Sarbanes Oxley Training tailored to satisfy COBIT 1000

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    Sarbanes Oxley and Control Frameworks
    COSO is the framework on controls for financial processes, accuracy of the data, and confidence in accounting procedures.

    COBIT is an IT control framework. Almost all companies use COBIT for SarbanesOxley compliance to address the IT issues.

    Sarbanes Oxley, Control Frameworks and Training Requirements

    COBIT Framework, Planning and Organization
    High-Level Control Objective: PO 7 - Manage Human Resources
    Detailed control objective: PO 7.1 - Personnel Recruitment and Promotion
    Management should implement and regularly assess the needed processes to ensure that personnel recruiting and promotion practices are based on objective criteria and consider education, experience and responsibility. Management should ensure that knowledge and skill needs are continually assessed and that the organization is able to obtain a workforce that has the skills which match those necessary to achieve
    organizational goals�

    Detailed control objective: PO 7.2 - Personnel Qualifications
    IT management should regularly verify that personnel performing specific tasks are qualified on the basis of appropriate education, training and/or experience, as required�

    Detailed control objective: PO 7.4 - Personnel Training
    Management should ensure that employees are provided with orientation upon hiring and with on-going training to maintain their knowledge, skills, abilities and security awareness to the level required to perform effectively. Education and training programmes conducted to effectively raise the technical and management skill levels of personnel should be reviewed regularly�

    COBIT Framework, Planning and Organization
    High-Level Control Objective: PO 10 Manage Projects
    Detailed control objective: PO 10.12 Training Plan
    The organization’s project management framework should require that a training plan be created for every development, implementation and modification project�

    COBIT Framework, Delivery and Support
    High-Level Control Objective: DS 7 - Educate and Train Users
    Detailed control objective: DS 7.1 - Identification of Training Needs
    In line with the long-range plan, management should establish and maintain procedures for identifying and documenting the training needs of all personnel using information services. A training curriculum for each group of employees should be established�

    Detailed control objective: DS 7.2 Training Organization
    ‘Based on the identified needs, management should define the target groups, identify and appoint trainers, and organize timely training sessions. Training alternatives should also be investigated (internal or external location, in-house trainers or third-party trainers, etc.)’

    Detailed control objective: DS 7.3 3 Security Principles and Awareness Training
    All personnel must be trained and educated in system security principles, including periodic updates with special focus on security awareness and incident handling. Management should provide an education and training programme that includes: ethical conduct of the IT function security practices to protect against harm from failures affecting availability,
    confidentiality, integrity and performance of duties in a secure manner�

    COBIT - IT Governance Maturity Model and Training Requirements

    The COBIT Maturity Model allows an organization to grade itself from nonexistent (0) to optimized (5). Such capability can be exploited by auditors to help management fulfill its IT governance responsibilities

    0 Non-existent - No compliance training

    1 Initial /Ad Hoc - No compliance training

    2 Repeatable but Intuitive - There is no formal training and communication on standards,
    responsibilities are left to the individual

    3 Defined Process - Management has communicated standardized procedures and
    informal training is established

    4 Managed and Measurable - There is full understanding of IT governance issues at all levels, supported by formal training

    5 Optimized - There is advanced and forward-looking understanding of IT governance issues and solutions. Training and communication is supported by leading edge concepts and techniques. Processes have been refined to a level of external best practice, based on results of continuous improvement and maturity modeling with other organizations.

    The Sarbanes Oxley Training must help the organization move beyond Maturity Level 3. Level 5 maturity is the ultimate goal.

    COBIT - Critical Success Factors (CSF) and Key Goal Indicators (KGI)

    We need to define Critical Success Factors (CSFs, critical factors to achieve in order to meet the training objectives) and Key Goal Indicators (KGIs, measurable indicators of the training / process achieving its goals / process objectives).

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