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What Are the Benefits and Risks Associated With Data Integrity?

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Tue, Jan 14, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

Data integrity is the assurance that information can only be accessed or modified by those authorized to access the system. Measures taken to ensure integrity include controlling the physical environment of networked terminals and servers, restricting access to data, and maintaining rigorous authentication practices. Data integrity can also be threatened by environmental hazards, such as heat, dust and electrical surges.

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Topics: IT Audit, IT Infrastructure, Cloud Computing, IT Risk, IT Controls, Data Security, Data Analytics, Performance Management/Measurement, Customer Satisfaction

Project Management: Business Risks and Best Practices You Need to Know

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Tue, Jan 14, 2020 @ 12:00 PM
Project management is generally associated with the ability to apply expert knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project activities in order to meet or exceed stakeholder needs and expectations. Failure to manage project management risk  can have serious ramifications:

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Topics: Project Management

In The Spotlight: Your Accounts Payable Process

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Jan 02, 2020 @ 03:35 PM

The accounts payable process is all about how a company pays its bills. For most companies, accounts payable begins with receiving an invoice and ends with issuing payment to the supplier. Usually companies pay invoices on a daily, weekly, or semimonthly basis. In addition to paying invoices, the accounts payable group typically has responsibility for managing accounting policies that affect supplier relationships and cash management.

Companies generally follow a standard set of activities for processing an invoice for payment. The accounts payable staff:

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Topics: Accounts Payable & Purchasing, Digital Transformation

How to Optimize Effective Audit Planning

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Dec 20, 2019 @ 12:40 PM

Audit planning sets the tone for the audit. If audit planning hasn't been done well, it can make the entire audit much more difficult. You should be answering four key questions during audit planning:

 

 

 

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Topics: Internal Audit, Audit Planning

How to Easily Revamp Risk Culture in the Digital Age

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Dec 20, 2019 @ 08:50 AM

How many directors can name a chief risk officer who has advised them and the executive team that the organization is too risk-averse? In the digital age, not enough.

It has always been understood that one must take risks to grow. And typically, the more risk one takes, the higher the potential return. Conversely, a risk-averse mindset leads to a lower return. Given the pace of change in the digital age, the reality is such that it’s not just a matter of taking risk to grow or generate greater returns — it’s also a matter of survival. That’s why organizations might have to undertake more risk than they may be accustomed to taking if they are to survive.

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Topics: Culture, Digital Transformation

How Are You Monitoring Your Project Management Risk?

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Dec 13, 2019 @ 08:55 AM

Project management risk is significant because of its lasting implications. By definition, a project is a “temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service and involves doing something that has not been done before.” Thus, it is reasonable to expect projects to involve a high degree of risk, and statistics support that expectation.

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Topics: Project Management, IT Strategy, Performance Management/Measurement

How Important is Due Diligence to the M&A Process?

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Dec 06, 2019 @ 08:17 AM

There are several key phases of the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) process:

  • Growth/Portfolio strategy
  • Due diligence
  • Integration planning
  • Integration execution
  • Project management
  • Change management
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Topics: Mergers and Acquisitions

How to Successfully Optimize Your BCM Program

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Tue, Nov 26, 2019 @ 04:00 PM

Business continuity management (BCM) is the development of strategies, plans and actions that provide protection or alternative modes of operation for activities or business processes which, if they were to be interrupted, might otherwise bring a seriously damaging or potentially fatal loss to the enterprise.

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Topics: Business Continuity Management

Six Tips on How to Implement a Strong Ethics Program

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Nov 22, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

Do your customers trust and believe in your company? Do you trust and believe your employees? Do your employees trust and believe in you?

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Topics: Ethics

How to Effectively Audit Fixed Assets

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Nov 21, 2019 @ 04:28 PM

Auditing fixed assets is extremely important to ensure that accounting for capital assets and depreciation is in compliance with management’s objectives. KnowledgeLeader has over 70 pieces of content focused on the fixed assets process.

Before you can begin to audit fixed assets, it’s important to understand the core terminology:

 

 
 
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Topics: Fixed Assets

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