As security is such a major theme on the Act, many organizations are using the international ISO standards. The ISO 27001 Portal outlines these. A copy of the standards, and security policies, can be obtained via the ISO 17799 Toolkit.
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Posted: Fri May 27, 2005 3:02 am Post subject: Getting started with SOX
Can someone please point me in the direction of getting started with SOX documentation. My own vision on doing this is to initially put in place some high level documentation which take a look at the organisation the functional areas. Explain what each area does, and then document processes & procedures which would impact the financial statements of the organisation.
Something like this would perhaps facilitate the SOX audit process, in terms of getting a high level view of the organisation the processes and policies and procedures.
I am hoping someone can point in the direction of getting some templates in place and perh aps get hold of example documentation.
You've missed a step. Before jumping to the controls you need to identify the control risks/control objectives that the controls are going to address.
I have found it easiest to think of control risks in terms of What Can Go Wrong? So at each stage of the process you will identify a bunch of risks e.g. leaver is not removed from payroll, payroll deductions are incorrectly calculated or employee is paid for fictitious overtime. These risks will have an assertion (possibly more than one) attached to them and you should then look for controls that manage that risk - bearing in mind that a single control may not cover all assertions against the risk. _________________ "The art of life is to deal with problems as they arise, rather than destroy one's spirit by worrying about them too far in advance" - Cicero
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