As a trusted IT partner, Liberty Center One understands the importance of internal controls and process management. We design and review our processes and procedures to align with the policies set up by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for enterprise level data centers. Plante & Moran, the nation’s 13th largest certified public accounting and business advisory firm, conducts an annual audit on the presence and effectiveness of Liberty’s controls and processes. The standards used for the audit are contained in AICPA’s SSAE 16 – Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements which replaced SAS 70 in 2010. The framework of Liberty’s audit is known as a SOC 2 report which focus on controls related to security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality and privacy.
Plante & Moran’s Type II audit verifies that Liberty’s use of its controls are effective in delivering services to our customers. By using an independent audit to conduct a Type II examination, customers are assured that Liberty has both designed controls that are effective and that these controls are used. Over 150 policy and procedural items are examined and evidence obtained to verify that we do what are policies say.
Liberty makes copies of its full auditor’s report available to customers for use in their internal and external compliance programs. Many customers use these reports to demonstrate their compliance to the SSAE16 standards, reducing their costs of conducting their own audits or to supplement their larger compliance and audit initiatives.
For more information on SSAE16: http://ssae16.com/SSAE16_overview.html