(Liberty Lake, WA) – June 12, 2012 – TierPoint, the premier carrier-class and carrier-neutral Data Center services provider in the Inland Northwest, has announced that their data center operations in Liberty Lake, Washington have successfully renewed their SSAE 16 Type II audit. The audit covered all of the TierPoint data centers and services, including Colocation, Cloud Computing, and Managed Services.
The Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) No. 70 was a widely recognized auditing standard developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) which has been in place since 1992 and was replaced by SSAE 16 last year. The Statement on Standard for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16 was formally issued in April 2010 with the intent of updating the US service organization reporting standard (i.e. SAS 70) so that it mirrors and complies with the new international service organization reporting standard (ISAE 3402).
“The SSAE 16 standard requires service organizations, like TierPoint, to provide a description of their ‘system’, which is essentially the services provided, along with the supporting processes, policies, procedures, personnel and operational activities that our customers ultimately care about,” remarked Octavio Morales, TierPoint’s COO and General Manager. “Whereas the historical SAS 70 audit required a description of the organization’s ‘controls’, the SSAE 16 description of a ‘system’ is generally regarded as more in-depth and comprehensive than the SAS 70 requirement.”
“Continuing with the Type II framework demonstrates to our customers and prospective customers that we are doing what it takes to test and audit our systems in order to deliver absolutely the best infrastructure services for their organizations,” continued Morales. “The report should give our customers’ comfort that the processes and procedures behind the services they receive have been audited and tested by an independent third party, with no exceptions noted across the board.”
SSAE 16 engagements are generally performed by audit, risk, and control oriented professionals who have experience in accounting, auditing, and information security. A SSAE 16 engagement allows a service organization to have its control policies and procedures evaluated and tested (in the case of a Type II engagement) by an independent party. Very often this process results in the identification of opportunities for improvements in many operational areas.
For more information on SSAE 16, please visit http://www.ssae16.com/.
TierPoint has rapidly become the premier carrier-class and carrier-neutral Data Center services provider in the Inland Northwest. TierPoint empowers businesses with mission critical availability, security and reliability by offering a complete suite of best in class Data Center Services, including Cloud Computing, Colocation, Internet Bandwidth and Network Connectivity, Hosting, Managed Security, and Data Backup and Restoration Services to customers throughout the region – allowing customers to leverage TierPoint’s infrastructure to optimize their business objectives. The TierPoint team holds several industry and vendor certifications from companies such as Cisco, Dell, VMware, Microsoft, Fortinet, Aruba, eIQ Networks and organizations such as ISC2, and CompTIA.
For more information on TierPoint, please contact us at (509) 688-2555, or visit our website at www.tierpoint.com.