O'Reilly Open Source Convention - August 1-5, 2005 - Portland, Oregon
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Session

Leveraging Open Source for SOX Compliance
Christian Lahti, Senior Consultant, NeoMagic Corporation
Roderick Peterson, Director of IT, NeoMagic Corporation

Track: Open Source Business Review
Date: Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005
Time: 11:35am - 12:20pm
Location: E145

As a result of the financial scandals at major Fortune 100 companies in 2001, Congress enacted the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. The passing of this act not only significantly impacts how a public company report its financials, but its IT infrastructure as well, since IT is closely interwined in nearly all of the processes and systems that contribute to finacial controls and reporting. Sarbanes-Oxley compliance requires more than documentation and/or establishment of financial controls--it also requires the assessment of a company's IT infrastructure and personnel. Unfortunately, the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 do not scale based on size or revenue of company. Therefore, small- to medium-sized companies (IT Dept) may face unique challenges--budgetary and personnel--in their effort to comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

The goal of this session will be to discuss these challenges and identify practical open source solutions to address these needs, focusing on two major aspects:

- Compliance of open source infrastructure deployed in your IT environment - Use of open source tools to assist in the compliance process, regardless of what your IT landscape is.


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