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Five Tips for Increasing Your Influence as an Auditor

Posted by Sharise Cruz on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

Written by Ann Butera, president of The Whole Person Project, Inc.

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Topics: human resources, training & development, Ann Butera, Hot Issues, leadership, change management

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

Raising the Bar: Auditing Your Enterprise Risk Management Program

Posted by Sharise Cruz on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 @ 11:36 AM
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Topics: enterprise risk management, Hot Issues, internal audit, COSO, risk assessment, Dan Swanson, audit committee & board, governance risk & compliance

How to Audit Business Continuity Programs

Posted by Sharise Cruz on Wed, Oct 02, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

Ensuring that an organization can recover from disaster is a basic business requirement the board should explore regularly with management. Nowadays, leading organizations are taking this requirement and turning it into a strategic advantage. Namely, investments in operational resiliency are assisting organizations to become more responsive to client needs as well as improving operational reliability, quality and efficiency. It’s an effort you should consider.  

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Topics: Hot Issues, internal audit, Dan Swanson, disaster recovery, operations security, business continuity management

Auditing IT Initiatives Is a Recommended Quality Practice

Posted by Sharise Cruz on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 @ 07:00 PM

Changes to a company’s information technology (IT) environment, both information systems and the underlying platforms, are a source of significant operational risk for every organization. To protect its IT investment and reduce operating risk, robust change management processes are critical. The need for a positive control environment and a very unforgiving attitude regarding unauthorized IT changes by management cannot be overemphasized. Insufficiently tested IT changes is an unacceptable practice.

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Topics: Hot Issues, IT audit, Dan Swanson, IT governance, IT infrastructure, IT strategy

Mining Internal Audit’s Capabilities and Needs

Posted by Sharise Cruz on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 @ 09:51 AM
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Topics: Protiviti, Hot Issues, internal audit, IT audit, social media risk, audit committee & board, audit planning, webcasts, benchmarking

Auditing Technology Changes: Are Yours Well-Managed?

Posted by Sharise Cruz on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 @ 11:29 AM

Information technology is critical to the long-term success of most organizations. It is a key driver for the cost of operations, and cost of operations tends to be a vital component of overall profitability. It facilitates the introduction of new business initiatives, as well as the ongoing improvement of current processes, and allows the management team to monitor and report on performance. IT enables business operations through connectivity, information processing, business intelligence and the like. Lastly, and especially important to this audience, IT can contribute greatly to a company’s system of internal control. 

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Topics: information technology risk, Hot Issues, internal audit, IT audit, Dan Swanson, technology, reporting, change management

Auditing Lessons Learned from Natural Disasters

Posted by Aspen Plummer on Mon, Jul 08, 2013 @ 11:21 AM
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Topics: Protiviti, Hot Issues, internal audit, risk, natural disasters, business continuity, supply chain

Auditing Information Security: Are You Protected?

Posted by Aspen Plummer on Mon, Jul 01, 2013 @ 09:34 AM

I once read an article that stated that many people worry about accidental death, particularly in ways that are very frightening, like poisonous snakes or spiders, or even alligator attacks. This same article noted that based on official death statistics, the vast majority of people actually die from chronic health causes, including heart attacks, obesity and other ailments that result from poor attention to long-term personal fitness. In 2003, accidental deaths in the United States numbered around 100,000; chronic health-related deaths were more than 2.4 million.

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Topics: Hot Issues, security, risk management, organizational risk, information security

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