WIN Announces Completion of SOC 2 Data Center Exam

Posted on June 24, 2013 - WIN News

Eau Claire, WI – Wisconsin Independent Network, LLC (WIN) announced today that its Eau Claire data center collocation services have successfully completed a SOC 2 Type 1 examination for availability and security principles. The Chicago-based auditing firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, conducted the audit.

The SOC 2 report contains management’s description of WIN’s data center systems and the suitability of the design of controls that the organization has in place to manage those systems. The report provides substantial insight into the people, policies, processes, and technology used to effectively achieve the respective control objectives. These objectives include: physical security, availability and change management, risk assessment and mitigation, incident and event management, and service continuity

“When we opened WIN’s Eau Claire data center in 2007, we knew that someday we would have business clients who require third-party assurances that we can meet their advanced requirements for security and availability,” according to Scott Hoffmann, WIN CEO. “We’ve invested significant time and capital in the design of our systems and processes to deliver on those expectations and all of our data center customers are the beneficiaries of those efforts.”

SOC 2 reports are often required by internal and external business entity auditors to ensure control criteria are being met by providers of outsourced services. The standards for SOC examinations are set by the American Institute of CPAs.

About WIN: Formed in 1997, WIN is a Midwest regional provider of wholesale and enterprise transport network services, next generation IP solutions, and data center services. WIN is an operating subsidiary of Communications Management Group, LLC, a privately-held company owned by 31 independent local telephone companies. Thecompanyäó»s website may be found at www.wins.net.

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