With ever-growing compliance mandates – and costs – Texas businesses can turn to the proven regulatory experts at NDB, a firm that’s been working with services organizations for a well over a decade in the Lone Star State.
If you’re new to the world of regulatory compliance, then welcome, and take some time to learn about the following important points regarding the AICPA SOC framework, courtesy of NDB, one of North America’s leading providers of high-quality, fixed-fee SOC 1, SOC 2, and SOC 3 audits & assessments.
A Quick Primer on SOC 2 Audits for Texas Businesses
- SOC 2 Type 1 vs. SOC 2 Type 2: SOC 2 Type 1 audits are for a specific date in time – such as June 30, 20xx, while SOC 2 Type 2 audits encompass an actual test period, such as January 1, 20xx to June 30, 20xx. Type 1 audits are a great stepping stone when it comes to long-term compliance needs, as most of your customers will be demanding annual SOC 2 Type 2 audits. While Type 1 audits simply assess one’s control environments for ensuring such controls are in place, a Type 2 actually tests the “operating effectiveness” of the controls – and that’s a big difference you need to be aware of.
Where to Start (Readiness Assessment) and Why? Want a clear-cut path to cost-savings, efficiency, and a successful audit outcome? If so, then it’s essential to kick off your audit with a SOC 2 scoping & readiness assessment from NDB; a highly useful process for helping determine project scope, identify control gaps and deficiencies, personnel needs, physical locations to be assessed, and much more.
Remediation is Critical: Making sure you have adequate policies and procedures in place, all your internal controls are functioning as required, and your systems are configured and operating correctly within the production environment is essential. As you can clearly see now, a SOC 2 readiness assessment is an extremely critical component of helping ensure the overall success your audit, and it’s why NDB recommends every service organization perform such an exercise, particularly if your company is new to the SOC 2 compliance arena.
Policies and Procedures are Paramount: If you’ve spent any amount of time in the world of regulatory compliance, then you’re well aware of the importance of documentation – specifically – the need for comprehensive information security policies and procedures. Whatever the mandate, from HIPAA compliance to GLBA, and even SOC 1 and SOC 2, documentation is highly essential. But the time and effort needed to develop such policies can be incredibly daunting, and it’s why NDB offers information security policy writing services to our valued Texas clients. It’s simply one of the very best ways for saving thousands of dollars on costly documentation services that are often charged by consultants.
Fixed-Fee SOC 2 Audits for Texas Businesses
NDB has been offering SOC 2 compliance services to Texas businesses for years now – in Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio – all at fixed-fee pricing from a proven and trusted name in regulatory compliance. From SOC 2 readiness assessments to policy writing, remediation solutions – and more – talk to the experts today at NDB. We also offer SOC 1 SSAE 18 compliance, SOC 3 reporting, HIPAA/HITECH, HITRUST, GLBA compliance services, and much more. When it comes to regulatory compliance for Texas service organization, talk to NDB.