Today’s security can be demonstrated by compliance, and industry insiders often look to audits as testament to integrity, accountability, and commitment to clients and customers.

As an example, Computer Guidance Corp., www.computerguidance.com, Scottsdale, Ariz., a leading developer of ERP (enterprise resource planning) software solutions for the construction industry, recently completed a report on controls at a service organization relevant to security, availability and confidentiality that provides assurance that controls specific to managed hosted services were suitably designed and operated effectively during the period from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.

The engagement was performed based on the SOC (Service Organization Controls) 2, as defined by the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants), www.aicpa.org, Durham, N.C., Audit.

For Computer Guidance Corp., the completion of the SOC engagement resulted in the late December issuance of an unqualified opinion by the audit firm CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. With the opinion, auditors ensure users of Computer Guidance’s cloud-based hosted eCMS ERP solution that, as a result of rigorous testing, controls related to the security and availability of systems and protection of data were in compliance with design for the engagement period based on control objectives defined by management.

With these reports, companies such as Computer Guidance showcase its commitment to strong internal controls in regard to its cloud-based hosted system solutions and services as evident in this report.

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