A-LIGN’s ALTA Best Practices: Engagement Options Guide

American Land Title Association (ALTA) Best Practices: Engagement Options Most people in the industry are confused as to what to do as it comes to ALTA Best Practices assessments and are even more confused when they read so many articles in the press or hear different opinions from industry experts.

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A Breach in the Hull: HIPAA Breach Notification Requirements

If health information is compromised, do you know your organization’s responsibilities related to breach notification of electronic protected health information (ePHI)?  The responsibilities of your organization for breach notification depends on a few items, including: Whether you are a covered entity or a business associate The timing of when the …

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Scaling a New Mountain: A-LIGN Re-imagines its Identity

In 2009, Managing Partner Scott Price and Partner Gene Geiger came together and declared A-lign open for business. Scott had been providing clients with compliance solutions for nearly 20 years. Before starting A-lign, Scott served as co-founder and President of SAS 70 Solutions – the first-ever CPA firm to specialize in...

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It’s Time For An Upgrade: Switching from ISO 27001:2005 to 2013

As a reminder a new version of ISO 27001 has been issued and the deadline for updating your company’s ISO 27001 program from 2005 to 2013 is quickly approaching.  There are some significant changes to ISO 27001 in the newest 2013 edition.  Utilizing the guidelines in ISO …

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How SOC Audits Can Help Save on Errors & Omissions Insurance

As many companies look to reduce costs, one cost that continues to rise as the company grows is Errors and Omissions (E/O) insurance premiums. Both company liability and personal liability of the board of directors and owners is a topic that continues to be a focus of litigation. One of the ways a company can demonstrate they have sound controls over their control environment (which includes the tone at the top, board of directors’ participation, management oversight, etc) is to have a SOC audit conducted by a third-party auditing firm such as A-LIGN. 

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The New Standard: PCI DSS 3.1

On April 15, 2015, The PCI Security Standards Council published the PCI DSS Version 3.1.  Within the update, there were 3 types of changes that were noted.  They included: Clarifications: Clarifies the intents of the requirements.  Additional Guidance: Explanations with the purpose of providing further information on the requirements. Evolving Requirement: Changes to the requirements to keep up with emerging threats and updates within the market.

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Nine Payroll Pain Points

 Dr. Daniel Selby, PhD, CPA, CISA has written a whitepaper for A-LIGN entitled, “Nine Critical Payroll Pain Points and What Payroll Professionals Should Do About Them?”  An excerpt from Dr. Selby’s summary on LinkedIn:

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The Connected World: A Look At Mobile Security?

Smartphones are a truly extraordinary technology.  Like an electronic Swiss Armor Knife, they are seemingly magical devices that provide a ton of services in the palms of our hands.  Each day, it seems, a new feature emerges enabling them to do even more.  Using a smartphone a person can video conference, navigate through the perils of rush hour traffic, and download a new recipe for beef stroganoff, just hopefully not at the same time!

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Relevant Audit Selection for Cloud Providers

Just as in physical storage, cloud service providers are used to store sensitive data.  This can be anything from credit card information to personal information such as social security numbers.  There are three key cloud services:  Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).  The storage of sensitive data will inevitably lead a cloud service provider to need a specific audit performed by a third-party entity, such as A-LIGN, due to legal, regulatory and/or contractual obligations.  It is important for cloud service providers to understand its obligations first when selecting an audit.  

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