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SOC Basics

The purpose of a SOC audit is to provide user entities (clients) with attestation over the design and operating effectiveness of the reporting entity’s (service provider’s) controls.

Currently, there are four types of SOC reports available:

  1. SOC 1
  2. SOC 2
  3. SOC 3
  4. SOC for Cybersecurity

Our Approach – We Do the Heavy Lifting

As part of the SOC examination process, I.S. Partners will perform a Readiness or GAP assessment to:

  • Identify control activities to meet each of your objectives or criteria
  • Determine potential test procedures and evidence available to satisfy each
  • Provide recommendations for greater control activities and/or documentation

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A Proposed New Guidance: SOC for Vendor Supply Chain

As the AICPA continues to explore new ways to help organizations protect their data and internal technology, a SOC for Vendor Supply Chain guidance has been proposed.

The SOC for Supply Chain assurance examination and report would create new criteria to be used when reporting on an entity’s production, manufacturing or distribution system in an effort to clearly understand the cybersecurity risks within their supply chains.

Why the Call for this New Guidance?

As demand for transparent vendor supply chains increases, the development of this new attest service is critical. The SOC for Supply Chain report would provide relevant and reliable information on risk to an organization’s supply chains, thus allowing that organization to mitigate risk.

As organizations continue to rely on technology to assist in their product distribution and manufacturing, risks increase. For example, a cybersecurity attack on a manufacturer’s system could render a significant impact on the user entity of the product.

Intended Users of SOC for Vendor Supply Chain Reports

The discussed report would be most beneficial to the following users:

  • Business customers
  • Business partners
  • Non-regulatory, standard-setting bodies
  • Prospective customer or business partners

How to Manage Your Organization Vendor Supply Chains in the Meantime

While the AICPA continues to refine the exposure draft on SOC for Supply Chain Reports and we anxiously await the final word, we encourage you to reach out to our team to help you prepare. Reach out to one of our specialists today by calling 215-675-1400 or send us a message.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the difference between a Type I audit and a Type II audit?

    A Type I audit results in a report on management’s description of the service organization’s system and the suitability of the design of the controls to achieve the related control objectives included in the description as of a specific date. A Type II audit is the same as a Type I audit but with a report on the operating effectiveness of the controls throughout a specified period.

  • Why is I.S. Partners qualified to perform SOC audits?

    I.S. Partners, LLC is a Certified Public Accounting firm registered with the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) and PCAOB (Public Company Accounting Oversight Board), and is managed by a group of highly-seasoned partners who have vast experience in performing SAS 70 / SSAE 16 / SOC audits, FISMA, HIPAA HITECH, Sarbanes-Oxley (Section 404) management self-assessments, Model Audit Rule compliance, and other specialized information technology audits.


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