Think of your auditing firm like you would a long-term business partner. They are someone you will work with year after year, and they will be an integral part of setting the stage for your organization’s success. As such, the act of selecting the appropriate assessor shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here are several key qualities your organization should look for when choosing an auditing firm:
The Right Qualifications
Naturally, make sure the auditing firm you’re scouting looks good on paper. Ask for proof of their training and qualifications that certify them to perform the assessments your organization requires. They should have an external auditor certification and certified public accountant (CPA) licensure. It is rare to find a firm that is a globally licensed PCI Qualified Security Assessor, an ISO Certification Body and a FedRAMP 3PAO, in addition to a CPA and external auditor. If you find one—don’t let them get away!