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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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Assists management, boards of directors, external stakeholders, and others interacting with the entity by providing both understanding of what constitutes a system of internal control and insight into when internal control is being applied effectively.
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.
Provides insights from professionals and thought-leaders in key roles in the early phases of the transition to the 2013 Framework and is intended to assist senior-level financial executives as they plan and execute their own transition in the months ahead.
Provides highlights regarding the updated COSO Internal Control Framework (2013) as well as one approach, including five steps, to transitioning to it.
Discusses the three outcomes of NBA's most recent reserach, included in its Knowledge Sharing Program, inlcuding that risk management systems without sufficient attention paid to human factors will fail, people and behaviors make or break risk management even in companies that pay more attention to hard controls, and the risk paragraph in annual reports is often not perceived as meaningful.
- 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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