Sarbanes-Oxley: An Opportunity for Security Professionals
Source: - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Security Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) is not just another regulation security professionals have to contend with in your already very busy lives. Instead, SOX should be viewed as opportunity for security teams to demonstrate your value as a key enabler of creating a sound business environment at the highest levels within your organizations. SOX presents this opportunity to every company, whether already a public entity that has to comply or private companies who fall outside mandated compliance, by providing a model for sound internal controls and a template to demonstrate the effectiveness those controls to executive management.

The first way SOX helps to demonstrate the importance of information security is that the regulation emphasizes the importance of your business critical systems. Executives typically think about sales, marketing and other revenue-centric business units when looking for ways to improve their business. However, they often overlook the critical systems that enable these units to effectively generate demand. SOX specifically points to these systems and raises the awareness of their criticality by making executives attest to the accuracy of their company's reported financial information. This attestation forces executives to ask questions regarding the activity on these systems and whether or not this activity could have altered the information they are receiving.

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