Ask A-LIGN: What is the difference between a SOC logo and a SOC seal?

By: Scott Price, Managing Partner of A-LIGN  Answer: Misuse of Service Organization Control (SOC) terminology is a common mishap in the marketplace. When it comes to the use of the SOC logo or seal, many tend to assume the terms mean the same thing (six of one, half a dozen of the other), but in reality they are classified as entirely different entities. Let me explain…

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The Applicability and Benefits of a SOC 3 Report

Several of our clients, current as well as prospective have posed a question to us about the applicability of a SOC 3 report and its benefits.  I thought some additional information drawing clarity to the question will be beneficial to others who read this Blog especially for those that have the same question. So what is a SOC 3 report?  A SOC 3 Report is a report on controls at a service organization addressing matters other than financial reporting.  A SOC 3 report is prepared using the AICPA/Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) Trust Services Principles, Criteria, and Illustrations for Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, and Privacy.

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