CPAs and CISAs: Choosing the Right SOC 2 Auditor

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In today’s ever-evolving digital landscape, our central concern revolves around safeguarding data security and privacy. As businesses increasingly depend on cloud services and third-party vendors to manage their data, it becomes crucial to ensure these service providers adhere to stringent security standards. 

A prominent standard in this domain is the Service Organization Control 2, or SOC 2, a framework developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). SOC 2 evaluates and reports on the controls at service organizations that directly impact customer data.

In this discussion, we delve into SOC 2 assessors and the essential factors to consider when selecting one.


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What Is SOC 2 with Additional Subject Matter (SOC 2+)?

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The Service Organization Control 2 (SOC 2) report has become, for many organizations and industries, the gold standard in security and integrity. While SOC 2 can be relatively comprehensive, more than the basic SOC 2 may be needed as regulatory and industry landscapes evolve. Enter SOC 2+, also known as a SOC 2 report with additional subject matter. 

By incorporating additional subject matter from other compliance frameworks or regulations, SOC 2+ offers a more comprehensive overview of an organization’s control environment. But what does SOC 2+ entail, and how can organizations prepare for this audit? This article will demystify SOC 2+ compliance and provide practical guidance on navigating this complex but critical process.


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What Are Carve-Out and Inclusive Auditing Methods for SOC Reporting?


SOC audits are some of the most common non-regulatory audits in the U.S. These attestations provide companies with a way to demonstrate their dedication to transparent and secure financial reporting and protecting consumer information. Accordingly, SOC reporting can become an in-depth and complicated task that is rendered even more complicated when factoring in subservice providers. 

We’ll cover two ways to account for subservice provider services in your financial and IT infrastructure: carve-out and inclusive reporting. 


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