Successful completion of SAS 70 Type I or SAS 70 Type II audit reports should start with undertaking a SAS 70 Readiness Assessment. A readiness assessment is an important part of the audit process in that it helps identify weaknesses, gaps, and deficiencies within your organization’s control environment. Many organizations unfortunately rush into a SAS 70 Type I or Type II audit, and as a result, suffer the consequences of ill-planning and mismanagement. The result? More time, fees, and man hours are put into the audit, which in all actuality, really shouldn’t of been if they had started off with a readiness assessment.
Furthermore, some firms even offer free SAS 70 Readiness Assessment questionnaires for helping your organization prepare and undertake the audit itself. What’s more, quality CPA firms can develop templates that are highly customized to your specific industry, thus adding even more value to the SAS 70 Readiness Assessment phase. As the old saying goes, you crawl before you walk, it’s wise to conduct a SAS 70 Readiness Assessment before embarking on the actual audit process.
To learn more about SAS 70 audits, visit the official SAS 70 Resource Guide, where you can obtain a wealth of information on SAS 70 audits.