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TermsAFSL Authorised Representative AICPA Annex A Controls ASIC Attestation of Compliance (AOC) Business Continuity Management Compliance Automation Software Compliance Risk Management Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) FedRAMP Governance Risk & Compliance (GRC) GPDR HIPAA HITRUST Incident Management Information Security Management System (ISMS) ISMS Governing Body ISO 27001 Notifiable Data Breach OAIC Policy Management SOC 1 SOC 2 SOC 3 SOC Reports SOC Trust Services Criteria (TSC) SSAE 16 SSAE 18 Third Party Risk Management Vendor Assessment Vendor Management Policy Vendor Review Vulnerability Vulnerability Management
What is SSAE 16?
The Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16 (SSAE 16) is a set of auditing standards and guidance published by the Auditing Standards Board (ASB) of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Auditors use SSAE 16 as a guide when creating two specific audit reports: The first is a snapshot to reflect the status of an organization's controls on a particular day, and the second is to incorporate historical data that reflects how controls have changed over time. Auditing standards, like SSAE 16, are used by auditors to guide the discovery of controls, including security controls, in all types of organizations, such as data centers, internet service providers (ISPs) and other entities that incorporate information security controls. The use of such standards is important in order to help both organizations and auditors in demonstrating information security compliance with regulations, such as Sarbanes-Oxley.
Clients use the SSAE 16 standard to pursue a SOC 1 report.