SharePoint Host AIS Network Completes SSAE 16 Type II Audit

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SharePoint hosting provider AIS Network (http://www.aisn.net) has announced the successful completion of its SSAE 16 Type II audit.

AIS Network CEO Jay Atkinson

AIS Network CEO Jay Atkinson

Having SSAE 16 certification is essential for anyone hosting SharePoint or managing mission-critical data on behalf of clients that require the most stringent controls.

AIS Network (http://www.aisn.net), a leading SharePoint hosting provider, today announced the successful completion of its SSAE 16 Type II audit, following an independent accounting firm’s exhaustive review and testing of AISN’s infrastructure as well as its internal controls.

SSAE 16 Type II compliance confirms the integrity, reliability and security of AISN’s infrastructure, processes and operations. An SSAE 16 Type II report includes AISN's description of controls as well as the detailed testing of AISN’s controls over a minimum six-month period. AISN’s audit was conducted by the auditing firm KirkpatrickPrice, LLC, which issued a favorable opinion of the company’s controls as part of its attestation.

“Because customer service and operational excellence are hallmarks of AISN, meeting the higher bar set by the new SSAE 16 standard has been an important goal for us this year,” said AISN CEO Jay Atkinson.

“Increasingly more customers are responding to regulatory mandates to require documented controls, security policies and procedures relating to information technology. We believe that having SSAE 16 certification is essential for anyone hosting SharePoint or managing mission-critical data on behalf of clients that require the most stringent controls."

The Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16 (SSAE 16) is a new standard created by the Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The SSAE 16 standard replaces the Statement on Auditing Standards No. 70 (SAS 70) and better aligns with the international audit standard, ISAE 3402.

“AISN has now completed the SSAE 16 Type II audit,“ said Joseph Kirkpatrick, managing partner at KirkpatrickPrice, LLC. “The new standard, which replaced SAS No. 70, is applicable to the services AISN is providing to its clients. The Service Organization Control (SOC) Report we issued will provide assurance on the operating effectiveness of AISN’s controls."

AISN was previously certified as SAS 70 Type II compliant. For the SSAE 16 Type II certification, the company was audited extensively in the following key areas:

  •     Security
  •     Availability
  •     Confidentiality
  •     Processing integrity
  •     Privacy

“AISN clients have known for years that our dedicated hosting experts and support staff are second to none in the industry,” said Atkinson. “We have been SAS 70-compliant for a number of years, and this successful, more stringent audit provides strong third-party validation yet again that AISN maintains the highest level of controls and safeguards.”

With network operations centers in Chicago and the Washington, DC metropolitan area, the 18-year-old AISN is recognized as a pioneer in managed hosting.

About AIS Network
AIS Network takes SharePoint to the cloud. AISN clients no longer maintain SharePoint servers in their office, because we secure and care for those servers 24x7x365 in world-class, disaster-resistant facilities and ensure their capacity grows with the client’s business. Fully managed hosting is what we do best, and AISN has been delivering it in the form of managed, cloud and applications hosting since 1993. Unlike many hosting companies, AISN, a SSAE 16 Type II-certified organization, personalizes client service at every level, inspiring full confidence that mission-critical data, applications and email are in reliable hands. Visit http://www.aisn.net.

About KirkpatrickPrice, LLC
KirkpatrickPrice is a licensed CPA firm, registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. By specializing in SSAE and security audit services, the firm offers efficient expertise with relevant skills and qualifications for engagements governed by the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16. The firm’s employees are certified with CPA, CISA, CISSP and other certifications critical to the audit process. Visit http://www.kirkpatrickprice.com.

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