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SOC 2:  Breaking Down the Report

Posted by Michael Thilker, CPA, CITP, Senior Manager on Apr 24, 2020 10:00:00 AM
SOC 2:  Breaking Down the Report

In the previous blogs of this series, several aspects of SOC examinations were explored.  This portion will include an in depth look at the contents of a SOC 2 report.

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Topics: Not-for-Profits, For-Profit Entities, Professional Services, Healthcare, SOC Suite

SOC for Cybersecurity:  Breaking Down the Report

Posted by Michael Thilker, CPA, CITP, Senior Manager on Apr 17, 2020 10:00:00 AM
SOC for Cybersecurity:  Breaking Down the Report

In the previous blogs in this series, several aspects of SOC examinations were explored.  This portion will include an in depth look at the contents of a SOC for Cybersecurity report.

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Topics: Not-for-Profits, For-Profit Entities, Professional Services, Healthcare, SOC Suite

How Can an SOC Report be Crafted to Meet the Needs of My Organization?

Posted by Michael Thilker, CPA, CITP, Senior Manager on Apr 10, 2020 10:00:00 AM
How Can an SOC Report be Crafted to Meet the Needs of My Organization?

In the second blog of this series, ‘What is the ROI of a SOC Report?’,' the benefits of a SOC examination were discussed.  Now that you know the value of SOC examinations, we we will cover the process and duration of getting a SOC engagement.

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Topics: Not-for-Profits, For-Profit Entities, Professional Services, Healthcare, SOC Suite

What is the ROI of a SOC Report?

Posted by Michael Thilker, CPA, CITP, Senior Manager on Apr 3, 2020 10:00:00 AM
What is the ROI of a SOC Report?

The first blog in this series ‘What is the ROI of a SOC report?’  asked the question: When your company suffers a cyber-attack, do you know what to do?

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Topics: Not-for-Profits, For-Profit Entities, Professional Services, Healthcare, SOC Suite

How Can My Organization Benefit from SOC 2 vs. SOC for Cybersecurity?

Posted by Michael Thilker, CPA, CITP, Senior Manager on Mar 27, 2020 10:00:00 AM
How Can My Organization Benefit from SOC 2 vs. SOC for Cybersecurity?

With every passing day, more headlines emerge about cyberattacks compromising a seemingly endless array of entities. This problem seems as though it is only getting worse as individuals, corporations, and governments find themselves increasingly vulnerable to sophisticated attacks on their data and resources. The paradigm is changing from ‘if’ an entity will suffer an attack, to ‘when’ will the attack happen?

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Topics: Not-for-Profits, For-Profit Entities, Professional Services, Healthcare, SOC Suite

Tips for Securing Internet of Things (IoT) Devices

Posted by Michael Thilker, CPA, CITP, Senior Manager on Jan 14, 2020 2:59:40 PM
Tips for Securing Internet of Things (IoT) Devices

Internet-connected devices or Internet of Things (IoT) devices are popular holiday gifts. Now that the holidays are over, our shiny new tablets, phones, smart TVs, watches, and toys are providing hours of entertainment. Before the boxes and instruction manuals are long gone, it is the perfect time to make sure they are secure! These devices usually require personal and/or financial information to complete setup, which includes sending that information over the internet. Without thinking about it, we put in a credit card number or create a password in our haste to play with our new toy or satisfy an impatient child. Security of this sensitive information now resides with the manufacturer or service provider who is charged with keeping it safe from a cyberattack. Attacks and breaches happen every day and are frequently in the news.

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Topics: Government Entities, Not-for-Profits, For-Profit Entities, Funeral Homes, Construction, Professional Services, Healthcare, Federal Services

Time To Revisit Your Mobile Security Policy

Posted by Michael Thilker, CPA, CITP, Senior Manager on Mar 21, 2019 2:00:00 PM
Time To Revisit Your Mobile Security Policy

Do your employees use smart phones for their jobs? Are they processing payments, looking up information, and contacting customers online? If so, you need to up your security game, and make sure that your security architecture includes your employees’ smart phones. Here are some issues you could encounter, and how to solve them:

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Topics: Government Entities, Not-for-Profits, For-Profit Entities, Funeral Homes, Construction, Professional Services

There's Never a Bad Time to Review your Internal Controls

Posted by Michael Thilker, CPA, CITP, Senior Manager on Sep 20, 2018 11:00:00 AM
There's Never a Bad Time to Review your Internal Controls

As a small business owner, it can be easy to neglect internal controls in your business. You’re running a small company, and you probably know your co-workers well. You may even hang out on weekends. However, that doesn’t mean that every employee should have access to all of your business systems, and nowhere is that more true than your accounting system.

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Topics: Government Entities, Not-for-Profits, For-Profit Entities, Funeral Homes, Construction

Alert: Major Changes Made to Not-for-Profit Reporting Requirements

Posted by Michael Thilker, CPA, CITP, Senior Manager on Aug 24, 2018 2:00:00 PM
Alert: Major Changes Made to Not-for-Profit Reporting Requirements

If you are involved in any 501(c)(3) organization, you’ll want to read this information carefully. Soon you will no longer need to disclose the names and addresses of your donors on Schedule B of Form 990 or Form 990-EZ. Public information on 501(c) organizations will still be available. This includes information on whether one or two donations are significantly larger than other contributions to the organization.

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Topics: Not-for-Profits