Audit assists USA.NET clients in achieving control-related needs
DENVER — October 25, 2007 — Top-rated email hosting provider USA.NET announced today that it has completed its fifth consecutive annual SAS 70 Type II audit.
The SAS 70 Type II is widely recognized and demonstrates that USA.NET had an audit of its control activities relating to its Hosted Microsoft Exchange for its clients. It also examines the operational effectiveness of those controls.
The audit was completed by Deloitte and Touche LLP, a U.S. member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and one of the Big 4 accounting firms.
In an era when controls are crucial and control deficiencies can be fatal, businesses using USA.NET for Exchange Hosting have the following benefits:
1. Peace of mind: A client receives an opinion that an annual SAS 70 Type II independent audit internationally recognized and respected – has been performed for USA.NET.
2. A risk management tool: A SAS 70 Type II audit includes not only the examination of controls in place, as in a Type I audit, but also includes an opinion on the operating effectiveness of the controls during a period of time. Companies undergoing an SAS 70 Type II audit are committed to providing clients with information on the effectiveness of their controls throughout the year. USA.NET’s management has always been committed to the design and implementation of industry-leading controls.
3. Time and cost savings: USA.NET assumes the cost of the SAS 70 Type II expense in order to help its clients and their auditors. Clients or their auditors may be able to rely upon the SAS 70 Type II to limit or eliminate the need to audit USA.NET. In addition, USA.NET clients may also be able to use USA.NET’s SAS 70 Type II to help maintain and report their own electronic communications controls, resulting in great time and cost savings.
CUSTOMERS CONFIRM BENEFITS OF AUDITED HOSTED EMAIL PROVIDER
With the recent heightened awareness of operational risk management, potential clients of hosted email providers are more frequently requesting SAS 70 audits from vendors in their RFP process. Such audits provide client companies with a measure of comfort in terms of the security and privacy controls employed by their potential business partners.
According to USA.NET client Matthew Camden, chief information officer for UHY Advisors Inc., one of the world’s leading business advisory, consulting and accounting networks, “When we made the decision to move our email and eMessaging function to a vendor of hosted services, we also decided that an SAS 70 Type II audit would be highly desirable for a firm that wished to partner with our company.
“First, the assurance of audited controls provided a great measure of peace of mind.
“Second, a vendor voluntarily assuming the expense of a SAS 70 Type II audit would be by definition a vendor with the kind of controls and procedures we needed to meet financial audit requirements but also reliable and secure ongoing service.
“Lastly, USA.NET’s having already completed their SAS 70 Type II audit saved us a substantial amount of time, money and other resources.
“It is just one more example of how our company tries as much as possible to leave specialized functions like eMessaging to the experts like USA.NET.”
Cited as the “Top Player” for the hosted business email market for 2006 by The Radicati Group, Inc., USA.NET, The Global eMessaging Service Provider® and a Perimeter eSecurityTM Company, is the only hosting provider that is SAS 70 Type II audited, Microsoft Gold Certified, a member of the Microsoft Technology Adoption Program for Exchange 2007/E14 and winner of the 2006 Microsoft Excellence Award for Exchange Hosting Solutions. USA.NET Unified, Mission Critical eMessaging solutions are modular and infinitely scalable to ensure customers can grow their business without having to invest additional resources, time or capital into their mission-critical messaging infrastructure. More information can be found at www.usa.net or by calling 1.800.653.0179.
About UHY Advisors, Inc.
UHY is one of the world’s leading business advisory, consulting and accounting networks, with teams operating across 189 offices in 57 countries worldwide. Member firms are modern businesses in their respective countries, knowledgeable of local regulations, market practice and cultural norms.
In the global marketplace, UHY member firms offer full service support in every major financial centre worldwide, creating opportunities for extending business interests across all services and sectors.