SAS 70

Aug 25 2008   8:50PM GMT

Successful traits of a CIO equal successful SAS70 audits (Part 2) – SAS 70

Keith Harrell Profile: SAS70ExPERT

A very successful CIO told me once, “I can see the stars, but I can’t see the future.” At the time, I was very inexperienced and wasn’t really clear about this statement. Now, I think I understand, his experience, drive, education, and passion allowed him to be able to see opportunities for Company growth and advancement in unproven markets. To be a visionary is one of the most important characteristics of career stability and longevity.


This characteristic will also help you to guide your SAS 70 auditor to a successful audit. Because you know your operations better than anyone else, you should be able to quickly provide your auditor with the answers and solutions required to plan and conduct the audit. By staying on top of your day-to-day operations, and not focusing all your attention on the Boardroom, you will have the information necessary to deal with audit exceptions when they arise. Do you have systems/application or reporting mechanisms in place that provide you operating results on a timely basis? If so, what works best for you within your Company?

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