Regulatory Compliance, Governance and Security

Nov 13 2008   2:40AM GMT

SAS 70 Audit Costs and Pricing | What You Need to Know



If your organization is planning on undertaking a SAS 70 audit, be it a Type I or a Type II, then there are some important points you need to learn about SAS 70 audit pricing.

First and foremost, make sure to get a “fixed fee” for the SAS 70 engagement a fixed fee includes all out of pocket, travel, and other miscellaneous expenses that are incurred by the auditor for purposes of conducting the audit. More and more firms are moving to the fixed fee model, so take advantage of this type of pricing.

Second, scope greatly determines the price of the SAS 70 audit, so be sure to properly scope the audit. That means answering the who, what, when, where and why for the audit. Who needs the report and are there any specific requirements they are looking what. What is the audit test period. When will testing be done. Where will testing be done, such as what facilities will be part of the SAS 70 audit scope. These are all important points to cover when assessing scope for a SAS 70 Type I or SAS 70 Type II audit.

To learn more about SAS 70 audits, what is a SAS 70 and to obtain a wealth of information on the auditing standard itself, then visit the official SAS 70 Resource Guide.

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