This updated and improved guide is designed to help accountants effectively perform SOC 1® engagements under AT-C section 320, Reporting on an Examination of Controls at a Service Organization Relevant to User Entities’ Internal Control Over Financial Reporting, of Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 18, Attestation Standards: Clarification and Recodification. With the growth in business specialization, outsourcing tasks and functions to service organizations has become increasingly popular, increasing the demand for SOC 1 engagements.
This guide will help:Gain a deeper understanding of the requirements and guidance in AT-C section 320 for performing SOC 1 engagements. Obtain guidance from top CPAs on how to implement AT-C section 320 and address common and practice issues. Provide best in class services related to planning, performing, and reporting on a SOC 1 engagement. Successfully implement changes in AT-C section 320 arising from the issuance of SSAE 18, which is effective for reports dated on or after May 1, 2017. Determine how to describe the matter giving rise to a modified opinion by providing over 20 illustrative paragraphs for different situations. Understand the kinds of information auditors of the financial statements of user entities need from a service auditor's report. Implement the requirement in SSAE No. 18 to obtain a written assertion from management of the service organization. Organize and draft relevant sections of a type 2 report by providing complete illustrative type 2 reports that include the service auditor’s report, management’s assertion, the description of the service organization’s system, and the service auditor’s description of tests of controls and results. Develop management representation letters for SOC 1 engagements.