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2013 IEEE 29th International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE) (2006)
Atlanta, Georgia
Apr. 3, 2006 to Apr. 7, 2006
ISBN: 0-7695-2570-9
pp: 92
Jerry Kiernan , IBM Almaden Research Center
Rakesh Agrawal , ISBM Almaden Research Center
Christopher Johnson , IBM Almaden Research Center
Frank Leymann , University of Stuttgart, Germany
ABSTRACT
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act instituted a series of corporate reforms to improve the accuracy and reliability of financial reporting. Sections 302 and 404 of the Act require SEC-reporting companies to implement internal controls over financial reporting, periodically assess the effectiveness of these internal controls, and certify the accuracy of their financial statements. We suggest that database technology can play an important role in assisting compliance with the internal control provisions of the Act. The core components of our solution include: (i) modeling of required workflows, (ii) active enforcement of control activities, (iii) auditing of actual workflows to verify compliance with internal controls, and (iv) discovery-driven OLAP to identify irregularities in financial data. We illustrate how the features of our solution fulfill Sarbanes-Oxley requirements using several real-life scenarios. In the process, we identify opportunities for new database research.
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CITATION
Jerry Kiernan, Rakesh Agrawal, Christopher Johnson, Frank Leymann, "Taming Compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley Internal Controls Using Database Technology", 2013 IEEE 29th International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE), vol. 00, no. , pp. 92, 2006, doi:10.1109/ICDE.2006.155
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