System and Organization Controls (SOC) 1 Type 2
SOC 1 Type 2 overview
System and Organization Controls (SOC) for Service Organizations are internal control reports created by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). They're intended to examine services provided by a service organization so that end users can assess and address the risk associated with an outsourced service.
A SOC 1 Type 2 attestation is performed under:
- SSAE No. 18, Attestation Standards: Clarification and Recodification, which includes AT-C section 320, Reporting on an Examination of Controls at a Service Organization Relevant to User Entities' Internal Control Over Financial Reporting (AICPA, Professional Standards).
- SOC 1 Reporting on an Examination of Controls at a Service Organization Relevant to User Entities’ Internal Control Over Financial Reporting (AICPA Guide).
The SOC 1 attestation has replaced SAS 70, and it is appropriate for reporting on controls at a service organization relevant to user entities internal controls over financial reporting. A Type 2 report includes auditor’s opinion on the control effectiveness to achieve the related control objectives during the specified monitoring period.
Azure and SOC 1 Type 2
Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365, and other Microsoft cloud services undergo regular independent third-party audits for SOC 1 Type 2 compliance. For more information, see the Azure SOC 1 Type 2 attestation report. Aside from the AICPA Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements 18 (SSAE 18), the Azure SOC 1 Type 2 audit is conducted in accordance with the International Standard on Assurance Engagements No. 3402 (ISAE 3402).
- Azure Government
Services in scope
For a list of Microsoft cloud services in audit scope, see the Azure SOC 1 Type 2 attestation report or Cloud services in audit scope:
- Dynamics 365
- Microsoft 365
- Power Platform
For Azure DevOps, see the standalone Azure DevOps SOC 1 Type 2 attestation report.
Office 365 and SOC 1 Type 2
For more information about Office 365 compliance, see Office 365 SOC 1 documentation.
The Azure SOC 1 Type 2 attestation report covers Azure, Dynamics 365, Power Platform, and select Microsoft 365 cloud services. You can access Azure SOC audit reports and bridge letters from the Service Trust Portal (STP) SOC reports section. You must sign in to access audit documents on the STP. For more information, see Get started with Microsoft Service Trust Portal.
The Azure DevOps SOC 1 Type 2 attestation report is available separately from the Service Trust Portal SOC reports section.
Frequently asked questions
How often are Azure SOC reports issued? SOC reports for Azure, Dynamics 365, and other online services are based on a rolling 12-month run window (audit period) with new reports issued semi-annually (period ends are 31-Mar and 30-Sep). It takes approximately six weeks to produce and publish the attestation report following the end of the audit period. Bridge letters are issued during the first week of each quarter to cover the prior three-month period. For example, the January letter covers 1-Oct through 31-Dec, the April letter covers 1-Jan through 31-Mar, the July letter covers 1-Apr through 30-Jun, and the October letter covers 1-Jul through 30-Sep.
Where can I get the Azure SOC audit documentation including bridge letters? For links to audit documentation, see Audit reports. You must have an existing subscription or free trial account in Azure or Azure Government to sign in. You can then download audit certificates, assessment reports, and other applicable documents to help you with your own regulatory requirements.
If you're an Azure DevOps customers who can't access the Service Trust Portal, you can email Azure DevOps for its SOC 1 and SOC 2 reports. This email is to request Azure DevOps SOC reports only.
How can my organization benefit from Azure SOC 1 Type 2 attestation? You can rely on the Azure SOC 1 Type 2 attestation when pursuing your own financial industry specific compliance requirements such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), and others.
Where can I see management responses to exceptions noted? Management responses are located towards the end of the SOC attestation report. Search the document for "Management Response".
Where can I see user entity responsibilities? User entity responsibilities are located at the very end of the SOC attestation report. Search the document for "User Entity Responsibilities".
- Azure compliance documentation
- Azure enables a world of compliance
- Microsoft 365 compliance offerings
- Compliance on the Microsoft Trust Center
- Service Trust Portal SOC attestation reports
- SSAE No. 18, Attestation Standards: Clarification and Recodification (AICPA Professional Standards)
- SOC 1 Reporting on an Examination of Controls at a Service Organization Relevant to User Entities' Internal Control Over Financial Reporting Guide (AICPA Guide, available for purchase)