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
Tech firms use H-1B program to lower personnel cost and number of US employeesDecember 8th, 2014
The CEO of Janco, Victor Janulaitis states, "There is not really a talent shortage. In fact, there's a lot to support the notion that there are more Americans willing and ready to work than ever."
The key is the H-1B visa that lets foreign skilled workers stay in the U.S. for up to six years. The number of visas is limited to 65,000 per year (85,000 if you count the extra 20,000 set aside for advanced degree graduates of U.S. schools). Silicon Valley wants more of these foreign workers -- Facebook's even started a bipartisan lobbyist organization called FWD.us to push for a higher quota and a streamlined path to the treasured green card, which would free up more H-1Bs for more non-citizens.
This is only an issue if you're not searching within America's borders for your next programming talent. A recent paper by the Economic Policy Institute concludes that only half of all American college graduates in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) get hired into their fields every year, and when adjusted for inflation, the IT industry only pays about what it did in 1999.
All of that implies that tech firms, in general, aren't offering enough money to attract Americans.more info
How Compliance Impacts Backup StrategyNovember 27th, 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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Cybercriminals are expanding the scope and breath of attacksOctober 23rd, 2014
Every day cybercriminals are deploying new threats that are more destructive than ever before. While most CIOs have more people devoted to IT security, established businesses are are vulnerable to a wider array of attacks.
The IT Security Manual Template provides CIOs, CSOs, and IT Managers all of the essential materials with real live useable text for a complete security manual. Detailed language addressing more than a dozen security topics is included in a 230 plus page Microsoft Word document, which you can modify as much or as little as you need to fit your business requirements.more info
Security Policies - Procedures - Audit ToolsSeptember 3rd, 2014
74% of government IT executives said they expect at least one foreign-based cyber attack, including viruses, malware or hacking, within the next year.- more info
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
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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