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Sarbanes-Oxley: How to Assess IT Controls
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IT infrastructure is a significant factor in preparing financial reports which makes validation of IT controls a fundamental requirement under Sarbanes-Oxley Law. Research shows that the cost associated with compliance for the IT control validation was high resulting from the companies’ haste in pursuing the validation. This scenario calls for companies to plan, organize, and execute an effective IT control validation system to ensure compliance with the law and to reduce corporate costs at the same time.

The Knowledge Group has assembled a distinguished panel of key experts and thought leaders to help businesses avoid costly errors and potential risks related to IT control validation. In a two-hour live webcast, speakers will discuss significant topics in the mix including:

Course Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: None
Method Of Presentation: Group-Based-Internet
Developer: The Knowledge Group, LLC
Recommended CLE/CPE Hours: 1.75 - 2.0
Advance Preparation: Print and review course materials
Course Code: 114212
Recording Fee: $299 (Please click here for details)


Featured Speakers for Sarbanes-Oxley: How to Assess IT Controls LIVE Webcast :

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Bhavesh Vadhani, CISA, CGEIT, CRISC, Director, Risk Services ,
Watkins Meegan LLC

  • • Importance of IT for today’s business
  • • Role of IT in today’s business
  • • Perception about IT environment
  • • Different types of IT frameworks
  • • IT Risks Impacting Business, specifically around Internal Controls around Financial Reporting
  • • What are IT controls?
  • • Types of IT controls
  • • Linkage of IT controls to business objectives
  • • IT controls assessment as it relates to SOX

Heather Bearfield, Partner,
Marcum LLP

  • • Automating Testing
  • • General IT Controls
  • • Application IT Controls

Brian Robison, Manager ,

  • • What is an integrated audit regarding IT Sox Testing?
  • • Planning for an effective IT Sox audit. (including the scoping outsourced providers, rightsizing the audit, understanding what is a significant control, Nature, Timing & Extent of Testing)
  • • Compare/ contrast SSAE16 vs. SAS70 and how to use service organizations reports
  • • Efficiencies in testing. (Maintaining staff continuity, developing test plans, coordination of client and auditor, examples of organizing workpapers etc..)
  • • Using the Work of Others (Direct Assist)
  • • Direction of Sarbanes Oxley and frameworks to cover future technology (ie – cloud computing)

Watkins Meegan LLC
Bhavesh Vadhani, CISA, CGEIT, CRISC
Director, Risk Services
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Marcum LLP
Heather Bearfield
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Brian Robison
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Who Should Attend?

- Finance Executives
- CIOs
- Auditors
- IT Officers
- Risk and Compliance Officers
- Private Companies
- Public Companies
- Business managers
- Sarbanes-Oxley Lawyers and Consultants
- IT Lawyers
- General Counsel
- And others who are involved in Sarbanes-Oxley compliance

Why Attend?

This is a must attend event for anyone interested in learning how to assess IT Controls for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

‒ Detailed guidance explained by the most qualified key leaders & experts
‒ Hear directly from key regulators & thought leaders
‒ Interact directly with panel during Q&A

Click the “register” button below as space is limited. Significant discounts are available for early registrants.

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The Knowledge Group, LLC is producing this event for information purposes only. We do not intend to provide or offer business advice. The contents of this event are based upon the opinions of our speakers. The Knowledge Congress does not warrant their accuracy and completeness. The statements made by them are based on their independent opinions and does not necessarily reflect that of The Knowledge Congress' views. In no event shall The Knowledge Congress be liable to any person or business entity for any special, direct, indirect, punitive, incidental or consequential damages as a result of any information gathered from this webcast.













Sarbanes-Oxley: How to Assess IT Controls
LIVE Webcast

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Watkins Meegan has been helping its clients develop, pursue, and achieve their business objectives since the firm was established in 1975. With an earned reputation for both quality and reliability, Watkins Meegan has become one of the largest CPA firms in the Metropolitan DC area, ranking in the top 70 accounting firms in the United States and the top 10 in Washington, DC.

Watkins Meegan’s professionals are more than tax specialists – they work to improve business performance, minimize costs, lower risks, and increase cash flow. Watkins Meegan takes pride in understanding its clients’ business needs – from tax planning and compliance to information technology and outsourced accounting.

Marcum LLP is one of the largest independent public accounting and advisory services firms in the nation. Ranked among the top 15 firms in the nation, Marcum offers the resources of more than 1,100 professionals, including more than 150 partners, in 23 offices throughout New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, California, Florida, Grand Cayman, China and Hong Kong. The Firm’s presence runs deep with full service offices strategically located in major business markets.
Marcum offers an extensive range of professional services and a high degree of specialization. In addition to traditional accounting, assurance and tax, including domestic and international tax planning and preparation, the Firm’s professional services include mergers and acquisition planning, family office services, forensic accounting and litigation support. The Firm has developed several niche practice areas including private equity partnerships; hedge funds; SEC registrants; services for the government, public and not-for-profit sectors; construction; business insurance valuation; healthcare; bankruptcies and receiverships; and a China specialty practice.

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