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Foolproof Compliance For Your IT Systems

Foolproof Compliance For Your IT Systems

by Rick Turoczy on March 25, 2005

In the context of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, IT really does matter. Systems access, security and change management controls within IT’s domain can make or break compliance efforts. Yet many CIOs and CFOs remain confused about how Section 404 applies to their company’s information technology infrastructure.

In Auditing Standard No. 2, its lengthy interpretation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) indicated that it will be strict in monitoring external auditing firms’ approach to examining and reporting on the technological aspects of their corporate clients’ financial reporting processes. That decision, audit experts say, pushes external auditors, IT managers and finance executives to cultivate a deeper understanding of the data that courses through financial systems.

CFOs now confront much larger IT challenges than figuring out whether the CIO is overspending on technological bells and whistles. They need to know that the data which flows into IT’s labyrinth of systems and applications emerges securely and accurately. Sound corporate governance increasingly depends on policies and procedures that demonstrate, document and communicate that knowledge.

Foolproof Compliance For Your IT Systems

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