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SAMEC – SOC 2 TYPE II Press Release
Sydney, Australia January 2020 – A National Information Management Organization and a provider of innovative software solutions in Sydney, (name withheld for security reasons), today announced that it has successfully completed a System and Organization Controls (SOC) 2® Type II Audit examination for their Data Storage Document Management System.

They retained international business advisory firm Skoda Minotti for its SOC 2® audit work and international business consulting firm SAMEC for project coordination and advising. The client selected Skoda Minotti and SAMEC after an intensive search based on their reputation as a leading risk advisory and compliance firm.Ben Osbrach, CISSP, CISA, QSA, CICP, CCSFP, partner-in-charge of Skoda Minotti’s risk advisory group says, “We were excited to work with SAMEC from the very start. They are an intriguing firm delivering high quality services and their business adds to our potential for growth in the Australian region.”

Arjang Safa, Founder & Director – Compliance & Innovation, SAMEC was the main intermediary from Skoda Minotti to client. Arjang was mainly responsible for supporting the control mapping from client’s ISO 27001 to the newly implemented SOC 2®, communicating the evidence requests to client personnel, providing the necessary evidence of control implementation and operating effectiveness, coordinating meetings between client and Skoda Minotti, and documenting process improvements along the way.

SOC 2® engagements are performed in accordance with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) AT-C 205, Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization and based on the trust service principles outlined in the AICPA Guide, Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization Relevant to Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, or Privacy. The SOC 2® Type II report is performed by an independent auditing firm and is intended to provide an understanding of the service organization’s suitability of the design and operating effectiveness of its internal controls. A service organization may select any or all of the trust service principles applicable to their business and the client chose to report on security, availability, processing integrity and confidentiality. The successful completion of this voluntary engagement illustrates SAMEC’s ongoing commitment to help companies achieve business growth through compliance with complex frameworks.

About – SAMEC

SAMEC Pty Ltd, is an Australian privately-own company, based in Sydney, operating in Australia and overseas for the past 17 years. Their focus is on creating efficient processes to help companies achieve business growth through compliance or high-end technology based products. SAMEC looks to partner with companies to improve and integrate their systems rather than dictate or impose. Unlike other companies, SAMEC adopts a holistic approach. Reviewing all areas of risk to minimize efficiencies and streamline operating procedures to maximize profit.

Under the directorship of Arjang Safa, SAMEC has evolved and now includes other business areas: such as Compliance & Certification, Information Technology Services and Security and Risk advisory.

Traditionally, SAMEC has helped companies develop innovative high-end technology products from prototypes to commercialization. We have developed prototypes for a range of industries including medical, energy and resources, automotive, telecommunications and consumer electronics. Our strength is in understanding the process and methodologies to deliver commercially viable and successful products.

From our experience in developing and manufacturing prototypes, we recognised a need to help companies streamline their operations and processes. SAMEC Compliance is a natural extension of our expertise and skills. ISO Certifications will give companies opportunities to compete on the world stage and expand their businesses across a variety of markets.

Director Arjang Safa is particularly skilled in operational planning, information security, manufacturing, IT, Infrastructure, business systems, business continuity and disaster recovery, and commercialization strategy for high technology and complex products. He has worked with government organizations including CSIRO and other leading companies to create pioneering technologies and products.

He is a qualified Technologies Engineer having studied at University of Technology in Sydney and with more than 20 years experience. Arjang has consulted for a number of large organization and held various managerial positions for companies including Finisar, Nanosonics, Evolution Broadcast, Lake Technology and Hypertec.

About – Skoda Minotti

Skoda Minotti is a Certified Public Accounting Firm based in Cleveland, OH offering a variety of tax, finance, and business advisory services in virtually every area of business. The Risk Advisory practice specializes in SOC Reporting, PCI DSS Compliance, HIPAA Compliance and HITRUST validation, FISMA, NIST, ISO 27001, Vulnerability and Penetration Testing, and other regulatory information security assessments. Staffs in Skoda Minotti’s Risk Advisory hold several industry certifications including Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN), and GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT). For more information about Skoda Minotti’s Risk Advisory Services, please visit skodaminotti.com/risk.

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CSIRO ASKAP Telescope
SAMEC Builds Circuit Board Prototypes Meeting the requirements for CSIRO and Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) Telescope.
Since 2004, the CSIRO has worked with SAMEC Pty Ltd to engage their help with the development of prototypes for many exciting and innovative projects.

Early 2019, the SAMEC Prototype and Compliance team was an integral part of the team to complete the core construction of the CSIRO Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope, the world’s fastest survey telescope.  The project involved the manufacture of the initial components of the receiving systems and digital electronics,

Working together with the CSIRO Design team were the SAMEC team, comprising of electronic, manufacturing and compliance specialists, and manufacturing personnel. By combining our respective talents, we achieved a remarkable feat involving building and installing highly complex electronic circuitry in a complex volatile environment. We’re proud to know our work has made a valuable contribution to the efficient operation of the ASKAP telescopes and enhance our understanding of space.

Following is an overview of the project and our role and results.

Project Scope and Innovative Solutions

Contract manufacturer to assemble circuit board.
Our team sourced the right plant and automation equipment to enable the production of the boards.

Setting up Security Protocols and Compliance.
Given the sensitive and highly confidential nature of the project, it was imperative we establish the security protocols to protect Intellectual Property for the design and development of the components.

Development of the production process.
Our SAMEC team had to assume control of the plant and redesign the production process to suit the manufacturing requirements of the circuit boards. This required fine-tuning the process to ensure every facet of the production was accurate.

Testing phase for circuit boards.
Critical to the success of the project, our team worked tirelessly to cover all bases, especially as the circuit boards were extremely complex to assemble and calibrate. Each circuit board was first visually inspected, then put through optical inspections, before being tested and retested through various platforms. This testing process was essential to guarantee the boards performed 100 percent before leaving the manufacturing plant.

Our Role – Management and Operations

The SAMEC Prototype and Compliance team led by Director Arjang Safa was responsible for overseeing the production of the first six telescopes’ printed circuit board assemblies (as the proof of concept) and to manage the testing process from start to finish

This was a very complex operation due to very stringent requirements involving cutting edge technology. Our team overcame numerous challenges and delivered on time and within budget six fully tested and operational sets of circuit boards that worked perfectly on the first attempt.

Outcomes – Successful Delivery and Compliance
The successful delivery of all six prototype components for the ASKAP telescope on time and on budget. Our team streamlined the manufacturing process and ensured all compliance requirements were met to enable the easy production and installation of the additional circuit boards in the future.

Following the project’s success, additional circuit boards were produced and installed for up to 24, ASKAP antennas in Australia.

This was a fantastic achievement for Australia, especially as it’s likely, the CSIRO’s technology and our production protocols and processes will be used to manufacture circuit boards for ASKAP telescopes around the world.

The SAMEC team is exceedingly proud to have been part of this unique and robust project. We thoroughly enjoyed working alongside the CSRIO to help make the ASKAP a resounding success.

about us

SAMEC Pty Ltd, is an Australian privately-own company, based in Sydney, operating in Australia and overseas since 2003.

Our focus is on creating efficient processes to help companies achieve business growth. SAMEC scales up your organisation into an enterprise level operator in an efficient and cost-effective approach.

All your IT, Security and Compliance Services are managed by a team of experts working as part your organisation.

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    PO Box 232
    Maroubra NSW 2035
    Australia

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