You’ve just gotten an email from a potential vendor looking to make a connection. In their signature, following their name is a list of five abbreviations, all intended to make them appear qualified, reputable, and knowledgeable. But what do they actually mean? Are they relevant to the service you are trying to procure? A pilot’s license is crucial for a commercial airline pilot but irrelevant for practicing law. Similarly, technical certifications are outstanding for your IT department, but not so relevant when looking for someone to issue a Service Organization Control (SOC) Report. If you need to provide a SOC Report to your clients or customers, no matter the version you need, you’ll need a CPA. Other organizations may require very specialized certifications, such as Pulse and STAR requiring a CTGA (Certified TR-39 Auditor) to perform ATM and PCI Pin compliance audits.