Regulatory Compliance, Governance and Security

Jul 13 2008   10:15PM GMT

SAS70 Audit Guide | Section 3.0 | What’s in a SAS 70 Report?

Charles Denyer Charles Denyer Profile: Charles Denyer

A SAS70 report can be a daunting undertaking for many service organizations who have never gone through an audit of this type. Developed in 1992 by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). SAS70 Type I and Type II audits are used for examining a service organization’s control environment.

Many companies often ask me what the end deliverable report looks like. Because of the loose flexibility of the auditing standard, I have to caution them that no two reports from different CPA firms for a SAS 70 audit will ever look alike. This is largely based on the fact that the presentation of the audit findings allows CPA firms to illustrate it in any number of ways. However, even with that said, there should be some fundamental topics and areas that need to be included in almost any SAS 70 Type II audit. A good reference would be to examine the SAS70 audit & overview presentation tutorial, which gives readers an excellent example of what is SAS70 and what’s in a report.

Additionally, visit the SAS70 resource guide where you can receive SAS70 sample reports for educational viewing.

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