ISACA Virtual Seminar to Define Top Cloud Issues in 2012

Taken from Blog 

Free Event on 7 December Brings Experts to Your Desktop 

Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (30 November 2011)—Global IT associationISACA will showcase emerging issues in cloud computing for 2012 at its free virtual seminar on 7 December. IT professionals will hear from industry leaders and network with peers from around the world, all without leaving their desks, at the event titled Making the Case for the Cloud: The Next Steps, on Wednesday, 7 December 2011, from 6:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. CST (UTC-5).

 “Cloud computing is continuing to gain acceptance, so it is critical for the risk and governance issues to be clearly understood and managed,” said Ken Vander Wal, CISA, CPA, international president of ISACA. “ISACA’s virtual conference will arm attendees with the knowledge needed to make informed business decisions related to cloud computing and help them add value through their cloud initiatives.”

 Presented from a holistic business perspective, the five sessions will address benefits and risk, security preparation, incident response, legal aspects and software as a service (SaaS). The sessions will help attendees:

  • Explain the business value of cloud computing
  • Prepare their enterprises’ network for the cloud
  • Plan for and manage security breaches and compliance concerns
  • Anticipate legal considerations before signing a contract
  • Get the most out of cloud SaaS services

During live Q&A sessions, attendees can interact directly with the session presenters, including:

  • Urs Fischer, CISA, CRISC, independent IT GRC consultant, presenting "Cloud Computing:  Business Benefits and Risk, Security and Audit/Assurance Perspectives" 
  • Dave Shackleford, senior vice president of research and chief technology officer at IANS, presenting "Prepare Your Network for the Cloud"
  • Kevin Beaver, information security consultant, seminar leader and keynote speaker for Principle Logic LLC, presenting "Incident Response in Cloud Computing"
  • Andrew Baer, intellectual property lawyer and partner with Baer Crossey LLC, presenting "Cloud Engagements:  A Legal Perspective" 
  • Diana Kelley, founder of SecurityCurve, presenting "Choosing SaaS Security"

During the virtual seminar, participants can attend sessions, connect with other attendees and “visit” exhibitor booths. Attendees can earn up to five free continuing professional education (CPE) hours. To learn more about ISACA’s global events, visit  

ISACA provides a variety of ways for IT and business professionals to learn about, and demonstrate proficiency in, ensuring trust and value from cloud computing activities. Resources about cloud computing are available at . 



New Publication From ISACA and IFAC Helps Organizations Maximize the Value of XBRL

Taken from BlogRolling Meadows, IL, and New York, NY, USA (22 June 2011)—ISACA and the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)’s Professional Accountants in Business (PAIB) Committee have jointly developed a paper, Leveraging XBRL for Value in Organizations, to provide guidance on how to leverage the value of eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) through effective implementation. 

XBRL is a universal language of business reporting that is increasingly being used for both external and internal reporting by organizations and is gaining traction worldwide.

“Understanding how to embed XBRL within an organization’s information processes can enhance management communication, increasing the value of the information used within an enterprise,” said Roger Debreceny, Ph.D., FCPA, CGEIT, member of ISACA and co-developer of the XBRL paper. “ISACA collaborated with IFAC to develop this paper to provide accounting  and assurance professionals with guidance they can rely on from trusted sources to leverage value from XBRL initiatives and compliance requirements.” 


“Many organizations have not yet realized how useful XBRL can be for them; professional accountants in business can assist them in navigating and making the most of XBRL,” said Roger Tabor, chair of IFAC’s PAIB Committee. “This paper can serve as a starting place to integrate XBRL and help organizations leverage its value.”

The paper can be downloaded free of charge from the ISACA and IFAC web sites.

Marc Vael, of Belgium, Appointed Director of ISACA

Taken from BlogRolling Meadows, IL, USA (27 June 2011)—Marc Vael, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CISSP, chief audit executive (CAE) at Smals in Belgium, was appointed director of ISACA—a global association serving 95,000 IT governance, assurance and security professionals in 160 countries—at its World Congress:  INSIGHTS 2011 conference in Washington DC, USA, today. 

Founded in 1969, ISACA develops international standards for information systems auditing and control, provides education and training, and administers the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) designations. Additionally, ISACA developed and continually updates COBIT, the internationally accepted framework for governance of enterprise IT.


“Marc’s knowledge and enthusiasm will be a real asset to the ISACA board,” said Ken Vander Wal, CISA, CPA, who was elected international president of ISACA today. “He is a talented and experienced professional who is committed to helping ISACA members connect with one another and significantly benefit from the resources ISACA offers to them.”

As CAE of Smals, a large Belgian IT organization with more than 1,800 people working for the Belgian federal government, Vael is responsible for all internal auditing. He has more than 15 years of experience in evaluating, designing, implementing and monitoring solutions on risk and information security management, incident and business continuity management, data protection/privacy, and IT audit. An ISACA member for more than 15 years, he is currently also vice president of the ISACA Belgium Chapter, chair of ISACA’s Knowledge Board and Cloud Computing Task Force, member of ISACA’s Strategic Advisory Council, and past chair of the ISACA Communities Committee. Vael has been a visiting lecturer at Antwerp Management School (AMS) since 1997 and a deputy member of the Flemish Privacy Commission since 2010. In his spare time, Vael runs marathons and has successfully finished 10 official marathons, including the Big 5 (New York, Chicago, Boston, London and Berlin). 


“As a long-time volunteer and advocate for ISACA, I am very honored to serve as a director of the association and help ISACA achieve its primary mission: to help IT and business professionals around the world attain trust in, and value from, information systems,” said Vael.


In addition to Vael, one other director was appointed and seven other IT professionals were elected to ISACA leadership positions. Allan Boardman, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, CA (SA), CISSP, information risk manager at a leading investment bank (United Kingdom), was appointed director. Ken Vander Wal, CISA, CPA, partner (retired) at Ernst & Young (USA), was elected international president. Elected as international vice presidents were Christos Dimitriadis, CISA, CISM, head of information security at INTRALOT S.A. (Greece); Greg Grocholski, CISA, corporate auditor at The Dow Chemical Company (USA); Tony Hayes, CGEIT, AFCHSE, CHE, FACS, FCPA, FIIA, associate director-general of the Department of Communities in the Queensland Government (Australia); Niraj Kapasi, CISA, FCA, IT auditor and director for Kapasi Bangad Tech Consulting Pvt. Ltd. (India); Jeff Spivey, CRISC, CPP, PSP, director of Security Risk Management Inc. (SRM) (USA); and Jo Stewart-Rattray, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, director of information security at RSM Bird Cameron (Australia).


Photos and biographies of all board members are available at