SOC 2 Audits and Reports – Ensuring the Data Security for Houston Businesses
If you run any sort of technology-focused Houston business, you should seriously consider familiarizing yourself with SOC 2 (System & Organization Controls) audits and reports.
The regulatory compliance environment is becoming more and more demanding, making it mandatory that companies show the effectiveness of their data security policies and procedures. NDB, the Texas leader in regulatory compliance assessments as well as consulting services, can help.
NDB has a long track record of providing SOC 2 services with the highest levels of integrity. Not only do we deliver SOC 2 assessments, we also provide assessments covering SOC 1, HIPAA, PCI DSS, SSAE 18, HITRUST, and more. When you turn to us, you’ll have a comprehensive picture of any weaknesses that may exist in your data security controls. We’ll also provide you a detailed roadmap that will help you address those weaknesses.
A Brief Look at SOC 2 Audits
If you run a technology company, SOC 2 audits are designed specifically for you. That’s the case whether your business is a SaaS entity, a cloud computing operation, a data center, a managed services provider, or anything similar.
In order to meet all data security mandates, it will be imperative that Houston technology businesses undergo SOC 2 audits on a regular basis. These audits serve a critically important purpose – they show your customers, and their customers, that your internal controls are sound. When someone does business with you, they want to be able to do so with complete confidence. SOC 2 audits can help instill that confidence by showing all of the policies, procedures and processes that make up your control environment.
Since so many businesses outsource so many services, due diligence is even more critical when it comes to data security. That’s one of the reasons why SOC 2 audits have become the gold standard when it comes to accountability for technology-focused service organizations.
A major component of the SOC 2 audit includes a group of provisions known as the Trust Services Criteria. Adhering to these provisions, which are listed below, will be key to gaining the trust of your customers.
Availability – Your system is accessible as stipulated by any service level agreements or contracts in which you may be involved. It basically means that you and the other parties set a minimum performance level for the system.
Security – You have the controls in place to protect your system against all forms of unauthorized access.
Processing integrity – The processing of your system is not only authorized, but also accurate, complete and timely.
Confidentiality – Access to your data is limited to a specified set of organizations or people. This data could include any kind of sensitive information, such as price lists, business plans, intellectual property and more.
Privacy – All personal information is completely protected, such as names, addresses and Social Security numbers. You will likely also need to protect information such as health, religion, sexuality, race and more.
SOC 2 Audits With No Surprises From NDB
NDB believes in fair prices, superior service, and Texas straight talk. We offer all of our services on a fixed-fee basis, so you will always know what you will pay down to the penny. At NDB, we have the tools and knowledge necessary to help ensure SOC 2 compliance – and whether you like it or not, compliance is becoming more important than ever before.
But we also offer other compliance reporting and assessment services in addition to SOC 2 audits. These include SOC 1, SSAE 18 Type 1 and Type 2 audits and more. These are typically required of companies that perform any kinds of activities that affect their customers’ financial reporting. This is also known as the ICFR (Internal Controls over Financial Reporting) framework.