New Auditing Standards Provide Greater Independent Assurance of Controls and Processes

BELLEVUE, WA – February 20, 2012 – CenturyLink Cloud, the enterprise cloud platform provider, announced today that it has successfully completed the SSAE 16 Type II audit, ensuring that the company’s controls, processes and procedures conform to industry standards and best practices. The review was conducted by an independent auditing firm, and is effective from June 2011 through June 2012. SSAE 16 is a rigorous new standard that replaces the former SAS 70 audit. CenturyLink Cloud has been SAS 70 Type II audited since 2009 and began the SSAE 16 auditing process when it became the new standard.

Thorough, independent testing and reviews of controls across CenturyLink Cloud datacenters and other physical locations ensure the following areas meet SSAE 16’s demanding criteria:

  • Oversight by executive management
  • Operations and customer service
  • Development and information technology organization
  • Human resources policies and procedures
  • Risk assessment monitoring

By undergoing the rigorous SSAE 16 Type II audit and expanding the scope of the audits to include more platforms and locations, our customers know they’re receiving the highest standards in service and controls” said Chris Brandon, CenturyLink Cloud CFO. “This audit furthers CenturyLink Cloud’s goal of enabling our customers to focus on their core business while we take care of their IT infrastructure.”

Because the audit was prepared using the SOC 1 “inclusive method”—incorporating reviews of CenturyLink Cloud datacenter partners and facilities—CenturyLink Cloud customers do not need to collect additional verifications for their own auditing requirements.

About CenturyLink Cloud

CenturyLink Cloud delivers enterprise-class cloud software and federated cloud services to businesses globally. The Bellevue, Wash.-based company provides an enterprise-grade virtual private cloud software platform, enhanced by a framework-agnostic cloud orchestration layer to enable IT automation and agility. Architected for security, risk mitigation and high availability ― with 99.999% uptime SLA at all layers and disaster recovery in every deployment — CenturyLink Cloud Federated Cloud services are optimized for production environments and business-critical applications. For more information, visit our Compliance Page

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