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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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Strong internal controls are vital for small organizations, and using the framework created by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission can help these entities manage risk. Companies can get started by setting the right organizational tone, giving employees a way to raise concerns and making relationship-building a priority.
Regulators worldwide are increasingly under pressure to investigate corruption and fraud across borders and recover proceeds of misconduct. To ensure their multinational companies are mitigating their corruption and fraud risk, boards should take these four steps.
Illustrates how Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. developed a framework to work through the company’s ongoing strategy and financial planning and analysis.
Scenario planning can help companies identify both risks and opportunities to drive more effective business decisions.
Chief audit executives and audit committee members see internal audit priorities differently, according to an annual Grant Thornton survey.
How to Protect against the 9 Most Common Cyber-Attacks
January 14, 2015 - CGMA Magazine
The 9 most common kinds of cyber-attacks–and how to prevent them
Cyber-Security: How Big is Risk to Small Businesses?
October 27, 2014 - CGMA Magazine
Small businesses often lack the resources to maintain a secure IT environment, and may falsely assume hackers only attack large organizations. These steps can help small businesses protect themselves against cyber-risks.
- 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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