SOX, or the Sarbanes Oxely-Act, was enacted after the ENRON scandal in which a company lied on their financial statements and stole money from customers, the public, and their employees. Hundreds of people lost their jobs, a few committed suicide, and their highest executives were sent to prison. Due to this scandal along with a few others, the Accounting industry was turned upside down as new standards and laws were established. Auditing has become common practice for all publicly traded companies.
"SOX Compliance affects everything I do as an auditor. If there's no control for an issue that arises, then the company needs to create one. I've assisted in several different types of audits from User Access Reviews, Financial Audits, and Information Security Audits. All fall under the SOX Compliance regulations that have been enacted."
"I haven't had any auditing experience working in a professional setting. I just graduated and I think education is an integral part to gaining the technical knowledge necessary to become an auditor. I took several Auditing classes and was able to focus my courses on the financial audit. I enjoyed finding discrepancies and chasing down leads. It's like a financial jigsaw puzzle that when correctly put together, ensures the accuracy of the company's financial statements for the public."
"I have my Certified Information Systems Auditor designation from ISACA, so I'm certified to audit information systems. My first accounting position was as an internal auditor on the front lines of a User Access Review and Termination controls, both of which are information security concerns for any company. I enjoyed auditing so much I became an internal financial auditor for 4 years before moving to an external auditor role with PWC, one of the big four accounting firms, for 3 years, so I'd say that SOX has impacted my career at every turn."