have arrived here from a SysTrust SM/TM or WebTrust SM/TM
certified site. The applicable SysTrust or WebTrust Seal of assurance symbolizes
that this site has been examined by an independent accountant. Further,
the Seal represents the practitioner’s report (see below) on management's assertion(s)
that the entity's business being relied upon is in conformity with the applicable
Trust Services Principle(s) and Criteria.
Trust Services Principles and Criteria is an international set of principles and
criteria for systems and electronic commerce developed and managed jointly by
the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Canadian Institute
of Chartered Accountants. By demonstrating compliance with Trust Services criteria
through an examination by an independent practitioner, entities earn the right
to display the seal of assurance.
Seal of assurance combines high standards for identified activities with the requirement
for an independent verification/audit. Together they build trust and confidence
among consumers and businesses conducting business over the Internet.
The entity has earned the
right to display the Seal of assurance with respect to the Trust Service Principle(s)
Principle addresses accessibility to the defined system, products, or services
as advertised or committed by contract, service-level, or other agreements. This
Principle does not, in itself, set an acceptable minimum availability percentage
performance level for Web sites or service provider access. The minimum availability
percentage is established by mutual agreement (contract) between the customer
and the service provider. The criteria include requirements that:
- availability policies exist,
entity communicates the defined system availability policies to authorized users,
- the entity
uses procedures to achieve its documented system availability objectives in accordance
with its defined policies, and
exist to monitor compliance with its defined system availability policies.