Regulatory Compliance, Governance and Security

Feb 23 2009   1:11AM GMT

What is SAS 70 | A Question I’m Often Asked by Service Organizations



What is SAS 70? For us in the regulatory compliance and Information Technology world, this would be an absurd question. Well, put yourself in the shoes of businesses who work hard everyday, struggling to make ends meet, and then suddenly, they’ve been told they need a SAS 70. A SAS what? I field these calls everyday from the curious minded individuals who have now come to find themselves locked into the regulatory compliance game that many service organizations have come accustomed to.

So, then. What is SAS 70? Well, its an auditing standard put forth the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in 1992, which is used to report on controls placed in operation and (if need be), tests of operating effectiveness. English please, right? Okay, in more simpler terms, its an audit that is used to test a number of controls (i.e., “checks and balances” you should have in place) throughout your organization.

To add to this, there are TWO types of SAS 70 audits; a Type I and a Type II. Most organizations having to comply with and go through a SAS 70 audit ultimately prepare for a SAS 70 Type II audit.

Okay, these are the basics, to learn more, visit the official SAS 70 Resource Guide, where you can learn all you need to know about SAS 70 audits to help answer that ever important question-What is SAS 70?

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