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Middle States Commission on Higher Education Revised Compliance Verification Requirements - What's New?

In August 2014, we wrote an article regarding the Middle States Commission on Higher Education published guidelines participating in an accreditation-related ... read more >

Sunset of the SysTrust for Service Organization Controls (SOC) Seal Program

The AICPA and CPA Canada announced that the SysTrust and SOC 3 SysTrust for Service Organizations seal programs are being discontinued. The discontinuation ... read more >

AICPA Issues Exposure Draft for Service Organization Control (SOC) 1 Examinations

On September 18, the AICPA issued an exposure draft for the proposed Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE)“Reporting on an Examination ... read more >

Middle States Commission on Higher Education Compliance Verification Requirements - Is Your Institution Ready?

Read the updated article on the revised guidelines here. In 2013, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education published guidelines for institutions ... read more >

Impact of Subservice Organizations to Service Organization Control (SOC) Reports

Customers of organizations that provide outsourced services of critical business functions and/or transaction processing often require the service provider ... read more >

How Do I Get a Service Organization Control Report (SOC)/SSAE 16 Certification?

Have you ever read a press release that indicates that the organization is SSAE 16 or SOC certified? Have you ever wondered how to get your own “certification?” ... read more >

Reflections from SOC School

This year, I had the opportunity to attend the AICPA’s Service Organization Controls (SOC) School. The two-and-a-half-day training was attended by ... read more >

Postcard from Schneider Downs' 2013 Internal Audit Team Meeting and Training

On March 18 and 19, 2013, Schneider Downs’ Internal Audit and Risk Advisory Services (IARAS) professionals held their annual team meeting and training. ... read more >

Points to Consider for Continuous Auditing

Designing and implementing a continuous audit program may be on your organization’s to-do list. Here are some points to consider to ensure that such ... read more >

Preparing for a Service Organization Control (SOC) Report : Establishing the Examination Requirements and Preparation Tactics


By Heather Haemer

A SOC examination (SOC 1/SSAE 16, SOC 2 and SOC 3) is often requested by organizations (“user entities”) that receive significant services ... read more >