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Risk Assessment Maps and Prioritizing Business Processes

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 @ 08:39 AM

Risk assessment helps identify and document critical business processes and the internal controls within each process. Combined with facilitated management meetings, this approach can help gain company-wide consensus by including key process owners in risk and controls analysis.

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Topics: enterprise risk management, performance management, risk assessment, governance risk & compliance, performance measurement

Guide to Risk and Risk Reporting

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Sep 01, 2017 @ 08:22 AM

Business risk is the level of exposure to uncertainties that the enterprise must understand and effectively manage as it achieves its objectives and creates value. It is not just about threats; there is an upside as well as a downside. Risk is not about a single point estimate—time frame is an important factor when evaluating risk, and exposure and uncertainty are important factors.

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Topics: risk assessment, governance risk & compliance, strategic risk

Close-the-Books Guide: Reduce Financial Close Risk

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Aug 04, 2017 @ 07:30 AM

A fast, close-the-books process provides multiple benefits for the finance function and for the company. First, a fast close process creates more time for finance professionals to focus on strategic activities for the company, such as identifying warnings in financial data and providing the corporation's financial direction. It also reduces the cost of the finance function, since fewer hours are needed to close the books. And it demonstrates that the company's controls and systems are well organized; the company sends the message to its competitors and to the investment community that it is expert at performing business processes.

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Topics: performance management, risk assessment, performance measurement, accounting/finance, financial reporting, close the books

What Is Internal Audit’s Role in Cyber Security?

Posted by Katrina Opgenorth on Fri, Jun 09, 2017 @ 08:57 AM

Corporations today are thinking about how to protect assets. A few of the white collar crime problems include hacking/intrusions (cyber vulnerability), insider/outsider trading (convergence of cyber and financial crimes), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), spear fishing (email compromise) and economic espionage. They must consider the possibility of internal corruption or external corruption, and environmental factors such as culture and competition contributing to these crimes. As protection, organizations can use cyber security, pen testing and data loss prevention tactics.

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Topics: enterprise risk management, internal audit, internal controls, risk assessment, cybersecurity, IT controls

Two New IT RCMs Available on KnowledgeLeader

Posted by Lark Scheierman on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 @ 08:19 AM

The KnowledgeLeader team recently added two risk and control matrices (RCMs) to its tool repository. These RCMs focus on IT-oriented risks and controls. 

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Topics: internal audit, IT audit, risk assessment, IT risk, RCM, KnowledgeLeader tools

Three Sample Internal Audit Risk Assessment Questionnaires

Posted by Lark Scheierman on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 @ 02:04 PM

Internal audit performs a risk assessment to identify and prioritize key risks to best allocate the internal audit resources for the next year. This risk-based approach is focused on surveys/interviews of a cross-section of management personnel to solicit input from the potential customers of an internal audit function. The output from the surveys and interviews can be used to develop an audit plan that creates broad coverage through a blend of internal audits, control self-assessment and targeted external audit coverage.

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Topics: internal audit, risk assessment, KnowledgeLeader tools, Questionnaires

Risk Oversight and Risk Management Questionnaire: The Most Viewed KL Page in 2014

Posted by Lark Scheierman on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 @ 07:55 AM

At the beginning of each year, the KnowledgeLeader team publishes its top 25 pages from the previous year, as determined by subscribers like you. Not surprisingly, the Risk Oversight and Risk Management Questionnaire was the most viewed page in 2014.

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Topics: enterprise risk management, risk assessment, risk, risk oversight, risk management, KnowledgeLeader tools

Internal Audit Risk Assessment – Audit Committee Report

Posted by Sharise Cruz on Tue, Aug 05, 2014 @ 09:15 AM

 

Each month, we'll be giving our social media and blog followers special access to download one of our most popular recently published tools. 

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Topics: internal audit, Audit Report, risk assessment, audit planning, audit reporting, free tool of the month, audit committee

Internal Audit Risk Assessment Report

Posted by Sharise Cruz on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 @ 12:05 PM

Each month, we'll be giving our social media and blog followers special access to download one of our most popular recently published tools. 

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Topics: internal audit, Audit Report, risk assessment, audit planning, audit reporting, free tool of the month

Internal Audit’s Performance – Raising the Bar

Posted by Sharise Cruz on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 @ 11:04 AM

The internal audit function’s position within a company is unique. It provides its principal stakeholders (audit committee members and management) valuable and objective assurance on governance, risk management and control processes, as well as consulting services to improve operations. With this critical responsibility to fulfill, implicit in executing those duties is internal audit’s continuous improvement to its own practices.

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Topics: performance management, Hot Issues, internal audit, risk assessment, Dan Swanson, audit committee & board, quality assessment review, audit planning, performance measurement

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