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Progress made in testing computer compliance

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on December 9, 2007

From SeattlePI

The Boeing Co. has told the Seattle P-I, in response to questions, that it is making progress on its Sarbanes-Oxley compliance testing in its information technology department, despite auditor turnover.

“We can say that for 2007, SOx testing is progressing well and we’re making progress retiring certain issues previously reported by the P-I,” the company said in an e-mail.

In July, the P-I reported that internal and external auditors had found deficiencies in Boeing’s control over its computer information systems. The deficiencies meant that, for three years in a row, the company could not prove it could protect its computer systems against manipulation, theft and fraud.

The audit findings came as a result of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, a federal law enacted after the Enron scandal, which was designed to prevent corporate scams. The law requires public companies to evaluate internal controls and prove that it has checks and balances on people and computer systems to guarantee accuracy of financial statements.

Boeing has always maintained that the financial information it has reported to shareholders is accurate. Although the company struggled with its information systems controls, compliance came easily to the company’s finance teams, which monitor accounting and business operations controls, the P-I investigation found.

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