When you entrust your company’s data and applications to a data center facility, you’ll want to ensure that the facility is prepared to offer you the highest standard of reliability.
When the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) certifies an organization or a data center through their internationally recognized auditing standards, it is a shining testament to that organization’s or data center’s dependability.
Introducing SSAE 16
For a long time, the AICPA’s SAS 70–level certification represented the gold standard in reliability, but there’s a new sheriff in town. In April 2010, the AICPA Auditing Standards Board issued a new certification: the long awaited Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16, Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization.
What does that all mean? It means that an SSAE 16–certified organization or data center has achieved the most updated standard of reliability. Considered a “21st century version” of the previous Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS 70), SSAE 16 was chosen as a result of CPAs providing attestations on subject matter other than the fairness of the presentation of financial statements.
It is expected that SSAE 16 will be formally issued in June 2010 with an effective date of June 15, 2011. While there is still a year until the official effective date, earlier implementation is permitted.
Why SSAE 16?
SSAE 16 was drafted with the intention and purpose of updating the US service organization reporting standard so that it mirrors and complies with the new international service organization reporting standard—ISAE 3402.
This all adds up to world class reliability, which is nothing less than your company deserves. To learn more, request a tour of a VISI data center.