SOC Frequently Asked Questions

As one of the region’s largest providers of high-quality SOC reports, we have compiled a library of responses to the questions we are asked nearly every day. We’re happy to share our insights, questions include:

What are SOC Reports?

System and Organization Controls (SOC) reports, formerly Service Organization Control reports, are examinations provided by CPAs in connection with system-level controls of a service organization or entity-level controls at other organizations. These engagements are performed in accordance with Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 18, which is a professional standard promulgated by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). 

Who needs a SOC Report?

A SOC report is often requested by organizations (user entities) that receive significant services from a service organization and the user entities’ auditors (user auditors). 

What are the types of SOC Reports?
  • SOC 1, SOC 2 - SOC for Service Organizations: Trust Services 
  • SOC 2® CSA STAR Attestation
  • SOC 3 - SOC for Service Organizations: Trust Services Criteria for General Use Report
  • SOC for Cybersecurity
  • SOC for Supply Chain
What are the benefits of obtaining a SOC 2 Report?

Obtaining a SOC 2 report differentiates the service organization from its peers by demonstrating the establishment of effectively designed internal corporate governance and oversight and allows customers, stakeholders – or both – to gain confidence and place trust in the service organization’s system. 

How does a service organization prepare for a SOC Report?

Prior to undergoing a SOC examination, an organization should engage a CPA firm to perform a SOC Readiness Assessment. SOC Readiness Assessments are designed to assist organizations in assessing their preparedness for a SOC examination. 

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