What is a SOC 1 Report?

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When you’ve finished your SOC 1 audit, you’ll receive a SOC 1 report that begins with an opinion letter that’s issued by an independent certified public accountant. This opinion letter will include the following…
- The scope of the engagement
- What the service organization’s responsibilities were
- An opinion on the design of the controls
- The description of the controls that management provided
- An opinion on whether or not the controls were in place and operating effectively
- The auditor’s final opinion on the effectiveness of an organization’s internal controls
In addition to the opinion letter, the report will also include a description of the tests conducted throughout the audit as well as an analysis of exceptions to the effectiveness of internal controls.

Once you’ve received your SOC 1 report, you might wonder, “What’s next? How can I use this report?” If you pursued SOC 1 compliance because a client requested it, you’ll provide this audit report to their auditors for review. If you proactively pursued SOC 1 compliance without being asked for it, there’s many ways to leverage your compliance efforts to give your organization a competitive advantage.

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