New Survey Shows Growing Demand for Advanced Technologies to Streamline Sarbanes-Oxley Act Compliance
The Use of SOX-specific Solutions Has More Than Doubled Since Last Year
CHICAGO - September 5, 2019 -- The SOX & Internal Controls Professionals Group today released the findings of its “2019 State of the SOX and Internal Controls Market Survey.” The survey, which was conducted in partnership with Workiva (NYSE:WK), measures the costs, execution, challenges and priorities faced by companies that comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX).
SOX Survey Key Findings
The number of professionals who use a SOX-specific tool has more than doubled since last year.
Use of advanced technology for SOX compliance has increased.
Internal audit’s involvement in SOX and internal controls has expanded.
SOX and internal controls compliance costs continue to increase.
Cybersecurity and IT controls are top priorities.
“SOX compliance is a complex process because building, implementing and evaluating internal controls requires collaborating across multiple departments, often involving hundreds of coworkers,” said Hillary Eckert, Vice President of Product Marketing at Workiva. “It’s not surprising to learn that companies want better tools for connected reporting and compliance.”
The Workiva platform gives SOX professionals the ability to connect data from all of their source systems and applications and funnel that information with a full audit trail into trusted reports and regulatory filings. “Our customers are able to automate workflow, improve efficiency, remediate costly control deficiencies and gain better visibility into the status of compliance,” added Eckert.
“SOX professionals often spend too much time just managing their information,” said Ruth E. Nouanesengsy, Manager of Internal Audit at Lancaster Colony Corporation, who is also an advisor to the SOX & Internal Controls Professionals Group. “At Lancaster, when we switched from a manual process to an automated process with the Workiva platform, we reduced the time spent in testing SOX controls by 19 percent over the past 3 years, and we significantly reduced administrative time. Now our external auditors are able to pull our test plan information directly from the Workiva platform.”
“The SOX and internal controls market faces both challenges and opportunities from business process transformation and technology disruption,” added Nouanesengsy. “The SOX professionals who meet these challenges will create new opportunities for efficiency, speed and accuracy—and, most of all, improve their value across their organizations.”
About The SOX & Internal Controls Professional Group
The SOX & Internal Controls Professional Group is a community of professionals who work with Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) compliance, internal controls and internal audit processes, which include documenting, evaluating and testing internal controls. The group fosters networking, promotes thought leadership and creates opportunities for members to share best practices with like-minded professionals to help them increase their value and influence across their organizations. Workiva is a national sponsor of the SOX & Internal Controls Professional Group. Visit soxprofessionalsgroup.org for more information.
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