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Independent Standard-Setting Boards
The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board sets high-quality international standards for auditing, assurance, and quality control that strengthen public confidence in the global profession.
The International Accounting Education Standards Board establishes standards, in the area of professional accounting education, that prescribe technical competence and professional skills, values, ethics, and attitudes.
The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants sets high-quality, internationally appropriate ethics standards for professional accountants, including auditor independence requirements.
The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board develops standards, guidance, and resources for use by public sector entities around the world for preparation of general purpose financial statements.
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Risk Management & Internal Control
Proper risk management and internal control help organizations understand the risks they are exposed to, put controls in place to counter threats, and effectively pursue their objectives. They are therefore an important aspect of an organization’s governance, management, and operations. Professional accountants can and should play a leading role in helping their organizations achieve an integrated, organization-wide approach to risk management and internal control—which ultimately helps create, enhance, and protect stakeholder value. Read More
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This report examines the growing threat to businesses and the problems lawmakers have because of the pace of technological evolution.
Boards should ensure they have sufficient cybersecurity information and expertise to ask the right questions of management, writes Dan Swanson.
Computers, servers and the Internet are indispensable tools for financial professionals – and they are under relentless attack. For accountants, measures must be taken to ensure that the sensitive personal and corporate financial information they handle is safe: accountants need to be at the forefront of cybersecurity.
Cybercriminals have shown what it takes to operate effectively, so let’s turn their weapons of technology, cooperation and agility against them, says Alister Shepherd.
This report examines how the quality and value of risk reporting can be improved. It reviews current practice in risk reporting, the barriers to better risk reporting, the wishes of users, and the concerns of preparers.
A Risk Challenge Culture identifies nine areas critical to designing and implementing an environment that encourages, requires and rewards enquiries that challenge existing conditions.
This paper explores the business risk of association with economic war crimes as supply chains lengthen and activist interest grows.
- AICPA to Help Position CPAs in Fight against Cyber Crime
July 8, 2016 - Accounting Today
- Cybersecurity Startups Set for Surge
June 8, 2016 - Forbes
- Sharpening the Board’s Role in Cyber-Risk Oversight
June 6, 2016 - Risk & Compliance Journal
- G-7 Nations Race to Bolster Security against Cyberattacks in Finance
May 23, 2016 - Wall Street Journal
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