eNews - February 2010

The President’s Letter

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season. We resumed our monthly meetings in January with a joint meeting with ISACA focusing on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).

Our February meeting will be held on February 4th at the Cityplace Conference Center. February is our Academic Relations month. The CAST meeting will focus on Negotiating Skills and will be presented by Steve McLaurin from SolomonEdwards. The pre-meeting will cover Networking Skills with Helen Dickey. The lunch speaker is going to be Paul Sobel, President of IIARF and VP of Internal Audit at Mirant Corporation. He will be covering Emerging Trends in the Internal Audit Profession. There are two post meetings scheduled concurrently. The first will be Job Skills for the Changing Internal Audit Profession, presented by Paul Sobel. The second post-meeting will be Speed Interviewing. We currently have 24 interviewers confirmed. I look forward to seeing all of you at the meeting.

We are continuing our sponsorship of five unemployed DALLAS IIA MEMBERS for our monthly meetings. In order to receive the free registration you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a member of the Dallas Chapter
  • Be actively looking for employment due to a job loss
  • Commit to volunteer at the meeting in an assigned capacity (check in table, name tag table, welcome committee, etc.)

In order to register, please send an email directly to reservations@dallasiia.org no earlier than Wednesday, January 27th. Any requests received prior to this date will not be accepted. Registrations will be filled on a first come, first serve basis and, if accepted, your reservation will be confirmed by the Reservations Chair.

The deadline to register for our upcoming SMART (Seminars on Mastering Audit Real-world Techniques) seminar is January 29th. The seminar is scheduled for February 9th through 11th. The seminar will cover Oracle Security Auditing and be presented by Tanya Baccam, Baccam Consulting, LLC.

Registration is also open for the Fraud Summit March 25th and 26th at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). Seating is limited for this conference and it traditionally sells out well in advance, so please take advantage of the early registration special now through January 31, 2010. This special price is $200 for one person or $600 for four people.

I look forward to continuing to work with you to make the Dallas Chapter of the IIA a success in 2010.


Tom Keils
2009/10 President – Dallas Chapter IIA

Next Meeting - Thursday, February 4, 2010
Cityplace Conference Center

Academic Relations Month

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

Emerging Trends of the Internal Audit Profession
Paul Sobel, Vice Chairman of the Board – Research; President of IIARF;
Vice President of Internal Audit, Mirant Corporation

Objectives:  Over the last 18 months we’ve seen unprecedented challenges and changes in the business world. Not surprisingly, the events leading to these turbulent times have also caused shifts in the direction of internal auditing. In this presentation, Paul Sobel discusses the state of the profession and where it is going in the coming years. Using recent surveys, as well as his own experience as a Chief Audit Executive and IIA leader, he provides insights into the challenges internal auditors currently face, the changes that will be taking place in the profession, and how current and future internal auditors can prepare to succeed in this evolving environment.

Paul Sobel is Vice President, Internal Audit for Mirant Corporation, an energy company based in Atlanta that operates power plants in five states. He is responsible for directing the worldwide internal audit activities and developing and implementing risk assessment and ERM methodologies. In addition to reporting to Mirant’s Audit Committee and Nominating & Governance Committee, he sits on the company’s Risk Oversight, IT Steering, Disclosure and Sarbanes-Oxley Steering Committees.

Prior to joining Mirant, Mr. Sobel was Vice President, Risk Assessment at Aquila, Inc., in Kansas City, with similar responsibilities. Before joining Aquila, Paul was a Senior Manager in Arthur Andersen’s Business Risk Consulting practice, with focus on risk assessments and internal audit co-sourcing arrangements. His career has also included positions as Audit Director with Harcourt General in Orlando, responsible for the Harcourt Brace publishing and insurance operations; International Audit Manager for PepsiCo, based out of Purchase, NY, responsible for audits of the international soft drink, snack food and restaurant operations; and Experienced Manager with Arthur Andersen in St. Louis, responsible for financial and information systems audits.

Paul is a CIA and CPA. He is a frequent speaker on governance, ERM and internal audit topics at IIA and other conferences, and achieved Distinguished Faculty honors as an instructor of IIA seminars. He has published a book titled Auditor’s Risk Management Guide: Integrating Auditing and ERM. In addition, he co-authored the textbook titled Internal Auditing: Assurance and Consulting Services, which is sponsored by the IIA’s Research Foundation. Finally, he has been recognized for articles published in Internal Auditor magazine (The IIA) and Management Accounting Quarterly (Institute of Management Accountants).

Paul has been an active volunteer in the profession. He currently serves on the IIA Board of Directors, and is President of the IIA Research Foundation. In the past he has served on the North American Board, the Strategic Planning Task Force, the IIA Research Foundation Board as a Trustee, and has served as the Midwest Region Representative and Midwest District One Representative. He currently serves on the Atlanta Chapter Board of Governors and has agreed to be the Program Chair for the IIA’s 2010 International Conference, which will be held in Atlanta. Previously, he served as President of the Kansas City Chapter, and was on the Board of Governors in the Kansas City and Central Florida Chapters. He has also been appointed to the Standing Advisory Group of the PCAOB. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.

1 Hour Continuing Education

CAST Meeting 10:30am - 11:30am
Registration begins at 10:00am

Negotiating Skills
Steve McLaurin, Managing Partner, SolomonEdwardsGroup

Objectives:   In today’s market, how should you approach negotiating? Do you have the better position or does your employer, client or customer? Do the market conditions really dictate whether you should negotiate, or just how you should approach negotiations? To some individuals, negotiation skills come very naturally; to others, it becomes very uncomfortable to negotiate. The key to negotiation is to understand your Best Negotiated Alternative (BNA). You have to know where the value resides for both parties and position that value to your best advantage. With that said, good negotiations should leave both parties feeling that they received mutual results.

Steve McLaurin is the Managing Partner for SolomonEdwardsGroup in DFW. SolomonEdwardsGroup (SEG) is a Services Firm solving the shifting needs of the CFO and CIO organizations and its professionals. SEG delivers talent, perspective, and action in the critical areas of accounting operations, resource management, business performance, information technology, and risk and regulations. Steve McLaurin has over 20 years experience working with both CFOs and CIOs from middle market to Fortune 100 companies.

Steve’s areas of expertise include financial talent acquisition, accounting, auditing, information technology risk management, SOX, ERP, and financial reporting system implementations. In these roles, Steve has managed and implemented a variety of solutions.

Steve began his public accounting career with Coopers & Lybrand after two years as a systems analyst with General Dynamics. He became a partner in 1998 with the PricewaterhouseCooper LLP (PwC) assurance practice where he focused on auditing and information technology risk management. Steve transferred to the PwC Consulting practice and, following IBM’s purchase of PwC Consulting, he became an executive with the IBM BCS Financial Management practice. Steve has been recognized for his accomplishments by the Business Press in its "40 Under 40" listing and by Texas Business as one of its "Lone Stars." He is also a member of Leadership Fort Worth.

Steve received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, where he also served as an adjunct Professor of Accounting Information Systems. In 2001, he was recognized as “Outstanding Young Alumnus” by Evangel University. He is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

1 Hour Continuing Education

Pre-Meeting 10:30am - 11:30am
Registration begins at 10:00am

Networking: It Isn't What You Know But Who You Know
Helen Dickey, Healthcare 180°, HDMG

Objectives:  This presentation is not exclusively for folks in transition. Networking is a topic that is applicable whether you are currently employed or not. Why? Because strong networking is essential to your survival in today’s work environment and hence is critical to your professional success. Networking is about building solid relationships through effective networking; it will pay off in many ways, from making new acquaintances, generating new business, and finding your next job. Learn how to effectively network and build solid relationships, and then watch your professional success grow.

Helen Dickey has extensive experience in the professional services and financial institutions industries. Currently, she is involved in the start-up of two new firms in DFW: Healthcare 180°, providing finance/accounting and risk and control services in the healthcare and insurance industries, and HDMG, focused on internal audit services.

Over the past 12 years, Helen was an executive for a major professional services firm where her responsibilities included strategy development, sales and marketing management, financial control, delivery oversight, and people management. She also worked in the financial institutions industry for 12 years both in accounting and internal audit. She served as a trusted advisor to management and was responsible for leading and directing internal audits. In addition, she worked for Coopers & Lybrand as well as Peat Marwick Mitchell performing external audits, mainly in the financial institutions industry.

Helen graduated from the University of Texas in Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Information Systems Auditor. She has served on the Board of Governors for the Dallas Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors since 2004.

1 Hour Continuing Education

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

Job Skills for the Changing Internal Audit Profession
Paul Sobel, Vice Chairman of the Board – Research; President of IIARF;
Vice President of Internal Audit, Mirant Corporation

Objectives:  Paul will lead an interactive session with some of the leading research on skills that make a successful auditor in today’s dynamic environment. Many companies along with their audit groups have gone through significant change during the past year and may need to retool to meet the challenges in the future. This session will probe into those areas which audit groups can provide the most significant value added services. Since students will be in a networking event, this session is meant for experienced auditors of all levels, including CAE’s.

See Paul's bio above

1 Hour Continuing Education

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

Speed Interviewing

Objectives: In commemoration of Academic Relations Month, this portion of the meeting invites students to interview with several area Chief Audit Executives (CAEs) and Senior Managers. At the end of the session, the CAEs and Senior Managers will provide interview feedback to students. This event has been greeted with much anticipation by students in years past and we are looking forward to a successful event this year as well. Below is a list of audit executives who will be participating as ‘speed interviewers’:

  • Amy LaBarge, Director of Audit, Parkland Health & Hospital System
  • Anke Eckardt, Area Director Group Internal Audit NAM, Lehigh Hanson/Heidelberg Cement
  • Catherine Eden, Chief Audit Executive, T Bank NA
  • Chris Linsteadt, Assistant Director of Internal Auditing Education, UTD
  • Daniel Goldberg, Director of SOX Compliance, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
  • David Williams, Associate Audit Director, JCPenney Company Inc.
  • Eric Atwood, Director of Internal Audit, Blockbuster Inc.
  • Gary Pankake, Assistant Director of Internal Audit, UNT
  • Gill Goodson, Director of Internal Audit, Southwest Securities, Inc.
  • Gina Moore, Audit Manager, VHA
  • Glenn Onstad, Senior Vice President, Risk and Compliance, Bank of America
  • Keith Brazile, Director of Internal Audit, Belo Corporation
  • Lee Gramly, Audit Manager, JCPenney Company Inc.
  • Leonard Amaya, Chief Internal Auditor, Broadview Security
  • Lori Rainwater, Vice President of Internal Audit, Southwest Airlines
  • Pablo DeArkos, Internal Audit Manager, Southwest Securities Inc.
  • Prashant Karanam, Manager of Advisory Services, Ernst & Young
  • Randy Watterworth, Director, Risk Advisory Services, Jefferson Wells
  • Robert Alexander, President, Strategic Controls Solutions, LLC.
  • Robert Rubel, Director of Internal Audit, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Robert Wakefield, Director of Internal Audit, INX Inc.
  • Sheri P. Kowalski, Director of Internal Audit, Children’s Medical Center

1 Hour Continuing Education

New Online Registration Requirements

A few months ago, the Dallas Chapter made a change to the CPE process.  After attending an IIA meeting, an online evaluation is distributed via email.  When you click the link to the online evaluation, you can immediately prepare and print your CE certificate for that specific meeting.  We had an overwhelming positive response to this process improvement, and want to keep making improvements such as this to streamline our processes.

New this year, beginning with the August meeting, the Dallas Chapter will require payment prior to confirming your registration.  Almost 90% of our attendees already pay through PayPal, so this is not a change for them.  If you need to pay by check, your check must be received prior to the meeting (see details below).  Our goal is to reduce the wait time at the check in tables, improve controls, and ease the reconciliation process on the back end.

As a friendly reminder and to provide clarification for our new members:

  • Registration cutoff is 5:00 pm CST on the Friday before the meeting (unless otherwise noted).
  • Payment must be received by the Friday before the meeting (unless otherwise noted).  Your registration is not confirmed until paid.  We strongly encourage you to pay via PayPal to confirm your registration.  If you are mailing a check, the envelope must be post marked 8 days prior to the meeting (i.e., on Wednesday the week prior to the Thursday meeting) to ensure we receive your payment on time.  If the envelope is not post marked within the required timeframe and is received late, you will be notified by email that a) the meeting is sold out or b) an additional $10 late fee per person will be assessed.  Only registrations paid by PayPal will be accepted on Thursday and Friday prior to the meeting.
  • If you miss the deadline to register and space is available, you can attend the meeting as a walk-in.  Before coming to the meeting, please check the website to see if we are accepting walk-ins since our meetings tend to sell out.
  • The deadline to cancel your registration is 5:00 pm CST on the Friday before the meeting (unless otherwise noted) to receive a refund.  If you do not cancel by the deadline, you may send a substitute in your place after notifying reservations@dallasiia.org.  The substitute will be required to pay an additional $10 if they are not a member of the Dallas Chapter.
  • All walk-ins will need to register at a separate table before the start of the meeting.  The walk-ins will be required to complete an on-site registration form which will include name, company name, address, and email address and can pay with cash or check made payable to the Dallas Chapter of The IIA for the applicable amount.

Registration: Place and confirm your reservation via the web site at http://www.dallasiia.org/Reserve_0210.htm.

The following are the current rates for our monthly meetings:

May 2015 Social Meeting Prices:

  • Dallas IIA Member $55
  • Other IIA Member or Non-member $65

NO WALK-INs will be allowed. Price includes up to 2 CPE and game ticket; there is no prorated price for attending just one of the meeting day sessions.

We will keep you posted as we continue to make improvements.  If you have any suggestions, please feel free to contact any of the officers of the Dallas Chapter.  Thanks for your cooperation!

Meeting Location:

Cityplace Conference Center,
2711 North Haskell Street, Dallas, Texas 75204

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Preferred Method:

Place and confirm your reservation via the web site at http://www.dallasiia.org/Reserve_0210.htm.

Pamela Krakosky

May 2015 Social Meeting Prices:

  • Dallas IIA Member $55
  • Other IIA Member or Non-member $65

NO WALK-INs will be allowed. Price includes up to 2 CPE and game ticket; there is no prorated price for attending just one of the meeting day sessions.

Reservations & Payment must be received by 5:00 PM on Friday, January 29, 2010.

Registration Cancellation Policy

Current Cancellation date: 5:00p Friday, May 8, 2015

  • You can cancel online until the current cancellation date and receive 100% refund. If you do not cancel by the deadline, you may send a substitute in your place after notifying reservations@dallasiia.org.
  • The substitute may be required to pay an additional fee which would depend on their membership status (Member, Student Member or Non-Member). To cancel your registration after the cancellation date, please send an email to CANCEL@dallasiia.org .

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 web site.  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 the Registration Chair at reservations@dallasiia.org.

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

Chapter News

CIA Programs

Register Now!

The next CIA review course will be held on February 12-15, 2010 and taught by Dr. Glen Sumners of LSU. Courses will be held at The University of Texas at Dallas. You can either register for all four parts, or just take one, two, or three parts. Course materials and lunches are provided. Registration details are at http://dallasiia.org/CIA_Review_S10.htm.

Congratulations to our New CIA’s and CGAP

A ceremony was held at the January 7, 2010 Dallas Chapter luncheon to honor those members who passed the Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Government Auditing Professional examinations. The Dallas Chapter is pleased to congratulate the following new CIA’s and CGAP for passing the exams and completing their requirements:

New CIAs
Jinsoo Park
Jackie Bain
Liudmila Tolkunova
Suzanne L. Singer
Beatrice Njuguna
SA K. Magalindan
Chandra McQueen
Troy L. Ceaser
Hai Jiang
Allan Wayne Avellanet
Bryan C. Liebnick
Mamatha Sparks
John Thomas Joswiak
Melinda Lokey
Greg Pizzo
Mandi Lynn Church
Regenold S. Carwise
Theresa Barnett
Matthew Luke Lien
Jens G. Karkuschke
William Andrew Knight    

Next Ceremony to Honor New CIA’s, CCSA’s, CGAP’s, and CFSA’s

The next ceremony to honor those members completing their examination requirements in October, November, or December will be held this spring. Watch the next newsletter for the date.

Check Out Our New Certifications Web Page

For information about the CIA exam and review courses, see our new website at http://dallasiia.org/CIA.htm

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:      I haven’t received my certificate yet – where is it?

A:       The IIA sends out certificates to a Dallas Chapter representative each quarter. Those taking and passing the exam, including satisfying all requirements, between July and September 2009 should be received in November 2009 and presented in December. Those passing between October and December 2009 should be received by the Chapter in January/February 2010. 

If you do not receive your certificate by September 2009, contact the IIA’s certification department:  certification@theiia.org, or call (407)937-1100.

Q:      How do I register for the exam?

A:       Exam registration can be completed via the following link: https://i7lp.integral7.com/durango/do/login?ownername=iia&channel=iia&basechannel=integral7

A New Year Begins

As we say goodbye to 2009, we want to congratulate all the December graduates. With the beginning of a new decade in front of us, we are looking forward for the new semester to begin here at UTD. With a new semester brings new faces to the class and student chapter. We welcome them all and are in the process of planning social events so current members may meet and greet the new program members. There are a number of students this semester who are not only participating in the Internal Audit class, but who will also be submitting their research papers for consideration for the Esther Sawyer Scholarship Award. We are very fortunate to have had three previous winners of this international award over a short six year timeframe.

The February Academic Relations IIA meeting is very important in encouraging students to become Internal Auditors that are active in the IIA. We may be going through a short period of a decreased demand for new internal auditors; however, a year from now that landscape will be very different. We plan ahead and continue to mentor the students.

March will also be a significant month for the program. The UTD School of Management will be hosting a fraud workshop on Thursday, March 25, 2010, with a choice of three different seminar tracks to attend. The following day, Friday, March 26, 2010, UTD will host the 5th Annual Fraud Conference. Both events run all day, so block the time on your calendar and do not forget to register while space is still available. If you register prior to January 31, 2010, a significant discount is available. Sign up now!

If you are interested in recruiting on campus or assisting the program in any way, please contact Mark Salamasick at 972-883-4729 or mark.salamasick@utdallas.edu. We are always looking for additional site tours and always welcome sponsors for our Wednesday receptions. There are a number of students still available for full time and internship opportunities, and a website is available with student resumes at www.utdallas.edu/orgs/iia. Contact Mark Salamasick for password access to the resumes.

Attention: Internal Auditors in Transition

Several internal auditors in transition within the Dallas chapter have formed an IIA Mirroring Group. What is a Mirroring Group? It’s a group of professionals seeking job opportunities in the same industry. The purpose of the Mirroring Group is to share job leads, assist with contacts at target companies, share networking events and CPE classes, and provide support and motivation

If you have any questions, please email any of the following IIA members: Helen Dickey at bad2he@verizon.net; Marc Winandy at marcwinandy@yahoo.com; or Liz Kinloch at lkinloch@aclordi.com.

New Ways to Network

During the month of September, the Dallas IIA launched a Facebook and LinkedIn group. Brought to you by the membership committee, these tools will allow you another avenue to grow your online network, communicate with other Dallas IIA members, and stay on top of current chapter events. LinkedIn is geared to professional networking; Facebook is used for both professional and social networking.


  • If you already have a profile at either one of these websites, you can join the Dallas IIA group by searching for it.
  • If you don’t have a profile but would like to set one up, visit www.linkedin.com and / or www.facebook.com and follow the instructions.
  • If you have questions contact membership@dallasiia.org

Membership Updates

The Dallas IIA Chapter would like to extend a warm welcome to our new members who joined the Chapter the last two months:

November/December 2009 New Members

Danny Colgrove
Kathryn Waldman
Charles Shamburger
Jake Gouge
John Casillas
Bruce Johnson
Kristi Hutter
Byron Smith

Sean Fields
Ernesto Malagrino
James Walker
Donald Thompson
Jon Johnson
Susana Kaneshige
Georg Taht
Tony Katz
Rheinhold Olson

Mary Kight
Marilyn Wallen
Amanda Coyle
Bryan Wallace
Clay Whitten
Adam Lam
Vicki Kidd
Sam Azimipour

New Membership Information Booth

Did you know that approximately 10% of event attendees are non-members?   We have recently added a membership information booth for future monthly meetings so non-members can stop by and receive information or ask questions related to IIA membership.  If you would like to know more about the many benefits of joining the Dallas Chapter, please stop by and speak with one of our membership committee members or pick up a brochure from the table.  The booth will be located in the registration area that is marked by a “membership information” sign.  We look forward to meeting you!


Please look for the monthly eNews (electronic newsletters) as a source of information for future events within the Dallas Chapter and other internal audit related news. If you have any questions regarding your membership or need additional information about the Dallas Chapter, please feel free to contact the Membership Chair (membership@dallasiia.org). If you are looking to become more involved in the Dallas Chapter and help give back to the internal audit profession, please contact Jay Blanchard at jayblanchard@ti.com.

As a member of The IIA, you already know the value you receive, and now we’re giving you an incentive to tell your friends and colleagues about it! With the new, year-round Recruit-a-Colleague membership program from The IIA, the more friends and colleagues you recruit to become members, the more chances you have to win free training and professional development! For complete program details, visit www.theiia.org/Recruit.

Dues Change

Effective March 1, 2010, annual dues for all North American members will increase by $50, from $145 to $195 to allow the IIA to continue enhancing quality membership services. All other membership categories will see similar increases. For more details about the change along with planned service enhancements, please reference the IIA website (http://www.theiia.org/membership/membership-dues-letter/).

IIA Research Foundation

The Research Foundation has recently issued a book entitled Internal Auditing: Assurance and Consulting Services, 2nd Edition. This is the premier international textbook designed to support the fast-growing global profession of internal auditing. It covers the key fundamentals of internal auditing that can be applied in an ever-changing business world. It was written through the collaboration of three educators (including our own Mark Salamasick) and four practitioners, which makes it the cornerstone of internal audit education as well as an important reference and training tool for internal audit practitioners.

The textbook is organized in three sections: Fundamental Internal Audit Concepts, Conducting Internal Audit Engagements, and Case Studies. It is accompanied by a CD-ROM containing three case studies, The IIA’s Code of Ethics and International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, and the leading generalized audit software packages, ACL and IDEA. Supplemental teaching materials are available for instructors upon request.

The second edition has been updated to reflect:

  • The new International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF), which was issued by The IIA in January 2009.
  • Emerging practices relating to governance, risk management, and control, the cornerstones of The IIA’s Definition of Internal Auditing.
  • Fundamental IT-related concepts that all internal auditors need to understand, including references to The IIA’s Global Technology Audit Guides (GTAG) and the Guide to the Assessment of IT Risk (GAIT).
  • Fraud guidance provided in Managing the Business Risk of Fraud: A Practical Guide, which was cosponsored by The IIA, the AICPA, and the ACFE.
  • A customized approach to conducting consulting engagements, which aligns with the new IPPF guidance.

The book can be ordered online at http://www.theiia.org/bookstore/product/internal-auditing-assurance-and-consulting-services-2nd-edition-1432.cfm (Item number 1023.2, IIA member price - $105, non member price - $135)

Report Your Speaking and Writing

It's time again for the survey to determine which IIA Dallas Chapter members have submitted articles or spoken since December 1, 2009. 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 31, 2010.


2009 - 2010 Seminars
Updated 10/15/09

Dallas Chapter Seminars

The Dallas Chapter of The IIA is pleased to announce SMART Training Courses for the upcoming year and beyond.  Our goal is to provide high quality training at a low cost for our members (starting at $150 for 1 day courses).

We have been busy these past couple of months planning and organizing to bring you the following hot topics and outstanding speakers.  We are still working hard to finalize the schedule but we wanted to get this to you as soon as possible so that you could plan your training.

SMART Training Courses
(Seminars on Mastering Audit Real-world Techniques)
Oracle Security Briefings and Training Tanya Baccam,
Baccam Consulting
February 9-11, 2010
Registration is now open
Southwest Airlines
Risk Based Auditing: A Value Add Proposition Glyn Smith,
CooperGroup, Principal
TBD (2 days) Brinker
Advanced Operational Auditing Glyn Smith,
CooperGroup, Principal
TBD (2 days) 7-Eleven
SQL Server Security Briefings and Training Tanya Baccam,
Baccam Consulting
TBD (2 days) Sabre
We are able to bring these seminars to you for a low cost because IIA-member companies are providing their offices for the training sites.  If your company is interested in hosting a course and receive free registrations, please contact Pamela Krakosky at pkrakosky@verizon.net to find out more details.  And if you would like to recommend a course topic and/or instructor, please contact Pamela.

Oracle Security Auditing

Class size is limited to the first 50 paid registrants!

Date: February 9  - 11, 2010 (Tuesday through Thursday)
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm; check in begins at 8:00 am

Southwest Airlines - MAP
University for People Room 108 and 109
2702 Love Field Dr.
Dallas TX  75235

Cost: $600 and includes training materials, continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages. Payment is due at time of registration. We recommend that you pay through PayPal to confirm your registration.
CPE Credits: 21 Credits
Prerequisites: No prerequisite is required.
Experience Level: All levels

http://dallasiia.org/Seminar_Reserve_020910.htm  Please contact Pamela Krakosky at pkrakosky@verizon.net if you have any questions.

Overview: The Oracle Security Auditing course focuses on understanding, identifying and mitigating risk to Oracle databases. Specifically, risks prevalent in Oracle 8i, 9i, 10g and 11g are discussed. The course starts by covering foundational information, including an introduction to SQL. Once the foundation is built, students explore the Oracle environment and how to identify weaknesses. Hands-on exercises give students the opportunity to not only hear about the vulnerabilities, but understand and mitigate the risk for the vulnerabilities. Oracle specific security solutions will also be discussed including database auditing, TDE encryption, virtual private databases, label security, database vault, audit vault, FGA, total recall, configuration scanning, ASO and data masking. Multiple tools, queries and techniques will be explored in order to obtain a comprehensive understanding on how to audit Oracle databases.

I. Foundations
  a. Policies/procedures
  b. Physical security
  c. Finding databases
II. SQL Foundations
III. Oracle Foundational Architecture
IV. Oracle-specific Security Solutions
V. Main Attack Vectors
VI. Authentication Methods
  a. Database
  b. Operating System
  c. Other options
VII. Profiles
VIII. User Accounts and Passwords
  a. Finding passwords
  b. Developer risks
IX. Roles
X. Listener Security
XI. Network Security
XII. Operating System Security

XIII. Application Security
  a. Locating sensitive data
  b. Identifying applications that use the database
  c. Application vulnerabilities and their impact on the database
XIV. Patching
XV. Backup and Recovery
XVI. Encryption
XVII. Links
XVIII. Triggers
XIX. Access and Privileges
  a. Stored Procedures, Libraries, Directory Objects and more
  b. Tables and Views
XX. Parameters
XXI. Restricting Tools
XXII. Auditing/Logging
  a. Basic Auditing
  b. Fine Grained Auditing
  c. Other Oracle Audit Logs
XXIII. Summary
  a. Resources


Tanya Baccam, Baccam Consulting, LLC
Tanya has extensive experience performing audits and assessments, including application reviews, system audits, vulnerability and penetration tests, as well as providing training for various topics, including operating systems, applications, databases and software development risks. She is skilled in reviewing the security architecture for clients including assessing firewalls, applications, web sites, network infrastructure, operating systems, routers, and databases. She has conducted multiple network penetration engagements, vulnerability assessments and risk assessments using an arsenal of tools, including commercially available and open-source tools. She has developed and reviewed policies and procedures, as well as developing and provided security awareness training. Tanya has been responsible for conducting, scheduling and managing numerous security assessment engagements.

During her career in Information Technology, Tanya has become an expert in network and application security services. She has functioned in management, training and consulting roles. She has vast experience including support of Novell, UNIX, Windows, and Oracle platforms.  Tanya is a Senior Certified Instructor and courseware author for SANS (SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security) where she has developed and delivered training related to PCI, security auditing, incident handling, hacker exploits, database security, web application security and perimeter protection, as well as being an authorized grader for some of the GIAC certifications. She is also as a member of ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association).

What to Bring:

A laptop in order to complete the hands-on exercises. The laptop should meet the following specifications to get the most from the exercises:
- CD-ROM drive
- A minimum of 3 gigabytes of free hard disk space
- A minimum of at least 1 gigabyte of RAM
- Windows XP Professional SP 3 or higher
- Administrator privileges or the capability to install and run tools


January 29, 2010 is the last day to register.  Payment must be received by this date to confirm your registration.


There is a $50 cancellation fee per registrant on cancellations between January 25 and January 29, 2010.  Refunds will not be granted after January 29, 2010, however, substitutions are permitted by notifying Pamela Krakosky.


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Dallas TX  75235

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The 5th Annual-UTD/Dallas Chapter
Fraud Summit


Sign up soon! Sessions will close once the conference and workshops reach capacity. Discounted pricing for the Conference is available through January 31st. Sign up for the workshops or conference separately, but take advantage of the discount prior to January 31st. Pricing is the same as last year.

The Fraud Summit has turned into a two day event, as requested by previous attendees. We have three outstanding seminars being offered with approximately 50 seats available for each. Jim Ratley, President of ACFE International, agreed to conduct an all day interviewing seminar. Glyn Smith, who spoke at the Conference a couple of years ago, has agreed to do an all day seminar on Ethics and Compliance. We will also have an Advanced Auditing seminar provided by Deloitte. These seminars will occur simultaneously, so choose the option that is best for you.

The Fraud Conference itself has also expanded to provide even more value than in previous years. We will have some exciting keynote speakers, including Aaron Beam, past CFO of HealthSouth, who just completed a book entitled “HEALTHSOUTH: The Wagon to Disaster”. Each attendee will receive a copy of the book, and Mr. Beam has agreed to autograph copies. In addition, fifteen breakout sessions will be offered throughout the course of the day. Those sessions will be full of real life examples along with the latest techniques in Fraud detection.
Register for the Fraud Workshop and the Fraud Conference on the Dallas IIA website. If you have any questions, contact Adrienne Adame at adrienne.adame@gmail.com.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

  • Deloitte—Advanced Fraud Interrogation Methods
  • Jim Ratley—Interview Techniques for Auditors and Investigators
  • Glyn Smith—Best Practices in Ethics and Compliance and How to Audit

$250 per person – seating is limited to the first 50 registrants for each session.  You may only choose one of the three sessions to attend.

8 hours CPE credit
Location: UTD-Richardson
Time: 8:00PM-5:00PM

Register online by March 1, 2009

Friday, March 26, 2010

  • One of our keynote speakers will be Aaron Beam, Past CFO of Healthsouth, who will speak on his personal experiences and subsequent conviction related to HealthSouth – All attendees will receive a copy of his book which Aaron will be available to sign.
  • Participants will choose from a variety of breakout sessions to hone their fraud-detecting skills and practically apply what they have learned.
  • Advanced fraud techniques and case studies for those looking for more than just the basics.

$200 per person if paid by January 31st and $600 for four people if paid by January 31st.

$250 per person if paid between February 1st through March 1st.

Seating is limited
8 hours CPE credit
Location: UTD-Richardson
Time: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Discounted Accommodations are available at the Renaissance of Richardson located near campus ($85 nightly rate) – The group rate code is “utdutda” and the phone # is 972-367-3333

Register online by March 1, 2009

Proceeds benefit the IAAAF and Internal Audit Program at UTD.

Register Early as space is limited!

Employment Opportunities

JPMorgan Chase & Co.  (1/18/10)

Title – Auditor, Home Lending
Location – 3929 W John Carpenter FWY, Irving, TX

Job Description

Department Description
The JPMorgan Chase Audit Department is accountable to the Audit and Examining Committee of the Board of Directors, the Office of the Chairman, senior management and our global and local regulators. The global Audit Department has in excess of 500 Audit Officers.

Position Description:
This position is responsible for the risk assessment, control identification, development of audit testing plans and the execution of the of the audit plan covering the Home Lending Default Operations. This position will also have the opportunity to work on other audits related to the Home Lending, Consumer Lending and Banking businesses.


  • Executing audit work, including planning, fieldwork, ongoing interface with business stakeholders and within the audit group, report issuance and administrative tasks to complete the paperwork.
  • Performing ongoing analysis of operational risk trends through the development and execution of audits.
  • Performing detailed control analysis and test work of departmental processes.
  • Assessing and escalating issues identified during audit assignments or special projects in a constructive manner.
  • Developing recommendations to strengthen internal controls and improve operational efficiency.
  • Providing leadership and coordination for multiple audit assignments or special projects with multiple team members.
  • Providing constructive, direct, accurate and timely feedback in staff evaluations.
  • Ensuring that projects are completed timely and within budget.
  • Initiating and developing effective client relationships with mid-level line management.
  • Participating on project teams to assist clients in developing internal control systems or monitoring significant changes to control systems.
  • Positively and creatively influencing needed department change and championing critical department initiatives.
  • Assisting in the development and training of other team members.
  • Occasional overtime and approximately 30-40% of travel is required.


  • Candidates should have 2-5 years of experience in risk management, internal or external audit, preferably in the Home Lending business and/or Default Operations.
  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business Administration, or a related field is required. An MBA degree and/or professional certification, such as a CPA or CISA, are a plus.
  • Ability to identify the risks and controls within operational areas, execute audit test-work and opine on the effectiveness of management's risk mitigation.
  • Effective skills in time management, problem solving, conflict management, written and oral communication, interpersonal skills and the ability to work both independently and as a team member are critical to success.

JPMorgan Chase is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, M/F/D/V

JPMorgan Chase & Co. · 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza, Floor 27, New York, NY 10005
Telephone: (212) 552-7723
http://www.jpmorganchase.com  · roopa.x.malik@jpmchase.com

Northrop Grumman Corporation  (10/30/09))

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With more than 120,000 employees, and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers. We are currently seeking a Auditor Specialist – Location:  Irving, TX.

Job Description:  Auditor Specialist:   Provide data analysis support to auditors during sector and enterprise reviews, annual planning, and investigations.  Analysis typically performed using Audit Command Language (ACL) to write programs to test the effectiveness of controls.  Position includes requirements gathering, ACL script development, testing, and support of audit applications.  Consult with auditors on scope of work and provide advice and recommendations based upon the results of the tests performed.  Perform data analysis to determine the feasibility of potential automated tests and monitoring routines.

Conducts financial and operational audits by examining and verifying accounting, or operational records and/or procedures of internal and/or external organizations to determine the reliability and effectiveness of financial and control systems, material assets, liabilities, surplus, income, and expenditures.  Examines records to ensure proper recording of transactions.  Prepares reports of findings and recommendations to management.  May include auditing activities under Sarbanes-Oxley.  Some travel required.  Special Skills/Certification Requirements: CPA/CIA desired.

Knowledge, Skills and Ability

Contributes to the development of new concepts, techniques, and standards. Considered expert in field within the organization. Demonstrates the skill and ability to perform complex tasks. Able to communicate effectively and clearly present technical approaches and findings.

Problem Solving

Develop solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and innovation. Ensures solutions are consistent with organization objectives.


Most assignments are complex and performed independently without appreciable direction. Exercises considerable latitude in determining objectives and approaches to assignment.


Serves as consultant to management and special external spokesperson for the organization on major matters pertaining to its policies, plans, and objectives. Acts as an advisor to senior management and customers.

Basic Qualifications:  Bachelors degree and ten (10) years directly related experience, 8 years with Masters and 4 years experience in SAP, Audit Command Language (ACL) and ACL Direct Link required.

Interested candidates should visit
http://horizonscareers.northgrum.com/; Job Posting Number: CO/094934

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