Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Using COBIT and Open Source Tools

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A Toolkit for IT Professionals Whether you work for a publicly traded or pre-IPO company or as an IT consultant, you are familiar with the daunting task of complying with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. You have no doubt seen the hour and dollar estimates for compliance go up and up. With this book, you can now regain control of your budget and schedule. This ground-breaking, fully integrated book and bootable "live" CD provide all the information and the Open Source tools for you to use to achieve IT SOX compliance. ...
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Overview

A Toolkit for IT Professionals Whether you work for a publicly traded or pre-IPO company or as an IT consultant, you are familiar with the daunting task of complying with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. You have no doubt seen the hour and dollar estimates for compliance go up and up. With this book, you can now regain control of your budget and schedule. This ground-breaking, fully integrated book and bootable "live" CD provide all the information and the Open Source tools for you to use to achieve IT SOX compliance. 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 the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. ·    Streamline IT SOX Compliance Using the Live CD
Use the tools on the bootable Linux CD to automate and manage workflow, disseminate information, track projects, manage groups, and much more.

·    Understand the Liability of Noncompliance
Learn the penalties associated with noncompliance resulting from both intentional and unintentional filing of an inaccurate certification.

·    Deploy COBIT Standards and Best-Known Methods (BKMs) in Your Organization Master the six components of COBIT: Executive summary, framework, control objective, control practices, management guidelines, and audit guidelines.

·    Create an IT SOX Compliance Policy
Learn to write, implement, and enforce an effective IT compliance policy that will be supported by both users and management.

·    Realize the Benefits of Open Source Tools
Deploy Open Source applications throughout your enterprise to reduce cost and improve security.

·    Plan and Organize Your COBIT Strategy
Develop strategic IT plans that support business objectives and can stand the test of time. ·    Acquire Requisite Applications and Implement Your Plan
Ensure that you have the right people, skills, and tools to implement, test, certify, and maintain both existing and newly developed systems.

·    Deliver and Support New Systems
Ensure that new systems perform as expected upon implementation and that they continue to perform in accordance with established expectations.

·    Monitor the Progress of Your COBIT Deployment
Use service level agreements (SLAs) or established baselines to quantify performance against expectations and proactively troubleshoot problems.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597490368
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 8/9/2005
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Pages: 450
  • Product dimensions: 6.94 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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

Chapter 1.   Overview: The Goals of This Book
Chapter 2.   SOX and COBIT Defined
Chapter 3.   The Cost of Compliance
Chapter 4.   Why Open Source?
Chapter 5.   Domain I: Planning and Organization
Chapter 6.   Domain II: Acquisition and Implementation
Chapter 7.   Domain III: Delivery and Support
Chapter 8.   Domain IV: Monitoring
Chapter 9.   Putting It All Together
Appendix- A   COBIT Control Objectives
Appendix- B   KNOPPIX Live CD Parameters
Appendix- C   The GNU General Public License
Appendix- D   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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