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- Professional Accountants in Business
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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
This report examines the growing threat to businesses and the problems lawmakers have because of the pace of technological evolution.
New generation of tools for assessing companies' "cyber hygiene" may lower the risk of data breaches.
Financial Literacy Essential to Waging War on Fraud
February 4, 2016 - CPA Canada
CPA Canada’s Cairine Wilson discusses the importance of having the knowledge and confidence to protect yourself against fraud.
Understanding Cybersecurity and the External Audit
February 2, 2016 - Center for Audit Quality
This resource explains that role in two important contexts: the audits of financial statements and internal control over financial reporting (where applicable) and disclosures.
Interview with Vincent Tophoff on the topic of transforming risk management from being bolt-on to built-in.
Based on extensive research of ICA practices in a wide range of companies, Deloitte has identified a set of leading practices for each component of this framework in this new report.
ISO 31000: Risk Management–A Practical Guide for SMEs
January 21, 2016 - ISO
This is designed to be used alongside ISO 31000, this handbook provides indepth guidance for SMEs looking to improve their risk management practices.
- 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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