Sarbanes-Oxley compliance once was thought to be a relatively static, predictable process that organizations could rely on to be routine and, for the most part, static. Yet market and regulatory changes continue to make this a more dynamic process, with costs and hours continuing to rise for many organizations. This good news is that more organizations are recognizing the benefits of their compliance efforts through improved internal control structure and business processes.
How can companies face the future with confidence by managing costs, hours and expectations regarding their Sarbanes-Oxley compliance processes? It starts with understanding not only their organizations and business transformation efforts, but also the requirements set forth by the PCAOB and the revised internal control framework, as well as evolving expectations of the external auditors.
In our annual Sarbanes-Oxley compliance survey, we look deeply into areas including costs, hours and control environments of a broad spectrum of organizations.