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April 10, 2012 09:17 ET

Send Word Now Receives Clean SOC 1 Opinion From SSAE 16 Audit

Send Word Now's Robust Notification Platform Is First to Meet Stringent Standards for System Operations

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Apr 10, 2012) - Send Word Now, the leading provider of emergency notification and on-demand alerting and response services, announced today that it has successfully completed a SSAE 16 audit with an independent national accounting firm. Send Word Now is the first notification provider in the industry to achieve a clean SOC 1 Type 2 opinion, which is the only standard under SSAE 16 and is the replacement for the SAS 70 standard.

Send Word Now has received a clean SOC 1 (SSAE 16) Type 2 report, which validates that the company's controls have been tested over an extended period time. Unlike SOC 2 and SOC 3 reports, which are performed under the less robust AT 101 Attestation Engagements standard, a clean SOC 1 report examines the controls within an organization that are likely to be relevant to its customers' internal controls over financial reporting.

An independent national accounting firm tested numerous aspects of Send Word Now's platform over a twelve month period, validating the full operating effectiveness of the internal controls supporting Send Word Now's infrastructure. Control objectives that were tested in the audit included system availability, customer reporting, and network security, and all controls received an unqualified opinion.

"Our clean SSAE 16 SOC 1 Type 2 report reinforces our commitment to security, dependability, and customer support," said Tony Schmitz, President and CEO of Send Word Now. "We pride ourselves on not only meeting, but routinely surpassing the highest industry standards, and we will continue to improve on our best-in-class services to maintain customer satisfaction."

About SSAE 16
SSAE 16 (Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16) is a widely recognized and stringent attestation engagement standard for service organizations developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). It replaced the SAS 70 reporting standard in June 2011.

About Send Word Now
Send Word Now is the leading provider of on-demand alerting and incident management services for both routine and emergency communication. The easy-to-use, web-based emergency notification service is used by government agencies, municipalities, universities, non-profit organizations and businesses, including many Fortune 500 companies, to ensure fast, effective, two-way communication in real-time. Send Word Now's Alert Tracer® provides a full audit trail of messages sent and received for after-action reporting and follow-up. Designed to reach anyone, anywhere, anytime, with any device over any type of connection, Send Word Now's mass notification system is capable of transmitting hundreds of thousands of voice and text messages in minutes. The company is headquartered in New York City. Visit Send Word Now on the web at or email us at Follow Send Word Now on Twitter at and check out our new blog for industry news and insights at

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