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January 2005

President's Letter

Happy New Year! It’s 2005! And we have great line-up this month as we team up with the North Texas Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Chapter to bring you “White Collar Cybercrimes,” by Mark Loveless from the BindView Corporation at our January 13 luncheon. In addition, we have pre- and post-meetings scheduled that are geared towards Information Systems Auditing.

As a reminder, the spring CIA review course will be at The University of Texas at Dallas from February 4-7. Dr. Glenn Sumners will be presenting this helpful course.

We look forward to a great spring line-up. Once again, the Chapter thanks you for all the support we receive.

See you at the January 13 meeting!

Sincerely,
Jeffrey E. Seutter
Dallas IIA 2004-05 President

Next Meeting

Thursday, January 13, 2005
CityPlace Conference Center
Joint Meeting with the
North Texas Chapter of ISACA

Meeting 12:00pm - 1:20pm
Registration begins at 11:30pm

White collar cybercrime is quickly becoming a worldwide phenomenon, with thousands of corporations affected by malicious attacks. These attacks can range from denial-of-service and direct network assaults, to strikes against internal vulnerabilities with small office/home office installations and rogue wireless access points, servers or workstations.

White collar cybercrime also includes the largely publicized methodologies employed by Russian crime rings that threaten cyber attacks if extortion demands aren’t met. One Russian outfit brought down several high-profile online UK gaming sites, including www.sportingoptions.com. By creating and blasting a variety of viruses and worms, they threatened to essentially shut down the sites if their payment demands weren’t met.

The influx of white collar cybercrime has prompted the need for precautionary measures that protect organizations against internal and external IT assets. During this session with Mark Loveless, participants will hear about the key tactics used by white collar cybercriminals, including how to develop and maintain comprehensive security policies to strengthen the overall security of IT infrastructures.

As a senior security analyst with BindView Corporation, Mark Loveless, AKA "Simple Nomad", works on the company’s highly regarded RAZOR Research Team. He is also the founder of the Nomad Mobile Research Centre (NMRC), an international group of hackers that explore technologies.

Loveless has spent years developing and testing security strengths for a broad range of computer systems. He has authored numerous papers, tools and articles, all dealing with the security -- and insecurity -- of computer security. Loveless is a frequently sought lecturer at security conferences and industry events around the globe. He has been quoted in print, online and television media outlets regarding computer security and privacy.


Pre-Meeting 10:30am - 11:30am

Internal Audit and
Business Continuity Planning

Dan Bailey, MBCP
Protiviti

This session explains how an Internal Audit program adds value to an organization's business continuity planning process. It also outlines information that is available to the internal auditor as well as proven approaches to conducting a business continuity audit.

Dan Bailey is a Senior Manager in the Dallas office. He worked for First American Corporation prior to joining Protiviti in November 2003, where he was responsible for the Enterprise Business Continuity Program. He's worked in a variety of industries; Insurance, Financial Services (banking and real estate), Technology Services, and Data Management. He has been actively involved in the Information Technology field since 1984 and has been specifically focused in the business continuity field since 1991. Dan received his Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) and Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP) certifications from DRI International in 1999 and 2002 respectively. He also serves as a Commissioner on DRI International's Certification Commission.

Dan's focus at Protiviti is primarily in the Technology Risk, but more specifically in the Business Continuity practice. He has managed and executed engagements for Alliance Data Systems, BEI Technologies, Carreker Corporation, CRIIMI MAE, Fremont Investment & Loan, Intuit, RHI International, and Weider Nutrition.


Special Pre-Meeting 9:30am - 11:30am

Special Pre-Meeting: Join a Focus Group on XBRL

Glen Gray, PhD, CPA, (an IIA Researcher and professor in the Accounting and Information Systems at California State University) will be attending our January meeting and would like to arrange a focus group (about 12 members) discussion to explore reactions and concerns of internal auditors to XBRL. XBRL is an emerging standard for tagging financial information for electronic transmission, manipulation and storage. See recent article on the subject at: http://www.theiia.org/itaudit/index.cfm?fuseaction=forum&fid=5551.

The focus group will NOT go deeply into XBRL technology. The discussions would be divided into two parts. The first part would focus on how auditors currently manipulate (extract, consolidate, transmit, etc.) data and what are the issues/problems/concerns with these current activities. The second part will then focus on the participant’s reactions and thoughts regarding XBRL’s expected uses and benefits related to data manipulation and the issues/problems/concerns that surfaced in the first part of the focus group.

Glen is not looking for XBRL experts. He is more interested in peoples’ reactions to what proponents of XBRL believe are the main benefits of XBRL. He would like a mix of people for the focus group – both from the level of technology experience and the overall number of years of experience.

The focus group is scheduled for two hours (9:30 – 11:30) prior to our January 13 luncheon meeting at CityPlace. Each participant will receive two hours of CPE. Contact Dave Hallo at David.Hallo@kaneb.com if you are interested in participating. If you have already contacted Dave to join the focus group, you do not need to contact him again.


Post-Meeting 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Changing Internal Audit Practices in the New Paradigm: The Sarbanes-Oxley Environment

Glen Gray, Ph.D., CPA

Glen Gray, Ph.D., CPA, an IIA Researcher and professor in the Accounting and Information Systems at California State University, will be making a presentation on his most recent IIA Research Foundation report entitled: “Changing Internal Audit Practices in the New Paradigm: The Sarbanes-Oxley Environment.”

In his report, Glen explores how the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 is impacting internal auditors, public accounting firms, and public companies – all of which play a vital role in shaping the internal audit environment. He has found that it is truly a paradigm shift for those companies and accounting firms that implemented major changes in their organizations and how they do business. Included in his presentation will be:

  • An overview of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and its impact on the profession.
  • Individual case studies that summarize the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley act on parties affected, as well as the interactions that occur.
  • Illustrations of how unprecedented opportunities have arisen for internal auditors to increase their visibility, status, and value in their companies.

Map to CityPlace Conference CenterCityplace Confernce CenterThis meeting is being held at CityPlace Conference Center, 2711 North Haskell Street, Dallas, Texas 75204

                            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:

Kari Reddick
Triad Hospitals
Phone: 214-473-3820
Fax: 866-855-0085 
kari.reddick@triadhospitals.com

Meeting / Luncheon Fees:

Dallas 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 7, 2005 or a $5 late fee will be charged.

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

We Now Accept Credit Cards - Online Only

We accept most major Credit Cards

The IIA Dallas Chapter, in conjunction with PayPal, will now accept payment online for the monthly luncheons. There is no change in the cost to you for the lunch. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or eCheck. Note that some corporate-issued cards are not accepted by PayPal. This service is only available online at the time the reservation is made. This can be used to pay for individual or group reservations. Follow the instructions on our website. If you properly cancel a reservation before the meeting, the Chapter will either return the funds to you or reserve you for the next meeting. Any questions, contact Melinda Lokey at 214-473-3823 or melinda.lokey@triadhospitals.com.

After you place your reservation online, you will see the link to pay via PayPal if desired.

Chapter News

CIA Exam Review Course

photo_gs.jpg (11620 bytes)The Certified Internal Auditor exam is scheduled for May 18 -19, 2005. The Dallas Chapter will once again sponsor an interactive CIA review course to help prepare candidates. This four day course will be taught by Dr. Glenn Sumners, Director of the Center for Internal Auditing at LSU. Comprehensive printed study materials will be provided for the course. Register On-line for this review course at http://dallasiia.org/CIAReview_S05.htm#a01.

The course will be taught February 4 through February 7, 2005 (Friday - Monday), 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day, according to the following schedule:

  • February 4,  2003 – Part I – Internal Audit Activity’s Role in Governance, Risk, and Control
  • February 5,  2003 – Part II – Conducting the Internal Audit Engagement
  • February 6,  2003 – Part III – Business Analysis and Information Technology
  • February 7,  2003 – Part IV – Business Management Skills
  • (Please note if you are a CBA, CGAP, CCSA, CISA, CMA, CPA, CTA, CUCE, CRCM or CTCP you are eligible to receive professional recognition credit for Part IV of the CIA Exam.)

    Eight hours of continuing professional education (CPE) will be given for each full day session. The course will be taught at the UTD School of Management (SOM) Room 1.502. A map with directions to UTD can be found at:

    http://www.utdallas.edu/campusmap.html

    Cost for the course is $125 for each part if you are a Dallas IIA Chapter member, $150 for each part for non-members and members of other chapters. A reduced rate is being offered to students in the Dallas Chapter. Please contact David Gibbs at davidgibbs5@comcast.net for more information on the student rates.

    Note: You may pay on-line with a credit card for this course. You will be given that opportunity when your online reservation is confirmed.

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    If you choose not to pay on-line with a credit card, the registration fee must be received by Toni Messer at the address below in order to reserve your place at the course. Checks should be made payable to the Dallas IIA:

    Toni Messer
    UTD Office of Internal Audits
    P.O. Box 830688 AD 32
    Richardson, TX 75083-0688

    For additional information about the review course, contact Toni Messer at 972-883-2693 or tmesser@utdallas.edu.

    If you are interested in overnight accommodations, there are several hotels near UTD (these are listed for information only; the Chapter has made no arrangements with these hotels):

    http://www.richardsontexas.org/Accomodations_All.htm


    Welcome our Newest Members & Congratulate our Most Seasoned Ones

    November 2004 New Members
    Jeanne M. King
    Gregory Kubos
    Joseph A. Mauriello
    Carlton Paulson
    Benjamin C. Bryant
    Stephanie Crews
    Chris Chapman Linsteadt
    Julius K. Mwangi
    Bryan Salone
    Phil Stetz
    Stepanie C Cooney
    Jeffrey Butler
    Martha Merkson Williams
    Vicki L. Erickson
    Jennifer Reiter
    Katherine A. McHaney
    Susan M Jost
    Chris Loper
    Russell McGuire
    Danny Bazih
    Idris L. Gettridge
    Nicole Keeffe
    Michael Quimbey
    Tiffany Clewis
    Craig Davis
    Billy Z. Marandure
    James B. Vorhies
    Issa Bazsa
    Alex Ramon
    Michael Yip
    David B. Brown
    Lauren Gembler
    Judith L. Kanapicki
    Alan Maner
    Aamrpali Patel
    Chad Reed
    Lynn Hope Rivera
    Kevin Rockecharlie
    Jeanna N. Smith
    Nikkia Syas
    Olumide A. Biyi
    December 2004 New Members
    William Stadler
    Anthony B. Lenhoff
    Virginia Kirker Enriquez
    Avdhesh Gupta
    Lynn Smith
    Mary Aruti
    Rebecca Belcher
    Carol Luckow
    Michele L. Smith
    Melissa Krenek
    Kathleen Lim
    Shane Spillers
    Jen Vroonland
    Doneil Smith
    Robert Lynn Wakefield
    January 2005 Anniversaries
    Less than 900 current members worldwide have earned the distinction of membership in the IIA for over 25 years. In January, we added eight members of the Dallas Chapter to this elite group.

    35 Years
    Charles Pipes
    Ronald Crews

    30 Years
    Dennis Beran
    James Niles

    25 Years
    Amador Adame
    Corinne Bryan
    David Steffel
    Elmer Strieker

    Congratulations to each of you. We are proud of the members of the Dallas Chapter and will be honoring each of you as you reach your milestone anniversaries. Thank you for your continued membership and service!

    For their 20 years of membership in the IIA, we would like to recognize:

    Kathryn Barton
    Steven Shepherd
    Robert Wayboer
    Sheila Bellows
    John Harwell
    Anita Helpert
    Holland Smith
    Lawrence Rex
    James Waldrop
    Sherwin Cord

    15 Years

    Forrest Brown
    Michael Collum
    Larry Overton
    David Perry
    Tracy Beardmore
    Michael Gaffney
    Stephen Shelton
    Kyle Garner
    Raymond Clay
    Bruce Coltharp
    Catherine Whetsell
    Edward Busheme
    Michael Rogers

    10 Years

    Michele Curry
    Mark Halliwell
    Deborah Mutzabaugh
    Terry Eaton
    Anthony Wooten
    Sherri Durst
    Ramesh Ganesh
    Brady Vigil
    Jeffrey Tarleton
    John Copley
    Brian Simmons
    Charles Zhang
    Lee Anderson
    Johnny Lazarine
    Robert Duplantis
    Fred Herman
    James McKeever
    Andrew Wilcox
    Richard Crawford
    Malcolm Hensley
    Vanessa Hewitt
    Rick Link
    Christian Desjardins
    Cynthia Claybrook
    Kathleen Crickman
    Judy Foglia
    Rosalinda Hancock
    Taunya Huggett
    Judith Jolley
    Pamela Krakosky
    Susan A. Price
    Carol Thomas
    Nancy Guerra
    Richard Keesecker
    Michael H. Kennemer


    Report Your Speaking and Writing

    It's time again for the survey to determine which IIA Dallas Chapter members have submitted articles or spoken in December, or earlier if not 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 15, 2005. Contact Magdalena Kovats (214-777-0581 or magdalena.kovats@resources-us.com) if you have any questions.

    Career Opportunities

    Are you currently in the job market either voluntarily or involuntarily? Let the Employment Committee help you. Send us your resume and we will include you in our resume database. We receive calls from recruiters and hiring managers for open positions and will forward your resume if there is a match. We get calls for staff to director levels, IT to finance, local to out of town. All inquiries will be handled confidentially. If you have any questions, give us a call or e-mail us. We look forward to helping you.

    Fred Herman, Employment Committee Chairman, 972-801-1208, fsjnherman@aol.com.


    Internal Audit, Audit Consultant

    Internal Auditors serve the organization as internal consultants trained in identifying risk, evaluating risk management, adding value, facilitating change, and solving unstructured business problems. Dell uses the internal audit department as a training ground (2-4 years) and as a stepping stone to other opportunities within the company. Internal audit is an excellent opportunity to gain an overview of the organization's operations. Assignments are largely complex in nature and require strong individual contribution, teamwork, and effective communication/interaction with a variety of Dell business leaders and teams. Independent judgment and initiative are required to identify risks, evaluate issues, and develop workable solutions in line with Dell business objectives and leading industry practices. Some of the key duties include:

    • Assist in planning and project definition
    • Identify IT controls needed
    • Develop and complete appropriate test procedures of the area under review
    • Recommend system improvements to increase efficiency and effectiveness
    • Report out audit findings for management and obtain management action plans (MAP's) for all found control weaknesses
    • Track ongoing progress against MAP's and ensure successful completion
    • Thorough ability to identify business processes

    A successful candidate must demonstrate strong communication skills, business acumen, drive for results, and organizational agility. In addition, the individual must have strong research and analysis skills.

    Prefer Bachelor's degree in IT, Accounting, or Finance, with 3-6 yrs experience or equivalent training/experience. Prefer diverse experience drawn from Dell, Industry, and/or Consulting. Professional certification (CISA, CMA, CIA, PMP) preferred.

    Please contact:

    Shannon Wolfe
    Corporate Services Finance
    Talent Acquisition
    One Dell Way
    Round Rock, TX 78682
    (512) 728-4429
    Shannon_wolfe@dell.com


    Are you an Auditor tired of traveling all the time?

    Kelly Financial Resources is currently searching for a Senior Internal Auditor for a terrific position in Downtown Dallas with No Travel!!!!

    The ideal candidate must have the following to be considered:

    • CIA or CPA Certificate
    • Bachelors in Accounting or Finance
    • At least 4 years internal audit experience

    Preferred qualifications include:

    • Healthcare Experience
    • Supervisory Experience
    • Big 4 Accounting Experience

    Responsibilities include:

    • Serving as a Project Leader in planning, organizing, and directing work to ensure the timely completion of assigned projects.
    • Identifying potential risk exposure and evaluate the effectiveness of organizational policies and procedures and internal controls designed to meet strategic business objectives.

    The position pays $60,000 to $70,000 per year with great benefits!

    To be considered please apply on line at www.kellyfinance.com or email

    your resume to jeff.corritori@kellyservices.com.

    Kelly Financial Resources (KFR) specializes in the placement of financial professionals in the fields of Accounting and Finance.

    We are a specialized business unit of Kelly Services, Inc., a US-based Fortune 500 company and global staffing industry leader. KFR relies on a vast network of offices located in the major business centers of the world to deliver our services internationally. Visit us at http://www.kellyfinance.com.


    Internal Auditor III

    GENERAL SUMMARY:
    Provides intermediate auditing skills in the conduct of audits of the various functions and activities of DART. The DART Internal Audit Department is COSO based and utilizes a matrix approach to analyze business objectives, risks to the objectives, and controls to mitigate the risks. The matrix is developed utilizing interviews supported by walk-throughs and subsequent testing. The audits are selected by an annual risk assessment done by department personnel. The auditors also engage in proactive participation in system and process projects as control consultants.

    REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Reports to Director, Internal Audit, Albert J. Bazis.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND JOB FUNCTIONS:

    1. Conducts or works on assigned audits of various DART departments or external contractors.
    2. Provides guidance to assigned Auditor II’s on moderate-risk audits or may work under the direction of an Auditor IV on more complex audits.
    3. Evaluates the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls surrounding the activities under audit and determining compliance with all applicable DART policies and procedures.
    4. Executes audits in a professional and timely manner in accordance with appropriate professional auditing standards and prescribed Internal Audit departmental policies.
    5. Prepares and reviews working papers of a quality acceptable to audit department management and the standards of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). The working papers will be used as a basis for supporting work performed, conclusions drawn, as well as findings and recommendations included in the audit report.
    6. May write audit program; develop findings with adequate evidence; makes recommendations for improvements and writes moderately complex reports
    7. Conducts or assists in investigation of alleged theft, misuse of funds or other defalcations as well as to establish how it occurred, the extent of loss and means of prevention.
    8. Performs other duties as assigned.

    MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

    1. Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Business Administration, or related area.
    2. Three (3) to Five (5) years of professional level experience in an internal audit, public accounting, or related environment to include (2) two years of auditing experience. Working knowledge of internal control concepts and technical proficiency in auditing skills.
    3. Effective oral and written and communications skills. Able to write memos, letters, reports, and e-mails, that are accurate, well organized grammatically correct, and in appropriate format.
    4. High level of analytical and creative skills to find solutions to complex professional, technical, and administrative problems.
    5. Substantial interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with sensitivity to all levels of supervisory and non-supervisory employees, executive staff, Board Members, governmental entities, a culturally diverse community, consultants and others both inside and outside of DART.
    6. Ability to demonstrate a fiduciary obligation to division, department, and DART in handling materials and information of a confidential nature.
    7. Personal computer (PC); software applications to include word processing, spreadsheet, database, etc.
    8. Valid Texas driver's license as required by law and not have any delinquent traffic citations, no Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) conviction within the last sixty (60) consecutive months, not more than one (1) DWI conviction on driving record, and not more than three (3) convictions of moving violations within the last thirty-six (36) consecutive months in order to operate DART vehicles.

    An equivalent combination of related education and experience may be substituted for the above stated minimums excluding High School Diploma, GED, Licenses, or Certifications.

    WORKING CONDITIONS: Works in an environment where there is minimum exposure to dust, noise, or temperature. May be moderately exposed to unpleasant working conditions to dust, noise, temperature, weather, petroleum products, and chemicals while visiting DART's operating facilities, assuming incumbent is observing all policies and procedures, safety precautions and regulations, and using all protective clothing and devices provided.

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

    Salary Minimum: $46,082

    No travel required.

    For employment consideration, please fax resume to (214) 749- 3636.


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