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Evaluating Service Organizations and Lessons Learned from Data Act

March 24, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Free for ISACA GWDC Members, $60 for ISACA Members and Non-Members
ISACA Greater Washington DC Chapter

ISACA GWDC is proud to host our next virtual event on Evaluating Assurance from Service Organizations and Lessons Learned from Data Act.


Evaluating Assurance from Service Organizations and Third Parties.
Facilitated by Beni Venkatesan, Kearney and Company is pleased to present a panel discussion consisting of the following professionals: Phil Moore, Franz Inden, Colin Finley and Ben Taylor with a broad knowledge of third-party reports evolving from a SAS-70 to SSAE-16 to SSAE-18 and in 2022 SSAE-21. The panel will cover the general purpose of a SOC report, key differences and similarities within the AT standards, who the key parties are (e.g. service and user auditor versus service and user organization) and their responsibilities.

Lessons Learned from Data Act
Throughout the process of implementing the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (Data Act) of 2014, federal agencies have accumulated some important lessons about the sources and quality of information they rely upon for decision making and reporting. This panel will provide insights and lessons learned from navigating the process of implementing and complying with the Data Act, especially how this process had shaped and influenced management decision making, relationships between shared service providers and customers, and technology decisions. and their responsibilities.

Two (2) NASBA CPE credits


Session 1
3:00 to 4:00 PM EST: 
Evaluating Assurance from Service Organizations and Third Parties
Session 2
4:00 to 5:00 PM EST: 
Lessons Learned from Data Act



Beni Venkatesan
Senior Manager, Kearney & Company
Beni Venkatesan is an IT Assurance Practice Senior Manager at Kearney & Company. Mr. Venkatesan has over 16 years of professional Information Technology (IT) assurance, financial, and consulting experience, including work in both civilian and defense federal agencies. He currently directs and oversees several FISMA and FISCAM-based audits. Previously, Mr. Venkatesan led SAS 70s/SOC1s/SOC2 at a number of federal agencies to include DISA, DFAS, and DOI. Mr. Venkatesan is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). Mr. Venkatesan attended Harding University where he received a BBA Accounting with a Minor in Information Technology.


Scoey Alexander
Senior Manager, Sehlke Consulting LLC
Scoey Alexander is a Senior Manager with Sehlke Consulting LLC. Ms. Alexanders has over 14 years of experience with information technology and global business environments as VP of Finance, Controller, and an Assurance and Advisory Consultant. Ms. Alexander has assisted the federal government on the topics of internal controls, business processes management, information technology audit, software development lifecycle, risk management, governance and strategy, program management, and financial system modernization. Ms. Alexander is a CPA, CISA, Program Management Professional (PMP), and Certified Scrum Master (CSM).



Adnan Sijercic
Annuk Inc.
Adnan Sijercic has over 15 years of experience in IT and Cyber Security. Working for international, commercial, and federal space. Bachelors from CU in Boulder and Masters from GMU. Some of the success stories include building up a cybersecurity program for an international bank, being a technical insider threat lead for Capital One, and always finding time to enjoy life. Adnan is on the ISACA GWDC board as Director of Outreach & Professional Development.


Special Instructions

  • Group Live (Due to COVID-19, this training will be delivered via Zoom). Zoom link delivered with registration.
  • Prior to the event, participants must install the Zoom app in their respective devices. Participants using the web-based Zoom or calling via the phone may not be entitled to CPE credits.
  • Participants must respond to all the poll questions via the Zoom polling feature or chat log in order to receive NASBA CPE credits.
  • ISACA Greater Washington DC will not be responsible for the participant’s inability to respond to the polls.


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Earn up to 2 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits in the area of Specialized Knowledge. The ISACA GWDC is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: http://www.learningmarket.org.

CPE Distribution and Evaluation Survey

CPE's will be distributed via e-mail along with the event evaluation survey after the completion of the event. Attendees must be present the full day to receive full CPE credit.

CPE-Related Details

  • Prerequisites and Advance Preparation: N/A
  • Program Knowledge Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Delivery Method: Virtual


March 24, 2021
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Free for ISACA GWDC Members, $60 for ISACA Members and Non-Members
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