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Security & Controls in a System Implementation

CrossCountry's Managing Director, P.J. Warwick, discusses the important of security and controls and why they should be considered before a system implementation


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I am P.J. Warwick and I would like to talk about developing security and controls in a system implementation.

It is more important than ever to consider controls in the early stages of a system implementation. When controls are considered late in the project, the result is last minute surprises, audit issues, distractions and costly re-work. More and more, new security control issues are elevated to the board level and are taken very seriously.

For any system implementation, especially for financial systems, consider:

  • Controls up front
  • Rules and responsibilities
  • Segregation of duties
  • Workflow
  • Approvals
  • Reporting
  • Assess the system on controls and financial and operational processes
  • Understand the compliance implications including Sarbanes-Oxley
  • Start a dialog early with the auditor, enter feedback and input

Ultimately, planning for security controls avoids surprises and saves time and money.

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