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SOC for Service Organizations Deep Dive

Attend this two-day webcast to learn how to provide reports user entities and auditors can trust while avoiding common mistakes. Make sure you’re complying with applicable authoritative and interpretive guidance on your next SOC 1® or SOC 2® examination.

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NASBA Field of Study




CPE Credits



Shelby Nelson, Sean Linton


3 months

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 Business & partner 
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Enhance your knowledge of SOC for service organizations examinations!

Why is SOC reporting important?

Outsourcing has become a trend. The use of technology is expanding rapidly. As a consequence, reporting on system and organization controls is becoming more prevalent, as user entities look to experienced service auditors like you to provide reliable reports on controls at service organizations. However, peer review commonly identifies deficiencies related to compliance with the attestation standards in SOC examinations.

Attend this webcast to learn how to provide reports user entities and auditors can trust while avoiding common mistakes.

How can you prevent common missteps in SOC reporting?

  • Familiarize yourself with authoritative and interpretive guidance applicable to SOC 1® and SOC 2® examinations.
  • Apply the guidance appropriately in planning, executing, and reporting on SOC for service organizations examinations.

How will this webcast help?

This webcast dives into key aspects of planning, executing, and reporting on SOC for service organizations examinations. It references applicable guidance and presents several thought-provoking and practical activities. Instructors with significant SOC reporting experience share their knowledge to enable you to perform examinations in compliance with the attestation standards.

What can you do?

Enhance your knowledge and expertise by:

  • listening to our experienced instructors explain important aspects of SOC for service organizations examinations.
  • completing the activities to apply knowledge gained throughout the course.
Who Will Benefit
  • Managers, senior managers, and partners responsible for performing and managing their firms' SOC for service organizations engagements.
  • Senior staff of firms specializing in SOC for service organizations engagements.
Key Topics
  • Overview of SOC services and guidance
  • Types of SOC for service organizations engagements
  • Sections of the report, including the service auditor’s opinion and testing and management’s description and assertion
  • Consideration of subservice organizations, complementary user entity controls, and use of internal audit and specialists
  • Planning considerations related to engagement acceptance and continuance, scoping, risk assessment, and materiality
  • Assessment and documentation of design and operating effectiveness of controls
  • Types of opinions and concluding activities
  • Other topics of interest, such as SOC 2®+ reports, SOC 3® reports, and blockchain implications
Learning Outcomes
  • Identify guidance that affects system and organization controls (SOC) for service organizations engagements.
  • Determine how to avoid common SOC for service organizations pitfalls based on peer review findings.
  • Assess the needs of a service organization to determine the appropriate SOC for service organizations engagement and suitability of criteria.
  • Apply your knowledge and skills in planning, executing, and reporting on a SOC for service organizations examination.
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NASBA Field of Study
Substantial experience performing and managing staff on SOC 1®, SOC 2®, and SOC 3® engagements. Basic knowledge of the 2017 trust services criteria.
This is a digital product. With full paid access the content will be available to you for 3 months after purchase date.
12 hrs
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Shelby Nelson
CISA, CISSP, Cyber SOC, Advanced SOC
As a Principal in Frazier & Deeter’s Process, Risk, Governance (PRG) Practice, Shelby contributes over 23 years of diverse experience in external and internal audit, as well as project and operational risk management. Her career includes responsibility for the successful creation, execution, implementation, optimization and testing of operational and IT controls, as well as specialization in SOC consulting, lecturing and reporting. Shelby has a strong track record of building trusted relationships with all levels of employees, colleagues and clients. Her effective communication, leadership and executive reporting skills strengthen her ability to perform, review and lead client engagements. Shelby has worked with a variety of institutions and industries, assisting clients with reviewing and establishing internal controls over IT environments, regulatory compliance and industry framework assessments. During her career, she has served on an internal financial services leadership council, information technology working group, data governance steering committee and as a SOC examination subject matter expert. Her industry experience encompasses financial services, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, utility, automotive, software as a service and government. From beginning her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, to IT Audit Manager of a global insurance and investment company and then becoming the longest tenured and only female Chief of Staff of a multi-billion dollar investment organization, she understands the importance of internal control, operational, business and investment risk management, communication, compliance, transparency and delivery. Because she has served in these functions, Shelby possesses deep appreciation for the value provided by internal and external auditors as resourceful and trusted advisors to audit boards, business partners and members of executive management. Shelby is also a frequent speaker for professional organizations and client events. She has also served as a SOC2 subject matter expert for the AICPA and is an AICPA Instructor and author of the AICPA SOC for Service Organizations learning curriculum. Active in her community, Shelby is a past recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.
Sean Linton
"Sean brings a wealth of experience to technology consulting. After starting his career in the US Navy, Sean went on to study business and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting. He then spent several years performing financial statement audits with a national firm based in Denver, Colorado. During this period, he found a passion for controls auditing and made the switch from numbers to controls full-time. He has been specializing in SOC 1 and SOC 2 reporting ever since. He enjoys building strong foundations of trust with his clients and strives to implement creative ways to test controls when standard approaches are no longer viable. He brings experience working with a full range of organizations from small investment firms to massive international corporations. Over the years he has performed fieldwork in France, India and Hong Kong with international teams, which has allowed him to become versed in international reporting and compliance frameworks in addition to his strong working-knowledge of US reporting guidance and regulations. Professionally, Sean enjoys training and mentoring colleagues who are new to the profession. In his free time, he harkens back to his Colorado roots searching for outdoor activities such as fishing, canoeing or hiking with his wife and three young children."

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