2 Relationship between the Sarbanes Act and COSO COSO deals more with the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of (SOX) was accomplished in large . SOX requires management at public companies to select an internal control framework and will then analyze and report on the design and effectiveness. Tom Jackson is a CPA who really likes to go to Las Vegas, play poker, and bet on football games. Tom knows that the accounting. COSO and COBIT 5 dovetail to ease IT governance concerns for organizations complying with SOX financial reporting requirements. Initially founded in as the Information Systems and Audit Control Association, the IT professional.
Identifying and assessing the sources of risk to the financial statements. The general ledger accounts that constitute each line in the financial statements as filed.
For example, accounts payable is normally one line in the financial statements, although it represents a group of related general ledger accounts. For each of the above, the accounts that are considered significant.
The financial statement assertions relevant to those accounts and material to the investor.
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The locations to include in scope. The business processes that process transactions into the significant accounts at in-scope locations. The key transactions representing balances in the above accounts. Identifying those controls that have a direct effect on the likelihood of material misstatement, either by preventing or detecting material errors or omissions.
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These are referred to in this book as "direct controls" a term not used in regulatory guidance, although the latter does talk about controls that only have an "indirect effect".
The majority of the direct controls are typically in the Control Activities component principles apply. Obtaining a self-assessment from management of each of the COSO principles. I am going to assume, being prudent, that all 17 are considered "relevant" for our purposes. Performing a risk assessment for each of the COSO principles.
Where a defect in the presence or functioning of any of these principles is at least reasonably likely to lead to the failure of one or more direct key controls, rate it as high risk and identify the key controls that will be relied upon for each principle. Otherwise, rate it as a low risk and rely on management's self-assessment of the principles. See detailed discussion below. Performing a "reasonable person" review.
Would a reasonable person believe that the set of key controls that has been included in scope would, if adequately designed and operating effectively, provide the reasonable assurance desired?
Each of these steps is described in detail in the book, especially step d. Here, the key is to ask: Could a failure to achieve this principle, or any of its points of focus, result in the failure to prevent or detect a material misstatement?
Is that failure at least reasonably likely?
If the answer is "yes," then after carefully documenting the risk assessment and its results, key controls are identified to address the risk that has been identified.
If the answer is "no," then after documenting the risk assessment and its results it is essential to discuss the results with the external auditor. Hopefully, this approach makes good sense.
I welcome your comments and perspectives. The reason is that the external financial reporting objectives are already defined by the SEC as follows: To provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting To design and maintain an effective system of internal controls over financial reporting To prevent or detect in a timely manner fraud that could materially affect the financial statements.Understanding the The Sarbanes-Oxley Act
The task for SOX is to identify the risks that your company needs to control and monitor to ensure these objectives are met.
The financial reporting objectives in ERM include both internal and external financial reporting objectives. Additionally, with respect to SOX, there is not a strategic objective component since SOX is not a matter of business strategy but an element of complying with the law.
Although the SOX model does not call out a separate event identification layer, it is necessary as part of your risk assessment process to identify and consider the internal and external events that could have an effect on external financial reporting.
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Risk Response In ERM, a company identifies and assesses a broad range of internal and external risks. In the risk response layer of the framework, there is a discussion of the four ways to respond to a risk.
A company can avoid, accept, reduce or share a risk.
While these four options are discussed in the ERM framework, the discussion for SOX is generally only about controlling the risks associated with external financial reporting. SOX is a subset of the financial reporting objectives for publicly traded companies. The SEC requires a public company to choose and follow an accepted internal control framework in the evaluation of its external financial reporting controls.