Sarbanes Oxley Compliance Kit
The audit spotlight now shines on IT. After years of regulation and embarrassing data breaches, the highest levels of management now comfortably discuss IT controls and audit results. However, their quality expectations are rising. Where IT once performed audits annually, many now support quarterly, monthly, and ad hoc exercises. Each audit expands the scope of the technologies assessed, measured, and proven compliant. Broader scope means more complexity and more work. With the Sarbanes Oxley Compliance Kit you can increase timeliness and accuracy of audit data while reducing IT audit effort, disruption, and cost.
Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 requires that:
- Enterprises have an enterprise wide security policy;
- Enterprises have enterprise wide classification of data for security, risk, and business impact;
- Enterprises have security related standards and procedures;
- Enterprises have formal security based documentation, auditing, and testing in place;
- Enterprise enforce separation of duties; and
- Enterprises have policies and procedures in place for Change Management, Help Desk, Service Requests, and changes to applications, policies, and procedures.
To meet these needs the Sarbanes Oxley Compliance Resource Kit, which comes in four editions (Standard, Silver, Gold, and Platinum) contains:
- Security Policies (all editions);
- Threat & Vulnerability Assessment Tool (all editions);
- Business & IT Impact Questionnaire Risk Assessment Tool (all editions);
- Safety Program Template (all editions);
- Disaster Recovery Template (all editions);
- Outsourcing guide update to reflect what you vendors need to do (all editions);
- Software tool to monitor key data files (all editions);
- Internet and IT Job Descriptions (Silver, Gold, and Platinum Editions) and;
- IT Service Management Template (Platinum Edition).
The Disaster Recovery Plan template (DRP) can be used for any enterprise. DRP Template is sent to you via e-mail in WORD and/or PDF format. Included is a Business Impact Questionnaire as well as a full Job Description for the Disaster Recovery Manager
The plan is 178 pages and includes everything needed to customize the Internet and Information Technology Security Manual to fit your specific requirement. The electronic document includes proven written text and examples for your security plan.
The 220 Internet and IT Position Descriptions are in Word for Windows format. Includes positions from CIO and CTO to Wireless and Metrics Managers. All of the positions in the book have been created to reflect the technology world of today.
The IT Service Management Template contains policies, standards, procedures and metrics for Change Control, Help Desk and Service Request processing. ITSM template also contains several easy to implement forms and conforms with ITIL.
The plan is 60 pages and includes everything needed to customize the Safety Program to fit your specific requirement. The Safety was updated in December of 2004 and reflects the latest issues associated with the most recent legislation (Sarbanes Oxley).
Sarbanes-Oxley Issues and News
Surplus of stem degreed US employees unemployedAugust 21st, 2014
With a nearlly 8 million STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) degreed workers who are not in the STEM workforce why do we need more H-1B visas?
Despite the economic downturn, Census Bureau data show that, between 2007 and 2012, about 700,000 new immigrants who have STEM degrees were allowed to settle in the country, yet at the same time, total STEM employment grew by only about 500,000.
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Internet of Everthing - a realityMarch 26th, 2014
The fast pace of technology is changing our notion of the modern organization. As barriers to market entry are falling, customers, employees, and citizens alike are demanding new ways to interact. This trend is moving us into the next wave of Internet evolution known as the "Internet of Everything" (IoE). Connecting people, data, processes, and things, IoE is creating a digital disruption with great societal value as everything is coming online.
Organizations of all types are realizing the benefit of this increased connectedness through operational efficiency and improved customer and citizen experiences. Many organizations are using IoE connections to run- not just monitor - complex operations in manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, utilities, and the public sector to generate and deliver significant value.
- CIO IT Infrastructure Policy Bundle (more info...) All of the policies below are included as individual MS Word files and a single PDF file. Electronic forms are all individual documents that are easily modifiable
- Backup and Backup Retention Policy (more info...)
- Blog and Personal Web Site Policy (more info...) Includes electronic Blog Compliance Agreement Form
- BYOD Policy Template (more info...) Includes electronic BYOD Access and Use Agreement Form
- Google Glass Policy Template (more info...) Includes electronic Google Glass Access and Use Agreement Form
- Incident Communication Plan Policy (more info...) Updated to include social networks as a communication path
- Internet, e-Mail, Social Networking, Mobile Device, Electronic Communications, and Record Retention Policy (more info...) Includes 5 electronic forms to aid in the quick deployment of this policy
- Mobile Device Access and Use Policy (more info...)
- Patch Management Policy (more info...)
- Outsourcing Policy (more info...)
- Physical and Virtual Security Policy (more info...)
- Record Management, Retention, and Destruction Policy (more info...)
- Sensitive Information Policy (more info...) HIPAA Compliant and includes electronic Sensitive Information Policy Compliance Agreement Form
- Service Level Agreement (SLA) Policy Template with Metrics (more info...)
- Social Networking Policy (more info...) Includes electronic form
- Telecommuting Policy (more info...) Includes 3 electronic forms to help to effectively manage work at home staff
- Text Messaging Sensitive and Confidential Information (more Info...)
- Travel and Off-Site Meeting Policy (more info...)
- IT Infrastructure Electronic Forms (more info...)
IT Pros can advance in general company managementFebruary 24th, 2014
Because technology touches so many aspects of most organizations, an IT background can be an advantage, a steppingstone to other areas of your business. To advance, look at change as an opportunity to grow. Sure, change means stepping out of your comfort zone, but you'll likely be glad you altered your career mindset.
Once you become known as an able business chameleon, you'll have a good shot at being offered new opportunities. What's more, there's no better training to be a CIO -- if that's even your goal -- than to work in many areas of business.
Understanding the business goals of different branches of an organization is the most important nontechnical skill a senior IT leader can master.
If you follow this kind of career path, look for experienced mentors to help you along the way.- more info
How Compliance Impacts Backup StrategyFebruary 17th, 2014
Given the concurrent explosion of digital information and compliance requirements, having a sound, workable backup and restore policy is essential. When a disaster occurs whether that be a terrorist attack, hurricane, or just human error having and enforcing a backup strategy can get you quickly back in business.
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Target breach described in detailFebruary 6th, 2014
According to Krebs, sources close to the investigation said the attackers first gained access to Target's network on Nov. 15, 2013 with a username and password stolen from Fazio Mechanical Services, a Sharpsburg, Pa.-based company that specializes in providing refrigeration and HVAC systems for companies like Target.
Fazio apparently had access rights to Target's network for carrying out tasks like remotely monitoring energy consumption and temperatures at various stores.
The attackers leveraged the access provided by the Fazio credentials to move about undetected on Target's network and upload malware programs on the company's Point of Sale (POS) systems.
The hackers first tested the data-stealing malware on a small number of cash registers and then, after determining that the software worked, uploaded it to a majority of Target's POS systems. Between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, 2013, the attackers used the malware to steal data on about 40 million debit and credit cards. U.S., Brazil and Russia.more info
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Some say IT spending to rise in 2014January 6th, 2014
Global spending on information technology is expected to rise 3.1% to $3.8 trillion in 2014, up from growth of just 0.4% last year according to one research firm.
The enterprise software group is expected to show the fastest growth, with sales rising 6.8% to $320 billion, a plus for industry leaders that include Oracle (ORCL) and Salesforce.com (CRM).
The increased spending on enterprise software is coming partly from the growth in Big Data, a term used to describe how companies are using software and related services to better comprehend massive inflows of digital information from numerous sources.
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Compliance is driven from the top downDecember 15th, 2013
Compliance is driven from the top down. Executive Management is the prime mover.
The tone at the top is vital with communication from top management into the middle management team. Some best practices that can periodically reinforce compliance of various policies include middle management facilitating a short time of staff meeting to discuss a specific policy relative to actual business behavior. Training is great yet people need to know what compliant behavior looks to their daily work.more info
Anonymous moves from net to physical spaceNovember 6th, 2013
Hundreds of protests around the world sparked up on in what the hacking collective Anonymous called the "Million Mask March." Donning Guy Fawkes masks, the demonstrators' goal was to "defend humanity."
The protests were scheduled for 450 cities and towns worldwide -- from Tampa, Fla., to Amsterdam to Mumbai. According to the group's Facebook page, the demonstrations were meant to help people "remember who your enemies are: billionaires who own banks and corporations who corrupt politicians who enslave the people in injustice."
In Washington, D.C., demonstrators chanted "Obama. Come out. We've got some **** to talk about," according to NBC News. In Chicago, police and protesters exchanged hugs. While in Denver, a handful of arrests were made after it was reported that a building was being vandalized, according to the Denver Post.
In promoting the march, Anonymous said that violence would not be tolerated. The group even published an "advance disclaimer" saying, "Anonymous is a peaceful movement and is not affiliated with the rogue DC Citizen's Action to take the United States President, Congress, and US Supreme Court Justices Hostage."
Despite a few arrests here and there, it appears the protests have stayed relatively peaceful.- more info
SLA is key to transforming IT InfrastructureOctober 29th, 2013
Midmarket organizations are transforming their IT infrastructure to better accommodate the needs of the business. Two major pieces of this transformation are virtualization and cloud computing, which rely heavily on network performance to ensure success. However, in many cases, these organizations lack the tools to properly monitor virtualized environments in order to meet SLAs.
- In many organizations less than 10% of the IT budget is actually spent on initiatives and IT Service Management (ITSM) that bring value to the enterprise.
- It is not a question of how much is invested in computer systems but the effectiveness of the spending and the service levels provided.
- Focusing the ways that IT is measured (Metrics) on an enterprises value drivers improves competitiveness.
- ROI/TCO type measurements should not be used in isolation because they ignore elements such as service levels provided, risk and IT capability.
- IT investment must be measured not only at the inception of initiatives but also throughout the project life cycle and service delivery process.
Delivering quality IT service and measuring IT's performance cost effectively is a difficult and time consuming exercise. Many enterprises believe that they do not have the time, money, or resources to initiate and monitor the necessary processes. However, enterprises cannot determine how much something is worth unless its value can be quantified.- more info