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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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Evaluating and Improving Internal Control in Organizations
June 28, 2012 - IFAC
Highlights areas where the practical application of existing internal control standards and frameworks often fail in many organizations and assists professional accountants in business to continuously evaluate and improve internal control, and ensure that it is integrated into governance and risk management.
Evaluating and Improving Governance in Organizations
January 31, 2009 - IFAC
Includes a framework-consisting of a series of fundamental principles, supporting guidance, and references-for how professional accountants can contribute to evaluating and improving governance in organizations.
Provides principles-based guidance to assist professional accountants and their organizations in developing and implementing a code of conduct in a values-based culture.
This paper positions the management of risk as an indispensable and integral part of decision making and subsequent execution in order for boards and management to ensure their organization makes the best decisions and achieves its objectives.
Presentation on risk managenet from IFAC Senior Technical Manager Vincent Tophoff at the IIA 2015 General Audit Management Conference.
Governance, Risk Management, and Internal Control in the Public Sector
January 20, 2015 - IFAC
IFAC Senior Technical Manager Vincent Tophoff was invited to give a presentation on risk management and internal control in the public sector to the US Interagency Council on Enterprise Risk Management at the White House Conference Center in Washington, DC. The audience was comprised of risk management and internal control managers throughout the various US federal departments and agencies, including the US Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget.
Discusses the revised version of the Internal Control-Integrated Framework as issued in 2013 by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission.
- Using Three Lines of Defense to Manage Internal Controls
July 9, 2015 - Journal of Accountancy
- Small Firms Slower to Adopt New Internal-Control Guidelines
June 17, 2015 - Wall Street Journal CFO Journal
- Cost of Cyber Security Breaches More than Doubles
June 4, 2015 - Economia
- Improve Your Data Security and Keep the Hackers Out
June 1, 2015 - In the Black
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