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Risk Oversight: How to be Aware of Emerging Business Risks

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Apr 02, 2020 @ 02:15 PM

Given the dynamic environment, the audit committee should take a close look at the company’s risk profile at least annually. Ideally, this review should be supported by an updated risk assessment by management. As the committee evaluates disclosure issues, an understanding of the key risks can provide valuable insights.

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Topics: Enterprise Risk Management, Risk Assessment, Audit Committee & Board, Strategic Risk

How to Conduct an Up-to-Date Information Security Audit

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 @ 10:00 AM

The point of the article, of course, was that people must focus their attention in the correct places when considering what would most influence their quality of life. That same exact issue exists within organizations where the board and management must ensure that they build and sustain the long-term health of the company.

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Topics: Enterprise Risk Management, Internal Audit, Audit Committee & Board, IT Infrastructure

Five Components of the COSO Framework You Need to Know

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Mar 12, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

WHAT DOES COSO STAND FOR?

In 1992, the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) developed a model for evaluating internal controls. This model has been adopted as the generally accepted framework for internal control and is widely recognized as the definitive standard against which organizations measure the effectiveness of their systems of internal control. 

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Topics: Enterprise Risk Management, Corporate Governance, COSO, Audit Committee & Board

Audit Committee Reporting: Important Practices and Examples You Need to Know

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Tue, Mar 10, 2020 @ 08:30 AM

Chief audit executives and audit teams may be comfortable with the fact that their approach to audit committee reporting has followed the same unwavering path for the past decade. But are they shortchanging themselves by not communicating results as clearly and engagingly as possible?

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Topics: Internal Audit, Risk Assessment, Audit Committee & Board, Quality Assessment Review, Audit Reporting

Ten Tips You Need to Know for Making High-Impact Presentations

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Tue, Mar 10, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

In order to be a high-performing auditor, you must be able to deliver messages in a clear and compelling manner. From kickoff meetings and status reports to internal training sessions, executive committee reports and even ordinary staff meetings, auditors are often required to communicate with tact, diplomacy and conviction.

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Topics: Human Resources, Training & Development, Internal Audit, Audit Committee & Board

Internal Audit: How to Guarantee an Increase in Performance

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Tue, Mar 10, 2020 @ 08:00 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: Internal Audit, Risk Assessment, Audit Committee & Board, Quality Assessment Review, Audit Planning

Enterprise Risk Management: How to Effectively Raise the Bar

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Tue, Mar 10, 2020 @ 08:00 AM
Everyone talks about the need for good risk management programs, but nobody seems to know how to audit them to ensure that they work. The people that bear responsibility for setting the parameters of an enterprise risk management (ERM) program is pretty clear: the board of directors and the C-level executives. They decide what the risks are, what level of risk they’re willing to tolerate and what risks they do not want to tolerate. They are responsible for monitoring and responding to ERM outputs and obtaining assurance that the organization’s risks are acceptably managed within the specified boundaries.
 
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Topics: Enterprise Risk Management, Internal Audit, COSO, Risk Assessment, Audit Committee & Board, Governance, Risk & Compliance

How to Improve Internal Audit's Capabilities and Needs

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Tue, Mar 10, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

Ongoing professional development is essential for today’s internal auditors, previously outlined in Protiviti’s 2013 Internal Audit Capabilities and Needs Survey. The results of the survey provide plenty of food for thought on the importance internal auditors assign to professional development in the light of a rapidly changing environment with new challenges at every turn. At the same time, internal auditors are enjoying a broader range of career paths and becoming innovative thinkers to meet the needs and challenges of a changing environment.        

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Topics: Internal Audit, IT Audit, Audit Committee & Board, Audit Planning

Five Essential Lines of Defense You Need to Know for Managing Risk

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Feb 28, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

Organizations have learned many lessons over the years from specific financial crises. For example, if a chief executive ignores the warning signs posed by the risk management function, resists contrarian information suggesting the corporate strategy is either not working or losing relevance, or fails to consider critical risks when evaluating whether to enter a new market or consummate a complex acquisition, the shareholders and other constituents can end up paying a high price.

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Topics: Enterprise Risk Management, Internal Audit, Audit Committee & Board, Strategic Risk

Five Important Questions on How to Effectively Keep Pace With Change

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Wed, Feb 26, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

We all know that change is inevitable, but what can an organization do to keep its strategies and risk management capabilities on the same course as the ever-changing business environment? 

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Topics: Enterprise Risk Management, Corporate Governance, Audit Committee & Board, Strategic Risk

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