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STEPHEN HALBROOK

Stephen Halbrook is a Principal at Schellman & Company, LLC. Stephen is a FedRAMP and FISMA practice leader and assists with service delivery across all service lines including SOC, PCI-DSS, ISO, FedRAMP, FISMA and HIPAA services. Stephen also helps assist large and complex organizations that have multiple compliances needs helping them strategically align their efforts to maximize cost and efficiencies. He has more than 12 years of experience performing attestation and compliance examinations. Prior to Schellman he was with Deloitte’s Audit and Enterprise Risk Services group.

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SOC | Education

By: STEPHEN HALBROOK
December 5th, 2016

Here are five steps to help successfully prepare: 1. Validate the Nature of the Request. Does your client base understand the various SOC reporting options and what they are asking of your organization from a compliance reporting perspective? Is there a connection to internal controls over financial reporting (ICFR) of the services that you provide to your clients, or are you looking at general controls of a system that are relevant to security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and/or privacy? SOC 1 can oftentimes be misused by the general public as a generic reference to third party examinations. There is misconception in the marketplace; help prevent it.

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Education

By: STEPHEN HALBROOK
September 8th, 2016

One of the most effective ways of approaching professional development is by using collaborative approaches. Or, as Eleanor Roosevelt once said, do one thing every day that scares you. I imagine that might be just as effective when it comes to professionally developing oneself and, as a result, personal skills with it. Here are three areas to consider dedicating attention to on the job if you desire to take personal development to new heights.

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Education

By: STEPHEN HALBROOK
July 26th, 2016

At some point in life, we all need advice and being a mentor is a meaningful way to provide it. Mentoring not only empowers others but also ourselves.

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SOC

By: STEPHEN HALBROOK
August 14th, 2014

Is your organization ready for a SOC 2 examination? Here are five steps to help successfully prepare for one:  1. Validate the nature of the request. Does your client base understand the various SOC reporting options and what they are asking of your organization from a compliance reporting perspective? Is there a connection to internal controls over financial reporting (ICFR) of the services that you provide to your clients, or are you looking at general controls of a system that are relevant to security, availability processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy? SOC 1 can oftentimes be misused by the general public as a generic reference to third party audits. There is misconception in the marketplace; help prevent it.

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FAQs

By: STEPHEN HALBROOK
June 9th, 2014

When performing walkthroughs and interviews during our audits, organizations often ask what the difference is between BCP, DRP, and BCDR.