IT Governance, Risk, and Compliance:

September, 2010

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September 30, 2010  6:54 PM

Compliance through Automation: Continuous Monitoring – Part III

Robert Davis Robert Davis Profile: Robert Davis

"Monitoring encompasses the tracking of individual processes, so that information on their state can be easily seen, and statistics on the performance of one or more processes can be provided." Conceptually,...

September 27, 2010  5:30 PM

Compliance through Automation: Continuous Monitoring – Part II

Robert Davis Robert Davis Profile: Robert Davis

An entity's MIS represents the aggregation of personnel, computer hardware and software, with associated policies and procedures, allowing data processing to generate utilizable information for decision-making. Pre-specified and routine...


September 23, 2010  2:10 PM

Compliance through Automation: Continuous Monitoring – Part I

Robert Davis Robert Davis Profile: Robert Davis

Commonly, a Management Information System (MIS) is deployed to permit performance monitoring to assess compliance with adopted standards and enable corrective actions and/or


September 20, 2010  12:21 PM

Compliance through Automation: Expert Systems – Part VIII

Robert Davis Robert Davis Profile: Robert Davis

From a technical perspective, the typical expert system can be divided into two essential parts: the knowledge base and the inference engine. The knowledge base contains the body of knowledge, or set of facts and relationships, obtained from the knowledge acquisition phase. The rules associated...


September 16, 2010  4:08 PM

Compliance through Automation: Expert Systems – Part VII

Robert Davis Robert Davis Profile: Robert Davis

To assist in assessing decisional acumen, most managers are under observation for situational responses impacting the entity. Therefore, information reliability is critical. During the final stage of preparation for deployment, an expert...


September 13, 2010  3:50 PM

Compliance through Automation: Expert Systems – Part VI

Robert Davis Robert Davis Profile: Robert Davis

After experts have been selected, the knowledge engineer must take the expert knowledge and transform it into a computational model. However, issues may arise because an expert discovers that they are unable to describe how a situational scenario is resolved. Typically, this is...


September 9, 2010  2:18 PM

Compliance through Automation: Expert Systems – Part V

Robert Davis Robert Davis Profile: Robert Davis

To incorporate human expert knowledge into a technology-based expert system, the right individuals must be identified and selected. Specialists tend to be trained in rather narrow domains and are best at solving problems within their defined domains. Assuming experts do exist and...


September 6, 2010  3:00 PM

Compliance through Automation: Expert Systems – Part IV

Robert Davis Robert Davis Profile: Robert Davis

Several methods exist for a knowledge engineer to obtain knowledge. One option is to go through textbooks and professional journals with the intent to extract definitions, axioms, and rules that apply to the issue. This type of knowledge acquisition is especially useful for...


September 2, 2010  3:50 PM

Compliance through Automation: Expert Systems – Part III

Robert Davis Robert Davis Profile: Robert Davis

Expert system development is usually a four step process. It starts with the knowledge engineer obtaining an understanding of a particular judgment issue. It is followed by the acquisition of thought...


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