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Breaking into Information Security by Chris Liu, Anthony J. Stieber, Josh More

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Chapter 3.8

Tier 3—Lateral: CPA

Abstract

Only CPAs can perform the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements number 16 (SSAE-16), which is a more stringent form of the standardized SAS-70 reporting process form of external audit that involves security and privacy analysis of a business for its customers. This is often done by commercial data centers and other hosting providers, but is becoming more common in general business-to-business service providers.

Keywords

CPA
SSAE-16
SAS-70
external audit
reporting
hosting providers
business-to-business

Introduction

What is Certified Public Accountant (CPA) doing in this list of information security roles?
It’s a fair question. The answer is four simple letters—SSAE. The Statement on Standards ...

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