This article will guide you on how to address section 404 of the Sarbanes Oxley act with regards to spreadsheets, using only Excel’s built in tools. Unfortunately the built in tools do not address all the requirements of the SoX act and, depending on your reliance on spreadsheets and their potential impact, you may need to consider some specialized tools.
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Many Excel users are not familiar with, or are intimidated by the pivot tables feature which Excel has to offer. This is rather unfortunate as the pivot table is one of Excel's most powerful features as it can assist a user to create professional-looking Excel documentation that they never thought possible.
Access to Sarbanes Oxley spreadsheets should be controlled to ensure that only authorized staff can gain access and make changes to the spreadsheet. Ideally the spreadsheet should be stored in a folder that only allows authorized staff to access it (contact your IT department to find out which ones to use).
Subsequent to the Excel phenomenon spreading over the globe as the result of this program's diverse capabilities and features which it boasts, it is becoming greatly known amongst not only those with experience in Excel but also the general public, that this program can be extremely helpful when it comes to carrying out all the necessary tasks of financial management.
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