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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 00:00

7 Cost Cutting Strategies for SOX IT Audits

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By Mandy Harris [Presented during our Monthly meeting - May 2017]
In recent years, companies have seen dramatic increases in the costs for Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) audits.  A significant portion of the cost is attributed to new requirements from the PCAOB, including the much more extensive procedures required for validating information produced by the entity (IPE).  With the cost of SOX compliance on the rise, organizations are struggling to find areas where they can cut costs or at least contain them. 
Cost cutting strategies that can be used by companies to ensure that they are conducting the most efficient and effective SOX IT audits are as follows:
Seven Cost Cutting Strategies
  1. Using Application Controls
  2. Using Financial Auditor Templates
  3. Automating SOX Documentation
  4. Using Audit Tools
  5. Outsourcing (where it makes sense)
  6. Establishing Best Practices
  7. Following Established Controls
The usage of applications controls and how they can be employed more extensively to reduce the cost of compliance are straightforward simple to follow. Furthermore, emerging technologies that can be used to streamline the audit process are widely available and can easily be adapted to your specific situation.   
There are many other specific strategies that can be used with your team and your financial auditors to ensure that audit work can be leveraged to the greatest extent possible.  For more information pease contact .... if you need a guideline that identifies application controls that can be used to reduce the cost of compliance please feel free to download here.
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Chapter Members and Visitors,

Welcome to our ISACA, Great Houston Chapter website!

We recently held our Annual General Meeting and one day gratis Security and Audit Conference July 21. We have not offered a gratis one day conference in a while, although all of our conferences are quite reasonable, and it was appreciated. As someone noted, “Free is always good!”

We had a good turnout, around 125, with approximately 85 staying to the final bell; it did help that we gave away several $100 certificates at the close of the day.

We had several folks who gave significantly of their time to both plan and serve our members and guests during the conference, and we will acknowledge them shortly on our website. However, one person I want to thank now is Mel McQueary, with HCC, who was able to help us rent the auditorium at their West Loop South Campus. We received many compliments on the space itself, and the location.


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Our aim is to sponsor local educational seminars and workshops, conduct regular chapter meetings, and help to further promote and elevate the visibility of the IS audit, control and security profession throughout the area. 

 We conduct chapter meetings the third Thursday of the month that typically includes a morning or afternoon training along with a luncheon meeting/training.  We also sponsor SIG group meetings on the same day.

Local seminars are held in the spring and fall that include topics of high relevance to our membership community. Certification training is scheduled before each ISACA exam date based on interest level. 

We partner with other organizations to provide additional educational opportunities for our greater Houston area membership. Please visit our chapter EVENTS page frequently for the latest educational and networking opportunities.