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Brier & Thorn Successfully Completes SOC 2 Attestation Engagement Related to the Design and Effectiveness of its Internal Security Controls


Brier & Thorn Upholds Commitment to Customer Data Protection in its Global Managed Security Services Practice

San Diego, CA – May 26, 2016 – Brier & Thorn, Inc., a global leader in IT risk management today announced the receipt of its Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type II attestation engagement report, providing independent validation by a PCAOB-registered certified public accounting firm, that Brier & Thorn’s internal security controls are in accordance with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ applicable Trust Services Principles and Criteria.

The trust service principle Brier & Thorn was examined against was around the security of the data received, processed, and stored as part of its managed security services practice, which ensures the system is protected against unauthorized access, use, or modification.

The type of SOC 2 examination performed opines on Brier & Thorn’s management’s description of a service organization’s system and the suitability of the design and operating effectiveness of controls referred to as “Type 2” reports, with a review period of January 01, 2015 to February 29, 2016. Brier & Thorn will continue to demonstrate its commitment to the security of its customer data through future year’s SOC 2 Type II reporting annually, which will cover the trailing 12 month review period.

Alissa Knight, Group Managing Partner of Brier & Thorn, Inc. states, “the review process illustrates Brier & Thorn’s adherence to the AICPA’s Trust Principles related to security controls and underscores our understanding of the awesome responsibility we have to the security of our customers and their data. Brier & Thorn undergoes independent audits annually to ensure that our information security management system (ISMS) adheres to a continuous feedback loop for improvement in major financial markets where we operate around the world. Today's announcement provides assurance to our global client base that we have the systems and control procedures in place to safeguard their most sensitive data.”

The review process confirmed Brier & Thorn’s adherence to the AICPA's Trust Principles related to security controls. The AICPA created the SOC guidelines to provide an authoritative benchmark for service organizations to demonstrate implementation of proper control procedures and practices. Type II reports include detailed testing of the operational effectiveness of the described systems' security controls.

Alissa Knight goes on to say, “we deliver IT risk management solutions to the global marketplace, including energy, financial services, industrial goods and services, retail, automobile manufacturers, and life sciences, and this report plays a key role in enabling us to deliver transparency to our customers and the industry. In particular, our SOC 2 Type 2 attestation offers our customers one of the highest forms of independent assurance available in the marketplace today. It provides an objective opinion on the design and operating effectiveness of Brier & Thorn’s IT security controls relevant to data protection or regulatory compliance matters.”

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Alissa Knight
Phone: (858) 381-4977 x1001
Email: alissa.knight@brierandthorn.com

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