KirkpatrickPrice Managing Partner Receives Advanced SOC for Service Organizations Certificate

by Sarah Harvey / January 22nd, 2018

CPA Firm Demonstrates Its Commitment to Performing the Highest-Quality SOC Engagements for Service Organizations

Tampa, FL – KirkpatrickPrice, a licensed CPA firm, today announced that Joseph Kirkpatrick, Managing Partner, has received the recently-developed Advanced SOC for Service Organizations certificate. KirkpatrickPrice specialists continually strive to remain up-to-date on industry trends in order to best help clients keep their organizations safe and secure.

To earn the Advanced SOC for Service Organizations certificate, individuals must demonstrate the ability to evaluate and analyze the core concepts related to planning, leading, performing and reporting on SOC 1 and SOC 2 engagements by completing a rigorous online exam. This exam was developed by leading subject matter experts from the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants.

The Advanced SOC for Service Organizations certificate adds to Joseph Kirkpatrick’s CISSP, CGEIT, CISA, CRISC, and QSA certifications. As Managing Partner, Kirkpatrick has led KirkpatrickPrice to perform high-quality SOC engagements for over 12 years. SOC 1 engagements focus on the controls of a service organization that are relevant to an audit of a user entity’s financial statements as they relate to the AICPA’s Trust Services Criteria, which include security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy of a system. Federal regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, Gramm-Leach-Bliley and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) require corporations to audit the internal controls of their suppliers, including those that provide technology services.

About the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) combines the strengths of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to power opportunity, trust and prosperity for people, businesses and economies worldwide. It represents 650,000 members and students in public and management accounting and advocates for the public interest and business sustainability on current and emerging issues. With broad reach, rigor, and resources, the Association advances the reputation, employability and quality of CPAs, CGMAs, and accounting and finance professionals globally.

About the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

The AICPA is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, with more than 412,000 members in 144 countries, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, and offers specialty credentials for CPAs who concentrate on personal financial planning; forensic accounting; business valuation; and information management and technology assurance. Through a joint venture with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, it has established the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation, which sets a new standard for global recognition of management accounting.

About KirkpatrickPrice

KirkpatrickPrice is a licensed CPA firm, PCI QSA, and a HITRUST CSF Assessor, registered with the PCAOB, providing assurance services to over 600 clients in more than 48 states, Canada, Asia, and Europe. The firm has over 12 years of experience in information security and compliance assurance by performing assessments, audits, and tests that strengthen information security and internal controls. KirkpatrickPrice most commonly provides advice on SOC 1, SOC 2, HIPAA, HITRUST CSF, PCI DSS, GDPR, ISO 27001, FISMA, and CFPB frameworks. For more information, visit, follow KirkpatrickPrice on Twitter (@KPAudit), or connect with KirkpatrickPrice on LinkedIn.