SOX Regulations and Compliance

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and associated rules adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) require certain businesses to report on the effectiveness of their internal controls over financial reporting. Effective internal controls ensure information integrity by mandating the confidentiality, privacy, availability, controlled access, monitoring and reporting of corporate or customer financial information.

Complying with Sarbanes-Oxley

The changes required to ensure Sarbanes-Oxley compliance reach across nearly all areas of a corporation. In fact, Gartner Research went so far as to call the Act "the most sweeping legislation to affect publicly traded companies since the reforms during the Great Depression." Since the bulk of information in most companies is created, stored, transmitted and maintained electronically, one could logically conclude that IT shoulders a lion's share of the responsibility for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

Enterprise IT departments are responsible for ensuring that sound practices, including corporate-wide information security policies and enforced implementation of those policies, are in place for employees at all levels. Information security policies should govern:

  • Network security
  • Access controls
  • Authentication
  • Encryption
  • Logging
  • Monitoring and alerting
  • Pre-planning coordinated incident response
  • Forensics

These components enable information integrity and data retention, while enabling IT audits and business continuity.

Axcension provides a comprehensive solution to Sarbanes-Oxley requirements as they relate to protecting corporate financial information that is transmitted and stored via email. Everything from message privacy/encryption to email firewall and intrusion protection to content filtering is included in our solution.

 
 

                         

   
     

 

 

 

 

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