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SSAE 18 Type II (formerly S.A.S. 70)
The Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) n.. 70 is an internationally recognized auditing standard developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) specifically for service providers.
Essentially, such audit standard offers the service providers’ customers a neutral third party validation that the service provider has effective internal controls in place.
There are two types of SSAE 18 audits, both of which offer a report as the primary deliverable. In a Type I audit, the service organization provides a detailed description of internal controls to be examined by the auditor, such as:
The auditor then issues a statement assessing the fairness of that description, as well as an opinion on whether the controls are suitably designed to achieve the objectives included in the description.
A Type II audit takes this an important step beyond. In a Type II audit, the service provider’s controls are tested every six-month to determine if they are in fact operating effectively. A Type II report includes the same assessment as a Type I report, while also adding a thorough description of the tests applied and their results.
SSAE 18 : What it means for our Customers
SSAE 18 has grown in significance in recent years as companies strive to comply with heightened regulatory requirements. Federal legislation enacted in the wake of corporate accounting scandals and by public concern over the security and privacy of personal information has delineated new rules for the handling and reporting of data.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999, and particularly the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 are examples of legislation that have had a strong impact on companies’ auditing and reporting processes.
In addition, the prevalence of outsourcing among today’s businesses further drives the need for SSAE 16 auditing. Sarbanes-Oxley defines corporate responsibility for financial reporting and specifies in section 404 that a company’s management must issue assessments on the effectiveness of their internal controls and procedures.
According to an article written by Christopher L. Schellman, co-founder of SAS 70 Solutions, “Many public companies, as part of their respective efforts to achieve compliance under Section 404, discovered that certain financial reporting controls that they relied upon were actually maintained by outsourced third-party service providers.”
In this situation, to be considered compliant a company must verify that its service provider’s controls, in addition to its own, are effective.
Compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley does not come cheap. A survey conducted by Financial Executive International in 2004 found that the average cost of compliance in the first year with Section 404 was over $3 million.
SSAE 18 auditing can help customers reduce these costs. Instead of sending in their own team of auditors to assess their service providers’ internal controls, which is expensive and time-consuming, customers can provide their auditors with a copy of their service providers’ SSAE 18 audit reports.
By successfully completing a SSAE 18 audit, service providers can offer customers a valuable tool for planning and streamlining the audit of their financial statements.
It is important to note here the distinction between the two types of audits. Many service providers have only obtained a Type I audit, which lacks the level of due diligence offered by a Type II audit. Type I reports do not state whether the controls described by the service provider are operating effectively, as a Type I audit does not include testing of those controls. Therefore, a Type I report cannot offer assurance to a customer’s auditors “that the service provider’s controls actually work.”
HTLC Network SSAE 18 Type II Audit Results
By providing customers with its SSAE 18 Type II audit report, HTLC Network can help them control the costs of regulatory compliance, as well as offer assurance that HTLC Network has established effective internal controls over the hosting of customer data.
For its Type II audit, HTLC Network identified control objectives in the following areas that were then examined and tested by the auditors, including: Control Environment and Objectives / Computer Operations and Processes / Physical Security (Backup & Storage and System Availability)/ Environmental Security / Information Security / Service Organization and Content/ Data Communications/ Customer Access.
A great experience, several months of study, simulations and teamwork comparing multicultural experiences in global payroll planning, organization and audit. The ideal training completion to consolidate and refine international experiences focusing on performance improvement and new global trends to increase efficiency by the latest technologies.
This certification audited by SGS as independent body, by the support of a unified manual linked to the EURA Global Quality Seal (always certified from SGS), has allowed to HTLC a consistent improvement in the level of quality to Clients and at the same time measurement of performance and of the customer satisfaction levels. A necessary preliminary step to automate the whole process inside our GSI/Global Services Interface system, which will gradually integrate Artificial Intelligence virtual operators 'speaking' with our Service Coordinators and consultants and in part with final Clients, allowing a consistent evolution and 'warming up' the cold 'call center' relations Client/Supplier, and at also more time for the consultant to become a real 'Client Concierge'.
The leading European Companies Association for Relocation, Immigration and ancillary services for the Mobility Industry, with over 700 associated companies and intermediaries has fixed very restrictive 'key performance indicators' to ensure that quality of the associated companies will not be subject to compromises and will be audited periodically. EURA is advising to use SGS as worl leader among the independent and international certification bodies.
HTLC Network choice of the combination ISO 9001.2015 + EURA Global quality Seal is a unique choice aiming to calrify that our quality goals are immediate, direct and totally transparent, combined with our ethic code and no fear of investing in technology and improvements to respect the highest levels of international standards.