Controls reports are essential to gain a competitive advantage. Partner organisations across a range of sectors increasingly demand assurance that their suppliers have the right controls in place. With a clear report, you can give them confidence in your operations.
When clients outsource services to your business, they have many considerations and risks to manage. It is crucial they feel totally confident that your organisation applies effective systems and controls to ensure customers are protected from any risk.
Organisations increasingly demand controls assurance from their partners. Whether your business is relatively new or has been established for many years, a high-quality, industry-specific controls report can be a powerful tool to signal your commitment to mitigating risk. It can differentiate you from your competitors and save you time and money.
We will work alongside you to help you gain the most from your controls reporting.
A tailored approach to controls reports
Controls assurance reports are typically completed in line with ISAE or AAF, or SOC standards in the US. These standards are issued by different regulatory bodies but deliver similar requirements for service organisations and the service auditor.
Our approach and experience set us apart. Our controls assurance team will work with you to determine which report best demonstrates your commitment to internal controls, security and data protection. We then support you to develop a rigorous and clear report.
Our team can also work with you to identify controls and operational recommendations before we carry out the formal controls audit. Where appropriate, we will suggest solutions that reduce your compliance cost.
Regardless of your organisation’s size or industry, we can help you navigate the potential challenges of controls reporting and clearly communicate your commitment to internal controls, both to your clients and their auditors.
How RSM’s controls assurance team can help you
RSM’s dedicated controls assurance service team includes reporting accountants and brings together specialists in business process risk and technology risk.
We can support you in the following three areas.
During this assessment, we provide:
- insight into the requirements, approach to meeting the standards, and requirements to complete a controls assurance report;
- an overview of the challenges and solutions in delivering a controls assurance programme;
- recommendations for your report template to prepare for your future attestation report; and
- an initial assessment of the control framework and opportunities for improvement in controls.
We will complete audit procedures and test controls design at a time that suits your business. This is often called first report, as we use it to guide the second one below.
Controls report for annual report
With this option, we complete audit procedures and test the operational controls design for your annual report.
We can work with you to develop a tailored controls assurance framework that aligns to your business objectives and complies with your regulatory requirements.
The RSM difference
With RSM, you can be confident you’re working with a knowledgeable, dedicated team with years of controls assurance reporting experience. Our client-focused approach helps ensure your controls assurance is handled efficiently with minimum disruption to your business.
For more information about our controls assurance services, please contact Jed Turnbull or Shingo Soga.