Free Webinar on The Impact of Sarbanes-Oxley

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Chrisan Herrod, Chief Security Officer, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, will discuss how to gain strategic advantage from SOX and other compliance initiatives.

In a free Xtalks webinar on Tuesday, December 13, 2005, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Chrisan Herrod, Chief Security Officer at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, will address how you can gain strategic advantage from your SOX and other compliance initiatives.

There is still time to register for free at:

Join us for an informative discussion on how companies can leverage compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2004 to gain strategic advantage.

Initial SOX compliance has been painful. Many organizations have invested significant time and money in their efforts. As companies finish their second year of SOX compliance, they are realizing that they have embarked on a governance journey to gain strategic value from compliance. Companies in the forefront of this journey are leveraging technology to move from passive to active compliance in order to gain greater transparency through more accurate, reliable and timely financial and business information.

The web conference is co-sponsored by Vignette, Certus and Appian.

Registration for the event is currently open and free at:

About the Keynote Speakers

Chrisan Herrod accepted her position with the SEC in August 2003. She is responsible for implementing the SEC’s information security and IT business continuity programs and for the operational security of the SEC’s critical infrastructure.

Prior to her appointment at the SEC, she was with the National Defense University, Information Resource Management College, where she served as both Department Chair of the Information Operations and Assurance Department and as a Professor of Information Security.

Her previous information security experience includes Director of Global IT Security at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies and Director of Information Security at Fannie Mae, a leading real estate, financial institution. While at Fannie Mae she became involved in the White House sponsored, Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security as the Information Sharing and Analysis Working Group Chair.

From 1993 to 1998 she was a senior civilian with the Department of Defense’s Information Security Program Office serving as Director of Plans, Policy and Resource Management and Director of IA Education, Training and Awareness. From 1988 to 1992, she was assigned to the White House Military Office, Office of Emergency Operations at the Defense Information Systems Agency. Ms. Herrod served as an active duty military intelligence officer in the US Army and retired as a Major, USAF Reserve.

She is an adjunct professor teaching information security and leadership courses with both the University of Fairfax and Syracuse University. She is pursuing her PhD in Information Systems at Nova Southeastern University.

About the Workshop Sponsors

Vignette’s software and expertise help organizations harness the power of information and the Web for measurable improvements in business efficiency. As the efficiency experts, Vignette helps organizations increase productivity, reduce costs, improve user experiences and manage risk.

Certus, a leading provider of corporate governance, audit servicing and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance software solutions, enables enterprises to build a sustainable compliance practice to generate lasting business value.

Appian is the first business process management (BPM) company to deliver advanced process, knowledge management, and analytics functionality in a comprehensive suite. Appian's award-winning process-centric, context-driven solutions align business strategy with execution, delivering greater visibility and control over critical financial and business processes.

About Xtalks

Xtalks (recently featured in the London Times article Conference call that spans the globe:,,16689-1364240,00.html) brings industry experts to executives’ desktops around the world in a web-based information network that provides insight into breaking business issues through interactive digital web conferences. By leveraging the best of hi-speed Internet and telecom technology, Xtalks provides a fantastic forum for highly interactive communication. Xtalks web conferences allow anyone with interest in a particular topic to participate in a web meeting by synchronizing their desktop computer and phone alongside industry experts. Xtalks is part of The Honeycomb Worldwide Group of Companies (, including Honeycomb Connect, a leader in executive networking, event management, web conferencing, publishing, and digital media with offices in North America and Europe.

“Xtalks' webinar brought together the top end users, technology vendors, and thinkers in the space,” says Ed Hess, Editor of Integrated Solutions Magazine, referring to a previous Xtalks’ event. “As a media sponsor of the event, we were ecstatic to see the level of commitment and execution that Xtalks showed in making the event a huge success. It was informative and filled with new and fresh insights. The Q&A session was highly interactive and addressed a range of issues. In terms of online events, it set a standard that others will have trouble matching."

For more information on this conference or Xtalks in general, or to inquire about speaking opportunities or sponsoring future events, visit or contact JP Fozo, Group Vice President, Business Development, at phone: 416-977-6555 x291: e-mail

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