Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Announces Completion of SOC 2 Data Security Audit

NOVATO, Calif., Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading nationwide accredited background screening firm, today announced that independent auditors conducted a Service Organization Control (SOC) 2SM examination of its operations and issued a SOC 2SM report stating that ESR management maintained effective controls over the security, confidentiality, and privacy of its employee screening system and related data. This comprehensive and independent examination ensures that ESR meets the current high standards set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to protect customer and third-party information. NDB Accountants & Consultants LLP (NDB), a nationally recognized CPA firm specializing in regulatory compliance and consulting services, performed the examination and issued the report.

Having a SOC 2SM report to review is becoming increasingly important to ESR's existing and potential customers seeking assurance about the effectiveness of controls related to the security, confidentiality, and privacy of the systems and information used by ESR to process customers' background check orders. Financial institutions require it, and publicly traded as well as larger private companies are frequently asking for a SOC 2SM report before selecting an outsourced service organization like ESR.

"We are pleased that our SOC 2SM report has shown that ESR has the appropriate controls in place to secure and protect our systems and databases," said Brad Landin, ESR's President. Landin further stated, "ESR undertook the SOC 2 audit to demonstrate our competency in protecting our clients' and their employees' confidential and personally identifiable information from unauthorized access and use. This growing concern in today's digital world needs to be addressed head-on, and ESR is committed to protecting any and all information we use in our background screening services."

The SOC 2 examination of controls at ESR was conducted using stringent criteria established by the AICPA. These internationally recognized standards address technological advances and associated risks including cloud services not covered in the now retired SAS 70 standards. The following principles and related criteria used in ESR's SOC 2 examination were developed by the AICPA and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) for use by practitioners in the performance of trust services engagements:

  • Security. The system is protected against unauthorized access (both physical and logical).
  • Confidentiality. Information designated as confidential is protected as committed or agreed.
  • Privacy. Personal information is collected, used, retained, disclosed and destroyed in conformity with the commitments in the entity's privacy notice and with criteria set forth in Generally Accepted Privacy Principles (GAPP) issued by the AICPA and CICA. 

Current and prospective customers wanting more information about ESR's SOC 2SM report may email Thomas Ahearn of ESR at tahearn@esrcheck.com. To read a blog about ESR completing the SOC 2 data security audit, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/wordpress/2014/08/04/employment-screening-resources-completes-soc-2-data-security-audit/.

About Employment Screening Resources® (ESR)

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – The Background Check Authority® – is the only screening provider offering real-time compliant services via its proprietary ESR Assured Compliance® system. ESR is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a distinction held by a small percentage of screening firms. ESR meets the current high standards set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to protect customer and third-party data. And ESR literally wrote the book on background screening with "The Safe Hiring Manual" by Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen now in its second edition. For more information about ESR, please visit www.esrcheck.com, call Toll Free 888.999.4474, or email info@esrcheck.com.

Media Contact: Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR), 888.999.4474, tahearn@esrcheck.com

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