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The SSAE16 Auditing Standard

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

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User access reviews are a critical control in almost any IT control framework because they help ensure that users have the appropriate level of access to sensitive data and systems.

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