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What You Need to Know About Robotic Process Automation

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Jun 20, 2019 @ 04:30 PM

Are You Familiar With Robotic Process Automation?

Robotic process automation (RPA) has been gaining traction as an efficient way to automate labor-intensive and repetitive tasks across a variety of business functions, including finance, accounting, technology, legal, HR, and, increasingly, audit and compliance.

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Topics: IT governance, IT infrastructure, IT strategy, IT risk, energy & utilities, performance management/measurement, KL Tools, Robotic Process Automation, IT Asset Management

How to Evaluate Your Corporate Culture

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Jun 13, 2019 @ 05:15 PM

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Topics: KL Tools, communication, culture

How to Develop an Effective Code of Conduct

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, May 30, 2019 @ 05:14 PM

Executives often cite an ability to adapt to change as the most important factor for success in today’s dynamic business environment; however, there is another equally important factor: an unwavering commitment to ethical and responsible business behavior. As many organizations already understand, a formal, written code of conduct is critical in order to transform ethical behavior into something more tangible for employees. Such a code is now a requirement for public companies, as mandated by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and by the listing requirements of major stock exchanges.

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Topics: ethics, KL Tools, communication

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

What You Need to Know About Compliance of GDPR

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Apr 04, 2019 @ 06:04 PM

Are You Familiar with GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became effective May 25, 2018, and introduced strict rules for the protection of the personal data of EU citizens. GDPR expanded the scope of previous EU regulations to include any data processor or data controller that processes the personal data of EU residents. Under this law, U.S. companies have to employ data transfer mechanisms (such as Privacy Shield) if they want to continue doing business – even online – with EU data subjects.

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Topics: Data, analytics, business intelligence, KL Tools

Exploring the Big Picture of IT Risk Assessment

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Mar 28, 2019 @ 05:26 PM

Most, if not all, business transactions executed today touch the information technology (IT) environment at some point in their lifecycle. As organizations plan for the next calendar year, it’s logical to regard the IT risk assessment as a critical component that should be reviewed through the internal audit function.

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Topics: laws & regulations, compliance, risk assessment, performance management/measurement, KL Tools

How to Use the 5 Best Practices of Inventory Management

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Mar 15, 2019 @ 02:20 PM

Inventory planners and managers today find themselves engaged in a delicate balancing act. On one hand, they strive at all costs to stay competitive in a marketplace that continues to demand more customized products and faster delivery services. On the other hand, they are still obliged to keep the actual cost of maintaining such complex inventory down to a minimum. Despite the dilemma, however, companies that apply best practices know firsthand how an efficient inventory management system can transform a business. Some have even reported improvements of up to 90 percent in throughput times and defect levels.

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Topics: supply chain, vendor management, accounting/finance, performance management/measurement, KL Tools, inventory and materials management, accounts payable & purchasing

What Is Intellectual Property and What Are the Risks?

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Feb 21, 2019 @ 05:15 PM

Copyright pirates, brand impersonators, patent flouters and trade secret thieves are a major threat to businesses, given their increased aggressiveness towards intellectual property (IP) theft. These, and any other original creative works that have economic value and are protected by law, can be categorized as IP.

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Topics: enterprise risk management, risk assessment, strategic risk, data security,, performance management/measurement, KL Tools, intellectual property

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

Audit Committee: How to Develop a Strong Self-Assessment Process

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Feb 01, 2019 @ 09:49 AM

The audit committee of the board of directors helps the board fulfill its responsibilities to the company and its current and potential shareholders, the investment community, and other stakeholders, with respect to its oversight of the following: 

  • The quality and integrity of the company’s accounting and reporting practices and controls.
  • The financial statements and reports of the company.
  • The company’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
  • The independent auditor’s qualifications and independence.
  • The performance of the company’s internal audit function and independent auditors.
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Topics: accounting/finance, audit committee, self assessment, performance management/measurement, KL Tools

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