What Is A SOC 2 Auditor?

A SOC 2 auditor is a certified public accountant (CPA) who is also certified to perform SOC 2 audits. The CPA and SOC 2 auditor requirements are overseen by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants AICPA. This organization also developed and oversees the System and Organization Controls (SOC) requirements on which SOC 2 and other variants are based. Those requirements define the controls, or policies, procedures, and processes necessary to achieve and sustain compliance with sets of SOC recommendations.

The auditor leads SOC 2 audit procedures and oversees creation of the resulting report. Independent verification of SOC 2 compliance by a certified, experienced auditor is essential to validate your business is doing enough to protect its information systems and customer data.

Auditor certification requirements span education, examination, and experience. Each candidate must complete 150 semester hours of education, then pass a rigorous examination. Each passing candidate must then work under a certified CPA for one to two years before applying for certification. Once certified, an auditor must complete at least 40 hours of continuing education before applying for renewal of their license.

How Trustero Can Help

Trustero Compliance as a Service (CaaS) is cloud-based, easy-to-use compliance automation software. It is designed to simplify SOC 2 audit readiness and enable continuous compliance.

For example, the Trustero platform includes auditor-approved controls and auditor-vetted policy templates. In addition, it performs automated evidence gathering and validity testing. And it provides AI-powered recommendations for manual evidence gathering and testing. Trustero CaaS also integrates with leading Software as a Service (SaaS) tools and platforms. These features help make SOC 2 audits and creation of SOC reports easier and faster, for you and your auditor.

The Trustero solution constantly monitors your technology infrastructure and can notify administrators when an element falls out of SOC 2 compliance. In addition, Trustero Compliance as a Service reports on your compliance posture, regularly and on demand. These and other features help you achieve and sustain continuous compliance with SOC 2, and make future audits easier and less disruptive.

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