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  • Successful SOC 2 Approaches to Address Fraud Risk

    September 12, 2019, Demarley Holder, Principal, SOC, Coalfire

    Coalfire has found that many SOC 2 clients struggle with addressing COSO Principle 8 (fraud risk considerations) because they innately think only about financial fraud risks. Many clients do not understand that fraud risks depend on the nature of the business and the environment in which the business operates and as such they do not extend their paradigm to consider non-financial fraud risks.

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  • Tax Time Again: IT Security for Accounting Firms

    April 04, 2019, Jeff Cook, Principal, SOC Practice, Coalfire, CPA, CITP, CIPT, CISA

    As the end of another busy tax season approaches, it is important for accounting firms to remember their obligations related to data security. Accounting firms maintain a significant amount of data on behalf of their own employees and clients. These firms house financial records, tax information, corporate intellectual property, legal documents, healthcare records, and/or other privacy information, all of which is valuable to cybercriminals. This data can be used for ransom, filing fraudulent tax returns, or sold on the dark web. Should this occur, firms could face a loss of reputation, clients, and money. In the months leading up to April, the number of client engagements (and data) increases significantly, in turn, increasing risk.

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  • SOC 2 Type 1 and SOC 2 Type 2 Frequently Asked Questions

    May 09, 2017, Dixon Wright, Managing Principal, SOC

    Coalfire’s SOC Practice Directors Dixon Wright and Jeff Cook recently conducted a webinar on AWS and SOC Reporting, What you need to know. The presentation provided a lot of good points that organizations should know or be prepared for regardless of the technology that is being used. Below you will find a transcript of the Q&A session from the webinar.

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  • SSAE No 18 effective for SOC reports dated May 1, 2017

    February 15, 2017, Jamie Kilcoyne, Managing Director Coalfire Controls

    The AICPA Auditing Standards Board (ASB) announces new changes for SOC reporting under SSAE No. 18 in April 2016. A description of the changes and what it means for service organizations is below.

    The AICPA’s attestation standards contain the requirements and application guidance for performing and reporting on examination, review, and agreed-upon procedures engagements. Since Service Organization Controls (SOC) reports are classified as “examinations”, the attestation standards apply to these engagements.

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  • Would Coalfire Clients benefit from membership with the PCAOB?

    April 28, 2015, Leslie Kaniecki, CPA/CGMA

    Coalfire Controls, LLC (Coalfire) is a registered Certified Public Accounting (CPA) firm registered with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Colorado State Board of Accountancy, as required to issue Service Organization Control (SOC) attestation reports in accordance with AICPA Statements on Standards for Attestations and Engagements (SSAE).  However, Coalfire clients or prospects might wonder why Coalfire is not also registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). It raises the question: would Coalfire’s clients benefit from the firm’s membership with the PCAOB?

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