesses – both merchants and service providers – can annually comply with the PCI DSS standards via any number of the PCI DSS Self-Assessment Questionnaires (SAQ), from SAQ-A to SAQ-D. However, there are a select few businesses that will have to perform an annual Level 1 onsite assessment via a Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor (PCI-QSA).  Here’s what you need to know at a high-level about PCI DSS reporting:

  • The vast majority of merchants will fall into the Level 2 – 4 categories 4, meaning you can use any number of the SAQ questionnaires.  While that removes you from performing the much-dreaded Level 1 onsite assessment performed by a PCI-QSA, there’s still work to be done in terms of auditing and compliance.  Just because it says “SAQ” doesn’t mean it’s a walk in the park – hardly. In fact, a large number of Texas merchants and service providers needing to become PCI DSS compliant fall victim to the false assumption that they can perform the SAQ on their own, when that’s not the truth. You need help, and Texas Compliance, LLC is here to assist in getting you compliant in an efficient, cost-effective, and scalable manner.  Contact us today to learn more. 
  • Documentation is often the biggest, most challenging, and most time-consuming hurdle to overcome in terms of PCI DSS compliance. And it’s why Texas Compliance, LLC offers industry-leading tools, templates, and other supporting documents for Texas businesses. 
  • Spending time on ensuring compliance long after your initial PCI DSS SAQ is completed is mandatory. Think about it, compliance isn’t really about a stop and start process, it’s about putting in place controls and continuously monitoring them.  Texas Compliance, LLC offers continuous monitoring services for Texas merchants and service providers when it comes to PCI DSS compliance, or any other of today’s demanding regulations.

3. Are you a merchant or a service provider nonprofit?

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