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January 2002

President's Letter

Larry Rex, Chapter PresidentHappy New Year !! I find it hard to believe that 2002 is here. As I write this in late December, it seems like only yesterday that we were all anxiously awaiting (a few with fear and trepidation) the arrival of 2000. That was now two years ago !! I hope everyone is ready for the new year, which will bring new challenges, and, of course, many new opportunities.

January 17th is the date for our first meeting of the new year and keeping with our tradition this will be our annual joint meeting with our associates with the North Texas ISACA Chapter. Our speaker will be Dr. Michael J. Savoie, Director of e-Business Initiatives and Director of the Center for Information Technology and Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. His topic will be “The Future of Technology after September 11th”, certainly a subject that should interest everyone. The pre and post-meeting presentations should also be very interesting as we have the opportunity to hear about “Distance Learning with Information Technology” and “Disaster Recovery Post September 11th”.

The Nominating Committee report was read at the December 13th meeting which listed their slate of nominees for Chapter officers for 2002-2003 and Board of Governors members whose terms are to begin in 2002. With your continuing support, your Chapter will continue to be lead by a great group of folks who devote significant time and effort to the Chapter. We will be accepting nominations at the January 17th meeting.

We are also just about ready to accept credit cards for on-line registration for luncheon meetings and seminars. We are very excited about this new service to our members and their employers. Look for the "Pay Now" button the next time you register on-line.

One other bit of good news - your Chapter is once again on its way to achieving Gold Status in the IIA’s Chapter Achievement Program. We have achieved the first level - Bronze - and are working on the next !! Keep up the good work - everyone !!

Finally, there is still time to make your pledge to the Chapter in support of our memorial to Aaron C. Saylors in the Pathway to Progress at the IIA's new facility. Visit the web site at http://dallasiia.org/Pathway_Drive.htm for all the details.

See you on the 17th!

Larry Rex
President

This Month's Meeting

Thursday, January 17, 2002
CityPlace Conference Center

Joint Meeting with
isaca-ntx.org
North Texas ISACA


Lunch Meeting 12:00pm
Registration begins at 11:30am

The Future Of Technology after September 11th

Presented by Michael J. Savoie, Ph.D., Director of E-Business Initiatives and Director of The Center for Information Technology and Management at The University Of Texas At Dallas

Photo of Michael J. Savoie, Ph.DIn the past decade, we made dramatic leaps in the development and use of technology. However, the surprise attack on our nation on September 11th reminded us all that technology alone cannot replace the value and importance of human thought, research and vigilance. In his speech, Dr.Savoie will explore the growing importance of the interaction between humans and technology. Additionally, he will stress the importance of taking a holistic view to ensure that our Company's Information Technology strategies, as well as internal controls adequately combine the best of both human and technology attributes.

Dr. Michael Savoie is the Director of E-Business Initiatives and currently manages the Center for Information Technology and Management at UTD, which was established to enhance the research and application of Information Technology. Additionally, he serves as President and CEO of HyperGrowth Solutions, which helps companies manage their corporate infrastructure and develop the skills necessary to survive in rapidly changing environments. One final note, Michael was recently elected to his third term as Mayor of the Town of Northlake, Texas.


Pre-Meeting 10:30am

Distance Learning With Information Technology
Dr. Michael Savoie, Director of E-Business Initiatives and Director of
The Center for Information Technology and Management
at The University Of Texas At Dallas.

Dr. Michael Savoie is one of the world's leaders in using new technology to educate. In his presentation, he will walk us through the "latest and greatest" in online training and its role in organizational transformation. He will cover current and future developments of internet technologies and how they will impact online training.


Post Meeting 1:30pm

Disaster Recovery Post September 11th
Barry MacDonald, Technology Service Center Director
Richard Troy Dukes, Senior VP, Comdisco Business Continuity Services

Our world has changed in many ways with the events of September 11th. Disaster Recovery suddenly has increased awareness and new meaning. Barry MacDonald and Richard Dukes are experts in the field of continuity planning and recovery. They will share their thoughts on how September 11th has impacted continuity planning/disaster recovery and will provide insight on how auditors can ensure their Companies are adequately prepared for unforeseen events.

Barry MacDonald is the Technology Service Center Director for Comdisco. He has supported 112 disasters in his 27 year career in Information Technology. He is currently responsible for managing Comdisco's recovery facilities in Texas. Prior to joining Comdisco in 1990, Barry developed and implemented a major Canadian Financial Institution's business continuity program. He is a Certified Business Continuity Professional and was a founding member of the InterBank Contingency Planning Committee.

Richard Troy Dukes manages a four state territory for Comdisco's Business Continuity services. He consults with businesses on impact analysis, strategy and plan design, advanced recovery services and hot/cold site recoveries.


Map to CityPlace Conference CenterCityplace Confernce CenterThis meeting is being held at CityPlace Conference Center.

The DART light rail station at CityPlace serves both the RED and BLUE lines. Check for schedules, routes and fare information at  http://www.dart.org/default.asp

Preferred Method:

The best method to place and confirm your reservation is via the web site at http://www.dallasiia.org/Reserve.htm.

Secondary Method:

An optional method is to use the telephone, fax, or e-mail. However, a $2 phone/fax/e-mail fee will be assessed to each reservation.

Contact:

Lori Cannafax
Phone: 972-431-5981
Fax: 972-431-5995
e-mail: lcann3@jcpenney.com

Meeting / Luncheon Fees:

IIA Members: $25
Non-Members: $30
Students: $15
Walk-ins (members or non): $30
Phone/Fax/E-Mail Fee: $2

Reservations must be received by noon on Friday, January 11, 2002 or a $5 late fee will be charged.

We reserve the right to bill for "no-shows."

Please mark your calendar for future meeting dates for the 2001-2002 chapter year:

  • Thursday, February 21, 2002
  • Thursday, March 21, 2002
  • Thursday, April 18, 2002
  • Thursday, May 16, 2002

Chapter News

CIAź Review Course

The Dallas Chapter will once again sponsor an interactive CIA review course to help prepare candidates taking the May 2002 CIA Exam. One part of the exam will be covered each day from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Specific dates are as follows:

  • Part 1 - Saturday, February 16, 2002
  • Part 2 - Sunday, February 17, 2002
  • Part 3 - Saturday, March 23, 2002
  • Part 4 - Sunday, March 24, 2002

The course will be held at the JCPenney Park Central Facility. Further information, including details on the review course, cost, and on-line registration will be posted shortly on the IIA Dallas Chapter website at http://dallasiia.org/CIAReview_S02.htm. In the meantime, if you have any questions, you can contact the CIA Certification co-chairs as follows:

Mike Kennedy
mjkenned@jcpenney.com
972-431-5292
Scott Sullins
ssullins@jcpenney.com
972-431-5990

theiia.orgResearch Foundation

By David Hallo - The Research Foundation’s newest publication is entitled Electronic Systems Assurance and Control (eSAC). The eSAC model sets the stage for effective technology risk management by giving companies a framework to guide an evaluation of their e-business control environment. It serves as a user-friendly resource guide, providing reference to world-class practices and delivering tools and techniques designed to examine and assess the risks that accompany the organizational components of customers, competitors, regulators, communities, and owners. The first eSAC modules cover the topics of risk and control environment, e-assurance services, privacy, security, and managing resources. Future releases will include e-system development lifecycle and e-business continuity planning.

The format is a CD-ROM with a one-year subscription and quarterly updates (order number 9100, price is $245 for IIA members and $295 for nonmembers). It can be purchased through the IIA Distribution Center (toll free in the U.S. 1-877-867-4957).


New Members

Please join us in welcoming our newest members to the Dallas Chapter:

Danny Bacon
Chelsea Cortez
Krista Harris
Monica Husted
Pat Ludley
Brad Shinn
Kathy Tiritilli

Report Your Speaking and Writing

It's time again for the survey to determine which IIA Dallas Chapter members have submitted articles or spoken during December, or earlier if not previously reported. Each speaking engagement on internal auditing that a Dallas Chapter member completes will earn the Chapter 1 credit per CPD hour. Each full article, Roundtable article, Fraud Finding, etc. submitted that meets basic editorial guidelines will earn 5 credits. For each full article published 20 credits are earned. Each internal audit related article published in any other trade or professional journal that is authored by a chapter member is 5 credits.

To report your writing and speaking go to http://dallasiia.org/Speaking.htm and complete the provided form by January 11, 2002. Contact Dace Ward (dace.ward@eds.com, 972-605-6128) if you have any questions.


Miss Tall Dallas 2002

IIA member Debbie HarrisOn November 19, 2001 IIA member Debbie Harris was crowned Miss Tall Dallas 2002 following a tough competition. The five-foot ten-and-one-half inch winner has blue-eyes and brown-hair and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington. Miss Harris is an Assistant Vice President in Corporate Audit at Bank of America in Dallas. During her reign as Miss Tall Dallas 2002, Debbie will make many public appearances and represent all talls in the Metroplex area. She is a Certified Internal Auditor, a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Information Systems Auditor. She is a member of Toastmasters, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Information System Audit and Control Association. Debbie also participates in volunteer and fundraising activities for several local charitable organizations. Miss Tall Dallas 2002 will represent Texas in the Miss Tall International pageant next summer in Sacramento, CA.

 

Chapter Seminars

Ready, Set, Go…. A Jumpstart into 2002

The Academic Relations Committee is hosting a morning seminar on Thursday, February 21st, dedicated to jumpstarting you into 2002. The seminar will feature Ziglar Training Systems’ speaker, Krish Dhanam, and will be held at CityPlace. Please make plans to attend and participate in this exciting, interactive session focused on selling techniques for non-traditional salespeople - auditors like us. The seminar is designed to provide you with the skills to identify your client’s style and adapt your selling style to compliment the client’s style. After participating in this session you should enhance your success as demonstrated by your ability to engage clients in taking ownership for audit recommendations.

Several organizations have benefited from Krish Dhanam’s dynamic presentations. Krish understands the ever-changing cultural corporate climate and has a very diverse international background. Krish’s client list includes companies such as AG Edwards & Sons, IBM Mid America Employees Credit Union, Marriott Hotels, Texas Association of Life Underwriters, Weyerhaeuser Corporation and many others.

Please make plans now to participate in this unique opportunity prior to the monthly meeting beginning at 8:00am on Thursday, February 21st at CityPlace. Look for more more details, prices and on-line registration for the seminar at http://dallasiia.org/Seminars.htm.


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Seminars in Dallas

The IIA would like to invite Dallas chapter members to the upcoming IIA seminars being held the week of February 25 - March 1 at the Doubletree Hotel at Lincoln Centre, 5410 LBJ Freeway, Dallas. A special room rate of $139 single/double occupancy is available for reservations made prior to February 4th. Contact the hotel at 972-934-8400 for details and to make lodging reservations.

They will be offering the following seminars (Click on any Seminar title to link back to The IIA Web site to get full course descriptions, who should attend, and to register, etc):

Please remember that four people from the same organization can attend the Dallas seminars for the price of three! The registrations must be made and paid for together. The least expensive will be paid by The IIA. This special offer applies to all of the seminars except the Financial Investigation Using Data Analysis Technology course.

For more information and/or to register, click any of the links above or go to the IIA's Seminar Page.

Career Opportunities

Baylor Health Care System
Office of Internal Audit
Position Profile:

Senior IT Auditor

Education / Experience

Required:

  • Bachelors Degree in either Accounting or Information Systems
  • At least 4 years IS Audit or related experience
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

Preferred:

  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Masters Degree and/or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) a plus
  • Consulting experience with a Big 5 Accounting firm or large corporation

Skills / Abilities

Required:

  • Proficient in CAAT applications using ACL, MS Access, and MS Excel
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Time management and project management skills
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently to meet objectives
  • Well developed analytical / critical thinking skills
  • Ability to systematically solve problems and make decisions
  • Advanced understanding of disaster recovery planning; application and system development life cycles; physical and operation security controls; automated assessment tools and reporting; security management Best Practices

Basic Functions

  • Assist the Internal Audit management in identifying potential areas of risk in the IS domain.
  • Objectively evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of the information systems’ internal controls surrounding the activities of all departments and entities.
  • Assist management in developing and implementing value-added enhancements to existing systems and processes.
  • Advise management regarding new business processes and/or systems to ensure they are properly controlled and will operate as intended.
  • Develop, implement, and train other audit staff on applications for CAAT (computer assisted auditing techniques) using ACL, MS Access, and/or MS Excel.

For additional information contact Dolores Woody at 214-820-3379

Applicants may apply on-line at baylorhealth.com

Baylor Health Care System


Looking for a career change or companies seeking employees? Let the Dallas IIA Employment Committee help you. Individuals seeking positions can send an updated resume to:

Greg Dubis
JCPenney Company
P.O. Box 10001
Dallas, TX 75301-4321
Phone: (972) 431-5946
Fax: (972) 431-5995
E-mail: gdubis@jcpenney.com

Resumes will be kept on file and forwarded to Companies and Recruiters seeking to fill positions. This service is offered to members at no charge.

Also, any Company desiring to advertise a job opening in the Monthly eNews and on the web site may do so for a small fee. Contact Tracie Martin (traciem@baylordallas.edu) at 214-820-6970 for more information.


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