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The SSAE 18 Reporting Standard SOC 1 SOC 2 SOC 3 Support and Guidance for SSAE18, SOC 1, SOC 2, and SOC 3 reporting standards

Some organizations have heard of SAS 70, SSAE 16. and soon to be SSAE 18. but, don t really know WHY they need to pay to have a bunch of auditors trounce through their company for a month or two during the year, especially right after their financial audit just finished.
The answer is simple: Many companies will not even think about using your company to perform services for them without a clean Type II Report in place.
Some benefits of having an SSAE 16 performed :

  • Ability to perform outsourcing services for Public Companies.
    • If performing financially significant duties for a Public Company, they are required to use a SSAE 16 qualified provider as it is the only way to give investors assurance over controls that are not performed by the Company in question.
  • Public and Private companies are more likely to trust your organization with their data.
    • If you were to trust a company with your data, you would want complete assurance it will be handled with the utmost care
  • A year round accessible knowledge source (your auditors).
    • As a service organization, large or small, you will always have questions regarding your business and having a set of auditors in place with access to a wide array of business knowledge, it will allow you to bounce your questions and concerns off of a group of trusted individuals.
  • A third party to review your controls and activities to ensure they are functioning appropriately, and give advice on how to improve upon them.
    • Sometimes your internal audit department is good, but, not always as stringent as they should be. This will help to serve as a check on their work, as well as your staff. Additionally, if there were any findings noted, your auditors are in a great position to give you some tricks and tips to improve to ensure everything functions well the following period.
  • Improving performance of the organization.
    • Just the knowledge that a review is being performed of an employee s work that can have far reaching consequences for the company as a whole. No more, Oh, I didn t realize that reviewing user access was THAT important to do this month, sorry , now, everyone knows that if it s not done, the success or failure of the organization could rest upon them.

Think of the SSAE 16 or SSAE-18 audit as an annual investment into your company, increasing potential new clients. productivity and accountability .

This tip is focused on designing controls that reflect the process being testing, if they don t, a headache of massive proportions will be created once testing begins.
What do you do to make sure you don t screw this up? Have as many meetings as it takes to get it right.
What you need to do is sit down with the auditors, the department lead, the main employees responsible for performing the process, and anyone else whom could either play a role in testing or modifying the control in the future. Once that is done, Management should discuss what they determined the control to be and how it should operate, that is then reviewed by the auditors, and then the employees performing the tasks should be reconsulted to verify that the control still reflects their process accurately.
Many times people try to speed this process up and half-ass it, leaving many open items which upon testing could easily blow up into a huge problem. When the control isn t 100% agreed upon prior to testing and a deviation is noted, it s a tough call between failing the control and the ability to adjust it to accurately reflect the process. The problem is modifying a control after testing has begun is not proper and needs to be avoided at all costs.
Locking the controls locked down early on could save weeks in wrapping up your new SSAE 16 Report.
We have seen issues like this cause delays in issuing of the report to the client and running additional fees, since adjusting controls isn t free. Coming from the perspective of the auditor, we can let you know the pitfalls, consequences and how to best navigate the audit process. If you have any comments or questions please leave them below!

A SOC 1 Report (System and Organization Controls Report ) is a report on Controls at a Service Organization which are relevant to user entities’ internal control over financial reporting. The SOC1 Report is what you would have previously considered to be the standard SAS70, complete with a Type I and Type II reports, but falls under the SSAE 16 guidance (and soon to be SSAE 18 ).

Please see the following articles discussing the SSAE 16 guidance and additional information related to the SOC 1 (Type I and Type II) Reports:

In addition to the SOC 1 report which is restricted to controls relevant to an audit of a user entity’s financial statements, the SOC 2 and SOC 3 reports have been created to address controls relevant to operations and compliance and will be discussed in further detail in the future.

Please see the SOC 1 Reporting Guide page for additional information.

SSAE 16 is an enhancement to the current standard for Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization, the SAS70. The changes made to the standard will bring your company, and the rest of the companies in the US, up to date with new international service organization reporting standards, the ISAE 3402. The adjustments made from SAS 70 to SSAE 16 will help you and your counterparts in the US compete on an international level; allowing companies around the world to give you their business with complete confidence .

SSAE16 is now effective as of June 15, 2011, and if you have not made the necessary adjustments required, now is the time to find a quality provider to discuss the proper steps. All organizations are now required to issue their Service Auditor Reports under the SSAE 16 standards in an SOC 1 Report.

The soon to be effective, SSAE-18. is expected to follow a similar reporting structure to the SSAE-16 within a SOC 1 report.

Who Needs an SSAE 16 (SOC 1 ) Audit?

If your Company (the Service Organization ) performs outsourced services that affect the financial statements of another Company (the User Organization ), you will more than likely be asked to provide an SSAE16 Type II Report, especially if the User Organization is publicly traded.
Some example industries include:

  • Payroll Processing
  • Loan Servicing
  • Data Center /Co-Location/Network Monitoring Services
  • Software as a Service (SaaS )
  • Medical Claims Processors

What you Need to Know:

Before starting the SSAE 16 process, there are a number of considerations one must take into account that can save considerable time, effort, and money in the long run. Use the following items as a mini checklist for yourself:

  • Does my Company need an SSAE16, or, are we doing it just because someone asked?
  • Reports on the low end can run at least $15,000 a year, will the business lost be less of a burden than the cost of the report itself?
  • Does your company have defined Business Process and IT controls in place, or, will you need assistance developing and implementing them (readiness assessment)?
  • Have you determined the controls in place which affect the outsourced services being provided?
  • Have key stakeholders been defined and included in discussions?

There are many other issues to consider before engaging a CPA firm to help with your SSAE 16, for a more detailed checklist please see The SSAE 16 Checklist

You may have heard SSAE-18 is on the horizon for reports issued as of May 1, 2017. There are some important updates discussed in here: SSAE-18 An Update to SSAE-16 .

As the standard is formalized and the date approaches we will continue to provide more information to help you prepare for these changes.


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Security Awareness for IT Users – InfoSec Institute
InfoSec Institute is consistently rated as one of the top providers for Security Awareness Program training for users of IT systems. With a systematic approach, multiple delivery formats (instructor-led, CBT/WBT, SCORM formatted modules), and access to industry recognized subject matter experts, InfoSec Institute has what it takes to raise critical security awareness issues in a thought provoking manner for your organization.

Security Awareness for IT Professionals – InfoSec Institute
InfoSec Institute provides a deeper level of security awareness training for technical audiences, honing in on the specific issues that individual IT Professionals need to know in order to secure their infrastructure.

Security Awareness for Software Developers (.NET, Java, C/C++) – InfoSec Institute
Software developers are increasingly under task to develop more secure applications. Without the requisite knowledge, it is an insurmountable task. InfoSec Institute bridges the gap between poorly designed and executed code and secure code with the internationally recognized Security Awareness for Software Developers line of courses.

You can find other value able security awareness training resources here:

NIST 800-50: Security Awareness and Training Program
This NIST publication provides detailed guidance on designing, developing, implementing, and maintaining an awareness and training program within an agency’s IT security program.

ENISA: A Users� Guide: How to Raise Information Security Awareness
This document illustrates the main processes necessary to plan, org anise and run information security awareness program raising initiatives: plan & assess, execute & manage, evaluate & adjust. Each process is analyses and time-related actions and dependencies are identified. The process modeling presented provides a basis for “kick-starting” the scoping and planning activities as well as the execution and assessment of any security awareness program. The Guide aims to deliver a consistent and robust understanding of major processes and activities amoung users.

NIST 800-16: Information Technology Security Training Requirements (188 pages)
The overall goal for use of this document is to facilitate the development or strengthening of a comprehensive, measurable, cost-effective IT security awareness program which supports the missions of the organization and is administered as an integral element of sound IT management and planning. Protecting the value of an organization�s information assets demands no less. This approach allows senior officials to understand where, in what way, and to what extent IT-related job responsibilities include IT security responsibilities, permitting the most cost-effective allocation of limited IT security training resources.
Appendix A-D Appendix E

Building a Security Awareness Program – CyberGuard
Hackers, worms and viruses grab the headlines, but the real threat often comes not from outside the organization but within. Social engineering and unhappy employees pose very real risks to network security. How do you address the problem? This article offers a practical approach to setting up an effective security awareness program that gets everyone in the organization on board.

Awareness Tips for All Personnel – Gideon T. Rasmussen
Security tips are a key component to any awareness program. They should advise of best practices and reinforce policy.These tips are written with the average person as the intended audience. The site randomly displays information security tips. Companies can use it internally to educate their user community. The site and script are free to download.

Security Awareness Tips by Role – IT Governance Institute
ITGI offers a security baseline for enterprises and security survival kits for a variety of computer users.

Security Awareness Toolbox – The Information Warfare Site
The Security Awareness Toolbox contains many useful documents and links. The Main Documents section was contributed by Melissa Guenther. The Toolbox is a rich source of awareness material.

University of Arizona Security Awareness Page
The UA security awareness site contains awareness presentations, videos and posters. It’s a good site to explore.

NoticeBoard Newsletter
NoticeBored offers a free awareness newsletter covering a different information security topic each month. The newsletter provides an introduction to the monthly topic, describes the information security risks and outlines the remaining security awareness materials delivered to NoticeBored customers.

IIA Tone at the Top Awareness Newsletter
Mission: To provide executive management, boards of directors, and audit committees with concise, leading-edge information on such issues as risk, internal control, governance, ethics, and the changing role of internal auditing; and guidance relative to their roles in, and responsibilities for the internal audit process.

Security Awareness Group – Yahoo Groups
The security awareness group provides a forum to discuss awareness program methodologies and share security awareness tips. Those interested in learning more about information security will benefit from the exchange of tips and the opportunity to ask questions.

Security Awareness Posters

Attentus Healthcare Company in cooperation with DasSign has provided security awareness posters in the interest of public education. These posters can be used and distributed freely without obligation.