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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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Three top internal audit executives discuss how they view it, how their companies deal with it, and what they think the future holds in terms of planning, prevention, response, and execution.
Most people understand the importance of the "tone at the top" and realize that a company's financial reporting environment and culture can act as a strong deterrent to fraudulent financial reporting. But beyond the right "tone," what else can be done? What additional steps can be taken to deter fraud or, if fraud should get a foothold, to stop it in its tracks?
To facilitate continuous learning for risk management professionals, the RiskSpotlight team has identified 70+ videos on YouTube on various risk management topics.
AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, discusses CPAs and cybersecurity.
“There is no doubt in my mind that we will get to a safer and more secure digital world.” So said Jeff Spivey, president, Security Risk Management, in his presentation at The IIA’s 2014 All Star Conference. How that will happen is up for grabs, but Spivey offers some insight on what it will take to get there.
IIA President and CEO Richard Chambers explains why old-school audit planning was not designed to deal with unexpected risks.
Audit Committees may not be adept at defining what they need from you. If you figure out what inquiries and pressures they’re dealing with, you’ll transcend “strictly financial reporting” and be on your way to becoming a significant source of relevant information.
- 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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