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Audit Committee: How to Maximize Your Evaluation

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Oct 25, 2019 @ 07:23 AM

Every audit committee should assess the effectiveness of the organization’s internal audit function at least annually, if not throughout the year. The critical role that internal audit plays requires the audit committee to ensure that the organization receives substantial benefits from the investments made in the internal audit function. Though the charter, scope, funding and activities of internal audit vary from company to company, audit committees should at least consider the following questions when evaluating their company’s internal audit function:

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Topics: internal audit, audit committee & board, KL Tools

Audit Committee: Importance to the Board of Directors

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Sep 27, 2019 @ 09:12 AM

What should the audit committee’s relationship be with an organization’s board of directors, compensation committee, disclosure committee, and nominating and governance committee?

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Topics: internal audit, audit committee & board, KL Tools

10 Important Roles of the Audit Committee in Internal Audit

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Sep 05, 2019 @ 02:54 PM

10 Important Roles of the Audit Committee in Internal Audit

Although the exact nature, charter, scope and reporting lines of internal audit may vary between companies, the audit committee plays a key role in supporting and overseeing aspects of an internal audit function’s activities. While needing to ensure that it does not assume day-to-day oversight activities on behalf of management or the internal audit function, the audit committee should generally be involved in the following matters:

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Topics: internal audit, audit committee & board, KL Tools

Second Line of Defense: What Needs to Be Present

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, May 02, 2019 @ 04:19 PM

What is the Second Line of Defense?

Essential to effective risk management, the lines-of-defense model is implicit in COSO’s internal control framework through the control environment, control, activities, monitoring and other components of an internal control system. It provides assurance to the board of directors, as the elected representatives of the shareholders to oversee the organization’s operations on their behalf, that risks are reduced to a manageable level as dictated by the organization’s appetite for risk. Much more than “segregating incompatible duties” and “ensuring checks and balances,” the lines-of defense model emphasizes a fundamental concept of risk management: From the boardroom to the customer-facing processes, managing risk is everyone’s responsibility.

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Topics: enterprise risk management, corporate governance, internal audit, COSO, audit committee & board, strategic risk, KL Tools

Communicating With Shareholders: What You Need to Know

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 @ 11:36 AM

Communicating with shareholders is about capital – the ability to access either equity or debt at the lowest possible cost. By understanding investor motivation and maintaining relationships within the investment community, companies are strategically positioned to address operational funding issues proactively and thus can exercise greater control over the capital formation process. By identifying sources of capital, world-class companies can maintain capital structures through a mix of long-term debt and equity funding options at the lowest possible cost.

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Topics: investments and foreign exchange, audit committee & board, accounting/finance, financial reporting, performance management/measurement, KL Tools, Mergers & Acquisitions, communication, kpis

What is Internal Auditing?

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Oct 25, 2018 @ 12:27 PM

What is internal auditing?

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Topics: internal audit, IT audit, audit committee & board, audit planning, KL Publications, audit testing

What is Organizational Alignment Risk?

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 @ 11:33 AM

What is Organizational Alignment Risk?

Organizational alignment is defined as a conscious and systematic coordination and alignment of three powerful and interrelated driving forces: organizational strategy, organizational culture and organizational infrastructure. Organizational alignment is to be mutually supportive and contribute as efficiently and effectively as possible to meet organizational goals and objectives.

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Topics: enterprise risk management, risk assessment, audit committee & board, strategic risk, performance management/measurement, KL Tools

Ten Tips for Making High-Impact Presentations

Posted by Sharise Cruz on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 @ 11:05 AM

It may not be explicit in your job description, but in order to be a high-performing auditor, you have to be able to deliver messages in a clear and compelling manner. From kick-off 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, Ann Butera, Hot Issues, internal audit, audit committee & board

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

Keeping Pace with Change: Five Questions Directors Should Ask

Posted by Sharise Cruz on Wed, Dec 11, 2013 @ 02:59 PM

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: Protiviti, enterprise risk management, corporate governance, Board Perspectives, audit committee & board, strategic risk

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