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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 Assess Your View of Future Risks

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Nov 15, 2019 @ 09:08 AM

Given the complexity of the business environment, executives need to be careful to avoid overconfidence that can be bred by an expressed or implied “official” view of the future during the risk assessment process. Overconfidence is a powerful source of illusions. It is often driven by the degree of success managers have experienced and the quality and coherence of the storyline they construct regarding the future they envision. Scenario planning is the process of testing management’s “view of the future” by visualizing different future conditions or events, what their consequences or effects would be like, and how the organization can respond to or benefit from them. Scenario planning avoids the risk of a single view of the future by enabling management to identify the likely direction and order of magnitude of the effects of changes that affect the drivers of the enterprise’s revenues, costs, profits and market share.

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Topics: Internal Audit, Risk Assessment

Traditional Risk Assessment Approaches Have Limited Value

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Nov 08, 2019 @ 10:05 AM

Developing risk maps, heat maps and risk rankings based on subjective assessments of the severity of impact of potential future events and their likelihood of occurrence is common practice. These approaches provide an overall picture of the risks, seem simple and understandable to most people, are often the result of a systematic process, and provide a rough profile of the organization’s risks.

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Topics: Internal Audit, Risk Assessment

How Quick Is Your Financial Close Process?

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Oct 31, 2019 @ 04:45 PM

"Close the books" is a process that a corporation uses to reconcile, consolidate and report financial information on a periodic basis. Each company defines closing the books a little differently; not all companies complete an identical list of tasks in their close-the-books process.

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Topics: Internal Audit, Financial Services Industry, Accounting/Finance

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

The Best Way to Formulate and Execute Audit Procedures

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Oct 17, 2019 @ 04:32 PM

Once a company forms an internal audit function, completes the risk assessment process and develops an internal audit plan that is responsive to the risk assessment, it can initiate individual internal audit assignments.

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Topics: Internal Audit, Risk Assessment, Self-Assessment

When is the Last Time You Reviewed Your Purchasing Process?

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Oct 10, 2019 @ 04:45 PM

The process of purchasing materials and supplies comprises procedures and activities to acquire goods in the correct quantity and in a timely manner. The process should include how purchases are started (e.g., inventory levels), who is involved and how it is made. In addition, the process covers the communication of purchases to all required areas of the company (e.g., accounting). Inventory management follows and starts from the time inventory purchases are received to the time the inventory is sold to the customer and payment is received.

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Topics: Internal Audit, Accounts Payable & Purchasing, Digital Transformation

Is Your Strategy Focused on Digital Transformation?

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Oct 04, 2019 @ 10:14 AM

The digital revolution currently taking place is transforming our world. Over the next few years, many organizations will need to undertake radical change programs and, in some cases, completely reinvent themselves to remain relevant and competitive.

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Topics: Internal Audit, Strategic Risk, Digital Transformation

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

How to Achieve Remarkable Value From Internal Audit in the Digital Age

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Sep 19, 2019 @ 05:52 PM

In a world of rapid change on almost every front at which organizations must adapt and grow or risk decline and their ultimate demise, everybody faces the same reality — either continuously improve their efforts to contribute sustainable value or be left behind. The chief audit executive (CAE) is no exception. As the risks and complexities companies face change, so do the focus, skill sets and capabilities needed by internal audit.

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Topics: Internal Audit, Digital Transformation

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