SOX 404 Virtual Conference: Redesigning Your SOX Program to Drive Value in the New Post-COVID World

Discover the best ways to handle 2022’s toughest SOX and Risk Management Challenges.
 

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SOX 404 Virtual Conference: Redesigning Your SOX Program to Drive Value in the New Post-COVID World

CPE Credit: 16 Hours

Price: $899.00

NASBA Field of Study: Accounting

$499 per day or take both days for just $899!

 

Overview

COVID-19 continues disrupting companies worldwide. As a result, they need to adapt their SOX 404 programs in order to drive value and be future-ready. As businesses adopt new technology and methodologies for long-term growth, they also need to redesign their Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) programs to align with new working models. In this up-to-the-minute Virtual Conference, we will discuss key uncertainties that need to be addressed by your SOX program, such as emerging risks, the impact of the pandemic on your organization, and how to stay relevant by bringing value to your business.

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DAY ONE AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS


•  Regulatory Trends: Recent Trends That Will
   Impact 2022 SOX Programs

•  Audit Committee’s Role in Financial Reporting &
   Oversight

•  ESG: Panel Discussion

•  Panel Discussion: ICFR Lessons Learned &
   Leading Practices

•  Industry Panel Discussion: SOX Insight,
   Including Innovation in the SOX Program

DAY TWO AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS


•  Geopolitical Risk

•  Using Data Analytics & RPA for Continuous
   Monitoring

•  Cybersecurity & Ransomware

•  Trending Topics in Enterprise Risk Management

•  SEC Enforcement, FCPA & Other Regulatory
   Compliance

LEARNING OBJECTIVE  This webinar will provide updates on new rules and regulations impacting SOX compliance and the
latest best practices to reduce compliance costs and maximize internal controls in a post-COVID world.

PREREQUISITE  None.    ADVANCE PREPARATION  None.    PROGRAM LEVEL  Update.    NASBA FIELD OF STUDY  Accounting.
DELIVERY METHOD  Group Internet-Based.

Agenda

DAY ONE AGENDA


Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:45 – 9:00 AM

Regulatory Trends: Recent Trends That Will Impact 2022 SOX Programs
9:00 – 10:00 AM
The SEC and PCAOB continue to focus on Internal Controls over Financial Reporting (ICFR). This session will provide an overview of the specific ICFR areas that remain on their combined radar, including the resurgence of SPACs, the growing emphasis on ESG disclosures, and the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

Break
10:00 – 10:10 AM

Audit Committee’s Role in Financial Reporting & Oversight
10:10 – 11:10 AM
The Audit Committee's role in financial reporting continues to be in key SOX Governance. Viewing and treating the functions of the Audit Committee as an enabler of SOX governance and complianceas opposed to "red tape" around business processes
is crucial to the success of an organization's SOX program. In this session, we will take a deep dive into the importance of the Audit Committee's role, and the common challenges that are faced.

Break
11:10 – 11:20 AM

ESG: Panel Discussion
11:20 AM – 12:50 PM
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) has quickly become a top issue for many organizations. Stakeholders, such as investors, regulators, employees and customers, are beginning to demand transparency in this area at the same level of maturity as financial disclosure and performance. In this session, we will discuss:
The Long-Term Risks, Impacts & Value-Added/Benefit of ESG
The Need to Understand, Manage & Monitor ESG Risks & Opportunities to Give Confidence to
   Stakeholders on Performance

Integrating ESG Factors Into Strategy & Decision-Making

Lunch
12:50 – 1:30 PM

Panel Discussion: ICFR Lessons Learned & Leading Practices
 1:30 – 2:45 PM 
This roundtable discussion will examine how lessons learned during the pandemic can be used to optimize your current and future SOX life cycles. You will discover ways to improve risk assessment, control selection and design, controls related to significant unusual transactions, Information Used in Controls (IUC), and how to implement new technology to modernize your SOX program.

Break
2:45 – 2:55 PM

Industry Panel Discussion: SOX Insights, Including Innovation in the SOX Program
 2:55 – 4:45 PM 
This roundtable panel discussion will be moderated by a Big 4 accounting leader, and feature industry practitioners who will provide insights on today's hottest risk management and SOX compliance topics. In this highly interactive session, we encourage attendees to share their real-world experiences, and gain solutions to their biggest challenges from the nation's leading SOX authorities, taking into account lessons learned as a result of the pandemic.

 

DAY TWO AGENDA


Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:45 – 9:00 AM

Geopolitical Risk
9:00
 – 10:00 AM
Due to the current global business environment, leaders should include considerations for geopolitical risk within their risk management strategies. In this session, we will discuss the importance of a proactive approach to identifying, assessing and mitigating the potential impact of geopolitical risk, and discuss key insights on:

• Identifying/Collecting Quantitative Potential Risk Indicators
• Developing/Acquiring the Ability to Assess the Business Impact of Political Risk

• Integrating Political Risk into ERM
• Engaging Your Board & C-Suite to Incorporate Political Risk into Strategic Planning

Break
10:00 – 1
0:10 AM

Using Data Analytics & RPA for Continuous Monitoring
10:10 – 11:25 AM
With the increased adoption of data analytics and Robotic Process Automation (RPA), the SOX landscape will be fundamentally altered over the coming years, resulting in tangible implications for how organizations approach the design and execution of their SOX programs. In this session, we will discuss the forces shaping the demand and adoption of continuous controls-monitoring into an organization's control environment, the current state and ongoing evolution of data analytics and RPA, as well as how companies can begin their journey. Topics include:
• How process and task mining works
• Implementing intelligent automation, such as AI
• The process improvement value chain
• Data-driven vs. observation-driven improvement

Break
 11:25  – 11:35 AM 

Cybersecurity & Ransomware
 11:35 AM – 12:50 PM 
Cybersecurity and ransomware vigilance is essential for protecting and defending an organization. This session will focus on:

• Commercial cybersecurity
• Protecting your network
• Restoring operations after an attack
• Oversight trends and disclosures
• Proposed SEC cybersecurity disclosures
• Risk governance

Lunch
12:50 – 1:35 PM

Trending Topics in Enterprise Risk Management
1:35 – 3:05 PM

This roundtable discussion will be moderated by a Big 4 accounting leader, who will provide insights on how to develop and implement a sound Enterprise Risk Management Framework. In this highly interactive session, we encourage attendees to share their real-world experiences and increase their awareness for developing a risk culture across an organization's three lines of defense. We will also delve into how an effective internal audit function can assist companies by ensuring that key current and emerging risks are adequately monitored and mitigated, including:
• Board Priorities
• NextGen ERM

• ESG Factors
• Risk Transformation: Three Lines of Defense

Break
3:05
 – 3:15 PM

SEC Enforcement, FCPA Compliance & Other Regulatory Compliance
3:15– 4:45 PM
• Recent Trends in SEC Enforcement
• Scrutiny of Internal Controls over Financial Reporting (ICFR)
• Leading Practices in FCPA Compliance

Conference Ends
4:45 PM

Speakers

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS


Sabrina Abramson, SVP, Head of Internal Audit, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

John Ackerman, Audit Leader, Ernst & Young LLP

Adam Ardakanian, Advisory Senior Manager, Ernst & Young LLP

Audrey Bauman, Senior Manager, ERM Ernst & Young LLP

Douglas Bell, Global Trade Policy Leader, Ernst & Young LLP

Maggie Biggs, Vice President, ERM, VF Corporation

Nick Britton, Director, Attack & Penetration, Protiviti

Steven Brouwers, Director, Finance, Compliance & Process Improvement, Quaker Houghton

Staci Brown, Director, Alphabet Internal Controls & SOX Compliance, Google

Tricia Callahan, Managing Director, Security & Privacy,  Protiviti

Hongwei Chen, Director, Internal Audit, NRG Energy

Rani Doyle, Board Matters Executive Director, Ernst & Young LLP

Kanishak Dua, Executive Advisor on Security Risk Management, Ernst & Young LLP

Sherrie Gay, Senior Manager, Ernst & Young LLP

Jessica Gidney, Director, Risk Management & Internal Audit, Bioventus

Robert Hirth, Co-Vice Chair, SASB

Stefan Elliot Ozer, Audit & Assurance Senior Manager, Deloitte

Dennis Ethier, Director of Internal Audit, Xerox Business Solutions

Ali Gee, Partner, Audit & Assurance, Deloitte

Ryan Gentry, Advisory Manager, Deloitte

Marie Johnson, Partner, Assurance and Advisory, Ernst & Young LLP

Mark Johnson, Senior Manager, Ernst & Young LLP

Jackie Klos, Partner, Financial Accounting Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP

Jen Lee, Senior Manager, Center for Board Matters, Ernst & Young LLP

Dan Leifer, Manager, Internal Controls and Compliance, MITRE

Sarah Levine, Partner, Jones Day

Elysa Lipsky, Executive Director, Internal Controls, Laureate International

William Lo, Group Finance Manager, Microsoft

Susan Markel, Managing Director, AlixPartners

James Matcher, Advisory Principal, Intelligent Automation, Ernst & Young LLP

Linda Milburn-Pyle, Managing Director, Risk & Compliance, Accenture

Sreeparna Mitra, Principal, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP

Greg Moore, Member – Board of Directors, Texas Roadhouse

Howard Mundell, Senior Manager, TI Compliance and Service Management, American Water

Ranjani Narayanan, Senior Manager, Advisory Services, Deloitte

Jerry Norton, Lead Security Specialist, The Walt Disney Company

Roby Palakudy, Manager, Global Risk, General Dynamics

Chirag Parikh, Vice President, Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Audit, Comscore Inc.

Anish Patel, Executive Director, Internal Audit & Internal Controls, Laureate International

Alexander Rodde, Vice President, Internal Controls & SOX / Global Risk & Assurance Services, SAP

Lindsay Rosenfeld, Managing Director, Audit & Assurance, Deloitte

Bruno Sarda, Partner/Principal, Climate Change & Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young LLP

Jamie Smith, Center for Board Matters, Ernst & Young LLP

Jeff Tannenbaum, Vice President, IT Compliance, Laureate International

Kendy Thompson, Senior Manager, Global Internal Audit Operations, Ernst & Young LLP

John Venus, Senior Vice President, Internal Audit, Endeavor

Hannah Welch, Assurance Senior Manager, Ernst & Young LLP

Brian Wilkinson, Principal, Cyber Security Consulting, Ernst & Young LLP

 

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