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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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This paper, “International Cybersecurity, Data and Technology Principles,” offers thoughts on foundational principles for the formation of effective policy on cybersecurity, data and technology.
Cybersecurity and the Role of Internal Audit: An Urgent Call to Action
December 16, 2015 - Deloitte
This report offers insights into internal audit’s role as the third line of cyber defense and outlines a cybersecurity assessment framework built on Deloitte Advisory’s Secure.Vigilant.Resilient.™ approach.
Cybersecurity: The Changing Role of Audit Committee and Internal Audit
November 25, 2015 - Deloitte
The audit committee plays a vital role in monitoring management’s preparation for, and response to, cyberthreats and the associated regulatory and business developments.
Computers, servers and the Internet are indispensable tools for financial professionals – and they are under relentless attack. For accountants, measures must be taken to ensure that the sensitive personal and corporate financial information they handle is safe: accountants need to be at the forefront of cybersecurity.
The cost of cyber attacks to businesses and individuals globally is estimated to be around USD $133 billion, $1 billion in Australia and $625 million in New Zealand. Cyber security is an escalating risk and has become top priority for the boardroom agenda and CIO’s all over.
This web page offers resources and information on digital security for small businesses.
They hack into companies' email, pretend to be senior executives and direct employees to make bogus financial transactions.
- Security in the Accountancy Sector: How Dealing with Documents Correctly Can Help
August 17, 2016 - Accounting Web
- Shining a Brighter Light on Risk
August 3, 2016 - Business Times
- AICPA to Help Position CPAs in Fight against Cyber Crime
July 8, 2016 - Accounting Today
- Cybersecurity Startups Set for Surge
June 8, 2016 - Forbes
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