By Scott M. McAuliffe, CPA, CISA, CFE | Risk Advisory Services Partner
How Social Distancing is Influencing Emerging Business
According to figures from the US Business Formation Statistics (BFS), since 2018 there are approximately 800 – 900 thousand business applications submitted each quarter. However, in the third quarter of 2020, there were nearly 1.6 million business applications submitted. With the onset of the pandemic, it appears that entrepreneurs are trying to quickly capitalize on providing products and services to meet the demands of a socially distant population. According to a Forbes article from April 2020, the 4 Business Trends Emerging From COVID-19 are:
- Mobile Commerce and No-Touch Alternate Payment Options
- Leveraging Software
- Expanded Opportunities Using Automation
- Demand For Faster Delivery
A look at the Inc. 5000 2020 List that details the 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America shows that close to 1500 of the companies are in the Software, IT Systems Development, IT Management, IT Services, Healthcare, and Telecommunications industries.
With these trends and many of these companies being third-party service providers that can impact their customers financial reporting and/or have access to their customers’ data, we have seen a rise in the companies being asked to provide SOC reports to their customers.
What is an SOC Report?
A SOC report, which is issued by a CPA firm, provides assurances related to internal controls over financial reporting (SOC 1) or controls over data security, system availability, system processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy (SOC 2).
Emerging businesses that are working in industries such as Software, IT Systems Development, IT Management, IT Services, Healthcare, and Telecommunications could find themselves having to scramble because of requirements in a prospective customer’s RFPs or contract terms for a System and Organization Controls (SOC) Report.
For emerging businesses that want to learn more about SOC reports, Keiter has developed a SOC report blog series that can provide valuable insights on SOC reports and the process of getting a SOC audit.
Source: Becker’s Hospital Review
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