SOC 1 – SSAE 16 Type II Audit

designDATA 2015 SOC1-SSAE16 Type 2 Audit


2015 SOC-Service Org_B_Marks_2c_WebGaithersburg, MD, July 1, 2015 - designDATA announces the successful completion of our third annual SOC1-SSAE16 audit.

Congratulations to the designDATA team for successfully completing the 2015 SOC 1 - SSAE 16 Type II Audit.

The audit covered our data center, operations, SysAdmin, monitoring, and IT services teams.  Conducted by an independent service auditing firm, a SOC 1- SSAE-16 type II audit reports on the description of a service organization’s system and the suitability of the design and operating effectiveness of the controls. The independent auditor examined our setup for processing users’ transactions, and examined how closely the design of our systems are complementing and achieving our objectives of security and controls.

We provided a rigorous set of control objectives and identified risks that threatened the realization of these security goals; then we created a set of criteria to implement in order to achieve these goals. The independent auditors conducted this examination using the attestation standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. At the end of this period, designDATA was summarily evaluated and passed without a single exception to any of our controls.  This is our third year consecutive year conducting this audit and our third perfect result.

Most companies who conduct these audits are very large businesses.  designDATA is not.  Why did we choose to undergo such a thorough evaluation? At designDATA we are committed to a standard of excellence that goes above and beyond the typical Managed Services Provider. We want our customers to know that we are dedicated to the security of their information and the performance of our controls, and that we volunteer to undergo these exacting evaluations so that they can have complete assurance that partnering with designDATA is in the best interests of their organization.
Completing this audit involved a lot of time and effort from all of our teams, particularly the SysAdmin and IT Architecture groups. Our success would not be possible without their enthusiasm and hard work. We would also like to thank our datacenter partners: ByteGrid, CenturyLink, and Expedient, as well as our fiber optic and metro ethernet connectivity partners: Zayo Group and Allied Telecom.

We publish our audit results publically on our website, and it may be downloaded here.  Questions should be directed to