Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Using COBIT and Open Source Tools [NOOK Book]

Overview

This book illustrates the many Open Source cost savings opportunities available to companies seeking Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. It also provides examples of the Open Source infrastructure components that can and should be made compliant. In addition, the book clearly documents which Open Source tools you should consider using in the journey towards compliance. Although many books and reference material have been authored on the financial and business side of Sox compliance, very little material is available that ...
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Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Using COBIT and Open Source Tools

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Overview

This book illustrates the many Open Source cost savings opportunities available to companies seeking Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. It also provides examples of the Open Source infrastructure components that can and should be made compliant. In addition, the book clearly documents which Open Source tools you should consider using in the journey towards compliance. Although many books and reference material have been authored on the financial and business side of Sox compliance, very little material is available that directly address the information technology considerations, even less so on how Open Source fits into that discussion.

Each chapter begins with an analysis of the business and technical ramifications of Sarbanes-Oxley as regards to topics covered before moving into the detailed instructions on the use of the various Open Source applications and tools relating to the compliance objectives.

The bootable CD contains fully configured demonstrations of Open Source tools.

* Shows companies how to use Open Source tools to achieve SOX compliance, which dramatically lowers the cost of using proprietary, commercial applications
* Contains a bootable-Linux CD containing countless applications, forms, and checklists to assist companies in achieving SOX compliance
* Only SOX compliance book specifically detailing steps to achieve SOX compliance for IT Professionals
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IT-related Sarbanes-Oxley (and other) compliance initiatives will never be easy or cheap. But the COBIT guidelines and best practices can make it far easier to cover all the bases. And using open source software can help you mitigate the costs of compliance. This book can help with both.

The authors walk through the compliance process using a fictional case study and some very real open source software (including eGroupware, Zabbix monitoring, Knowledge Tree document management, Fedora Directory, and Webmin. This software -- along with the enterprise-class CentOS Linux distribution -- is all provided on disk, as the "ITSox2 Toolkit."

You'll find guidance on defining and managing policies; setting and enforcing service levels; ensuring security; implementing clear workflows; identifying and remediating compliance gaps; and much more. Along the way, the authors share diverse stakeholder perspectives, offering valuable insight for achieving compliance from both business and technical viewpoints. Bill Camarda, from the February 2008 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780080489674
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 10/7/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 450
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Christian Lahti is a computer services consultant and an expert in security. He is a regular speaker at industry shows such as LinuxWorld and OSCON. He is the technical editor of Windows to Linux Migration Toolkit (Syngress, ISBN: 1931836396).

Roderick Peterson is the Information Technology Director at NeoMagic. He has more than 20 yeras' experience in the IT industry and has successfully led the development and deployment of major applications at several global companies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction – The Goals of this Book
Chapter 1: Sox and Cobit Defined
Chapter 2: Cost of Compliance
Chapter 3: Why Open Source
Chapter 4: Domain 1 - Planning and Organization Chapter 5: Domain 2 - Acquisition and Implementation Chapter 6: Domain 3 - Delivery and Support
Chapter 7: Domain 4 - Monitoring
Chapter 8: The Bottom Line
Appendix - CD Contents At a Glance
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2006

    ARE YOU IN COMPLIANCE??

    Are you a CFO, CIO, CEO, VP, Director of IT, IT Operations Manager, and/or IT Consultant? If you are, then this book is for you! Authors Christian Lahti, Roderick Peterson, and Steve Lanza, have done an outstanding job of writing a practical book that gives you the reader, an understanding of how open source technology and tools might be applied to your individual requirements. Lahti, Peterson, and Lanza, begin by discussing why the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) experience promises to be quite different in terms of depth, cost, and resources. Then, the authors discuss how Congress enacted the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 in an effort to prevent financial scandals such as those that occurred at Enron and MCI. Next, they explore the need for SOX compliance and the possible consequences of noncompliance--lawsuits, negative publicity for the company, and fines for executive management. The authors then investigate the entire open source phenomenon and the fundamental differences between it and nonfree software. They continue by covering the difference between SOX and COBIT. Then, the authors discuss automation and why it should be a key component of any small to medium-sized company's SOX compliance activities. Next, they cover the COBIT Delivery and Support Delivery and Support Domain and why it is important, not only to SOX compliance activities, but also from an IT Department repositioning perspective. The authors then discuss Deming's continuous quality improvement process, specifically how it was predicted on a closed-loop process. Finally, they show you how to reposition an IT Department, by utilizing COBIT for SOX. In this most excellent book, you will find a lot of applicable content--basically as much as the authors could muster by way of open source technologies and how they fit into the SOX sphere of influence. More importantly, this book illustrates the many Open Source cost-saving opportunities that public companies can deploy in their IT organizations to meet the mandatory compliance requirements of SOX.

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