Schellman Joins Trust Over IP Foundation as Steering Committee Member
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Tampa-based Schellman, a leading provider of attestation and compliance services, announced today that it is joining the Trust over IP Foundation (ToIP) as a Steering Committee member.
As the first IT audit firm to join the leadership of ToIP, this move demonstrates Schellman’s belief in the growing suite of digital governance specifications and tools being developed by ToIP Working Groups.
Representing Schellman on the Steering Committee will be Scott Perry, whose firm Scott S. Perry CPA, PLLC, was recently acquired by Schellman. Scott was a founding Contributing Member of ToIP and has served as co-chair of the ToIP Governance Stack Working Group since its inception in May 2020.
Now as a Principal of a top CPA firm in Schellman, he will be able to harness their well-established capability to deliver digital trust audit services.
“This is the culmination of work that began over six years ago when I started collaborating with Timothy Ruff, co-founder of Evernym and the Sovrin Foundation, on audit and compliance in the emerging SSI space,” said Scott. “We realized that this could revolutionize how digital trust works everywhere on the Internet, and from there the ToIP Foundation was born. It is very gratifying for me to now join the Steering Committee with Schellman so that we can contribute directly to the success of the ToIP model.”
It's gratifying for Schellman as well, who saw this opportunity with Scott as a quick entry into an important emerging segment of the compliance marketplace. They are now cementing their commitment by joining the ToIP Steering Committee.
“Holding digital trust actors accountable in any or all layers of the ToIP stack will require independent audit skills and experience in a variety of compliance frameworks,” said Avani Desai, CEO at Schellman.
“The deliverables already published by ToIP serve as an audit methodology for trust assurance, so they will complement the services we currently offer as a WebTrust CPA firm, an ISO Certification Body, a PCI Qualified Security Assessor Company, a HITRUST assessor, a FedRAMP 3PAO, and as one of the first CMMC Authorized C3PAOs.”
“I am very happy to see this recognition of the ToIP Foundation’s groundbreaking work in digital governance frameworks,” said Judith Fleenor, ToIP Director of Strategic Engagements.
“Scott has been a leader in this work from the start, and the acquisition of his firm and the support of Schellman signals that the ToIP governance metamodel is starting to see serious traction in the market. Look for more evidence coming from several new digital trust ecosystems later this year.”
To learn more about the ToIP Governance Stack WG, read the number of deliverables Scott has authored or co-authored:
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