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Friday, March 21, 2008

Sarbanes-Oxley IT Compliance Using Open Source Tools-Second Edition, Second Edition

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (officially titled the Public Company Accounting
Reform and Investor

Protection Act of 2002), signed into law on 30 July 2002 by President
Bush, is considered the

most significant change to federal securities laws in the United States
since the New Deal. It

came in the wake of a series of corporate financial scandals, including
those affecting Enron,

Arthur Andersen, and WorldCom. The law is named after Senator Paul
Sarbanes and

Representative Michael G. Oxley. It was approved by the House by a vote
of 423-3 and by the

Senate 99-0.

This book illustrates the many Open Source cost-saving opportunities
that public companies can

explore in their IT enterprise to meet mandatory compliance requirements
of the

Sarbanes-Oxley act. This book will also demonstrate by example and
technical reference both

the infrastructure components for Open Source that can be made
compliant, and the Open

Source tools that can aid in the journey of compliance. Although many
books and reference

material have been authored on the financial and business side of Sox
compliance, very little

material is available that directly address the information technology
considerations, even less so

on how Open Source fits into that discussion.

The format of the book will begin each chapter with the IT business and

considerations of Open Source and SOX compliance. The remaining chapter
verbiage will include

specific examinations of Open Source applications and tools which relate
to the given subject

matter, and last a bootable ?live? CD will have fully configured running
demonstrations of Open

Source tools as a valuable technical reference for implementation of the
concepts provided in the


* Only book that shows companies how to use Open Source tools to achieve
SOX compliance,

which dramatically lowers the cost of using proprietary, commercial

* Only SOX book with a bootable-Linux CD containing countless
applications, forms, and

checklists to assist companies in achieving SOX compliance.

* Only SOX compliance book specifically detailing steps to achieve SOX
compliance for IT



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