Over the last year, we've seen unemployment rates decrease and consumer confidence make a comeback, but that doesn't mean that business risks have evaporated. In fact, as the global business environment rapidly evolves, new opportunities and challenges present themselves, bringing new risk dialogue topics to boardrooms and executive offices around the world.
In November 2013, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) will formally release long-anticipated updates to ISO/IEC 27001 and 27002. The last time these standards were updated was in 2005.
Throughout the year, Protiviti conducts research and publishes insightful thought leadership on a broad range of issues affecting publicly held companies, ranging from today’s top risks to internal audit, SOX compliance, and IT security and privacy. Protiviti also regularly addresses key market developments, such as this year’s release by COSO of its new Internal Control – Integrated Framework.
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.
Social media continues to upend how the business world interacts with customers, and there’s no turning back. Lines of communication that once were almost universally unidirectional have become two-way conversations thanks to platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and their brethren.
In more than 20 years of experience as an auditor, I have had the good fortune to go on audit assignments and client meetings throughout the U.S. and in many countries of the world. Some trips were spectacular, landing me in the midst of great cities like New York, New Orleans and San Francisco. Others, however, put me in danger zones amidst civil war and natural disaster. If you’re a well-heeled auditor like me, you’ll appreciate the stories and advice I share in this article. If you have ever dreamed of getting that plum auditing role that includes travel, take note: it isn’t always what you imagined it to be. This article will help you understand the pros and cons of the traveling auditor’s life.
Topics: Protiviti, internal audit, audit, information technology risk, Hot Issues, project management, travel, audit assignments, network & internet security, Cross-border & Non-US issues, Paul Pettit
The "Holy Grail" for IT has always been to be closely aligned with business efforts. For years, business has encouraged IT to focus on delivering business priorities. At the same time, IT has tried to be an integral part of business planning and align IT efforts and investments with business priorities. Ultimately, effective IT alignment really does require the ongoing and engaged involvement of all key participants.
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