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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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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.
Aims to improve the understanding and management of an entity’s intellectual property assets which are some of the most valuable an organisation can own.
Paper breaks down each of the three lines and assigns the corresponding framework principles.
Identifies critical elements of the CFO’s role in protecting his/her organization from cyberattacks, as well as practical recommendations for establishing an effective cybersecurity program.
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.
This paper explores the business risk of association with economic war crimes as supply chains lengthen and activist interest grows.
UHY Insights paper on Cyber Security which highlights the importance to businesses of protecting the critical information assets and contains useful information and recommendations to help.
- UK Loses £11bn In a Year to Cyber Crime
October 19, 2016 - Economia
- Accounting Group Steps Up Cyber “Impersonation” Focus
September 26, 2016 - Wall Street Journal
- AICPA Sets Out Criteria for Cybersecurity Risk Management
September 23, 2016 - Accounting Web
- Deloitte CFO Insights: Seven Hidden Costs of a Cyberattack
August 25, 2016 - CFO Innovation
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