What does the industry say about CPA firms working with SaaS platforms like ByteChek?

In short, they’re OK with it. The industry calls this relationship “the use of an IT specialist.” The formal language states that “The auditor should evaluate whether the auditor’s specialist has the necessary competence, capabilities, and objectivity for the auditor’s purposes. In the case of an auditor’s external specialist, the evaluation of objectivity should include inquiry regarding interests and relationships that may create a threat to the objectivity of the auditor’s specialist. (AU-C 620.09).”

I read that the most important part of SOC 2 is the pre-audit phase, is that true?

Don’t get us wrong. Pre-audit is important. But collecting evidence and remediating gaps is just the beginning. The reporting process with your independent CPA firm is just as important – possibly more important. Our experience in this industry taught us how important reporting is, which is why our affiliate and independently owned CPA firm, ByteChek Assurance exists. The ByteChek Assurance team can perform your SOC 2 examination seamlessly and efficiently utilizing the ByteChek SaaS Assessment platform eliminating the back and forth with auditors that don’t understand the technology you are using.

ByteChek's platform helps companies of all sizes establish security programs, automate cybersecurity readiness assessments, and complete cyber security assessments faster – all from a single platform.

With ByteChek, companies can quickly build their information security policy from the ground up utilizing the ByteChek information security policy generator. The ByteChek platform then connects with the applications companies use every day to eliminate evidence collection and vague auditor requests.