Valor achieves SOC 1 Type 1 and Type 2 certification

Valor SOC 1 Type 1 & 2 Certifications

In today’s digital age, where information security and data protection are paramount, organizations across the globe are increasingly required to demonstrate their commitment to these principles. One of the key ways businesses can showcase their adherence to high standards of security and data management is through a Service Organization Control (SOC) audit.

In a move to underscore our unwavering commitment to security, data protection, and client trust, Valor is proud to have successfully achieved both SOC 1 Type 1 and SOC 1 Type 2 audits and certifications. This milestone is a testament to the rigorous standards we uphold in managing our clients’ assets and the emphasis we place on maintaining a secure and trustworthy environment. Valor aims to provide our current and prospective clients with the highest level of assurance regarding our control environments. Achieving both Type 1 and Type 2 certifications not only demonstrates our capability to design effective controls but also affirms their operational effectiveness over time. It’s a clear indicator of the value we place on building and maintaining trust, showcasing our leadership in setting industry standards for data protection and client service.

But what exactly is a SOC audit, and how do SOC 1 Type 1 and SOC 1 Type 2 audits differ? Let’s dive into these questions to provide a better understanding.

What is a SOC Audit?

A SOC audit is a standardized procedure for evaluating the extent to which a service organization conducts its business in accordance with certain trust principles. These principles revolve around security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy of the system used to process users’ data. Conducted by independent auditors, SOC audits result in a report that provides valuable information regarding the effectiveness of a service organization’s controls related to these principles.

SOC audits are categorized into three types: SOC 1, SOC 2, and SOC 3, each serving different purposes and audiences. SOC 1 audits, specifically, focus on the controls at a service organization that may impact clients’ financial reporting. This type of audit is crucial for the service organization’s clients who need assurance about the security and processing integrity of the data managed by the service provider.

SOC 1 Type 1 vs. SOC 1 Type 2

When we talk about SOC 1 audits, it’s essential to understand the distinction between Type 1 and Type 2 reports, as they serve different objectives and offer varying levels of insight into the organization’s controls.

SOC 1 Type 1

A SOC 1 Type 1 audit is a snapshot of the service organization’s systems and the suitability of the design of its controls at a specific point in time. This type of report assesses whether the service organization’s controls are properly designed to achieve the desired objectives. However, it does not evaluate the effectiveness of these controls over a period of time. The main purpose of a SOC 1 Type 1 report is to provide assurance about the control design to the service organization’s clients and their auditors.

SOC 1 Type 2

In contrast, a SOC 1 Type 2 audit is more comprehensive. It not only assesses the suitability of the design of controls but also evaluates the operational effectiveness of those controls over a defined review period, typically no less than six months. This type of report provides an in-depth analysis of the service organization’s controls, including detailed testing of the controls’ effectiveness over time. A SOC 1 Type 2 report is particularly valuable for clients and their auditors because it offers assurance that the controls are not only appropriately designed, but also consistently applied.

Both SOC 1 Type 1 and SOC 1 Type 2 audits play crucial roles in the landscape of information security and financial reporting. While a Type 1 audit provides a snapshot of control design at a specific point in time, a Type 2 audit offers a more detailed and ongoing assessment of control effectiveness.

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