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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 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

New Pricing Risks Pioneered by the Consumer Perspective

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 @ 09:49 AM

Pricing is defined as the monetary value an organization assigns to a particular product or service.

When setting prices, an organization must consider a wide variety of financial market factors in order to effectively determine prices for products and services.

These factors may include the following:

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Topics: risk assessment, strategic risk, performance management/measurement, KL Tools, customer satisfaction, inventory and materials management, sales process & marketing, revenue

Guide to Records Management

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 @ 01:24 PM

Technology has greatly expanded the methods of creating, editing, maintaining, transmitting and retrieving records. From creation to disposition, records in electronic recordkeeping systems may now utilize a variety of media. An example of an electronic recordkeeping system is one in which a personal computer generates the original records, which are subsequently stored on a secondary electronic resource. While paper copies of the electronic records may be printed for distribution, the original records are transferred electronically.

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Topics: fraud, risk assessment, IT risk, strategic risk, document retention, performance management/measurement, electronic discovery

How to Successfully Manage Supply Chain Distribution Channels

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, May 10, 2018 @ 02:11 PM

What Is Channel Effectiveness Risk?

Channel effectiveness risk is the risk that poorly performing or positioned supply chains or distribution channels may threaten a firm's capacity to effectively and efficiently interact with suppliers and inhibits the ability to access current and potential customers and end users.

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Topics: risk assessment, supply chain, strategic risk, vendor management, accounting/finance, performance management/measurement, KL Tools, inventory and materials management

How Does Opportunity Risk Apply to Financial Business Processes?

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, May 03, 2018 @ 10:08 AM

Opportunity risk occurs whenever there’s a possibility that a better opportunity may become available after having committed to an irreversible decision.

We all experience opportunity risk at its most basic level several times a week. For example, imagine you have enough cash on you for lunch in a new town and you’re trying to decide between two restaurants you’ve never tried. What if you spend your time and money on the first option and it’s terrible? Or even maybe it’s not terrible, but the second option is just so much better?

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Topics: risk assessment, strategic risk, performance management/measurement, KL Tools, budgeting, cost management

How Can Human Resource Risk Be Managed?

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Apr 05, 2018 @ 10:01 AM

“All of the blame and none of the praise”

This was how one Human Resource professional described their job in a forum on tech recruiting recently. Human Resources (HR) can be a bit of a mine field full of potential hazards and risks while searching for that perfect candidate to fill a company’s needs. 

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Topics: laws & regulations, human resources, risk assessment, strategic risk, performance management/measurement, KL Tools

How To Minimize Customer Fraud Risk

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 @ 04:41 PM

Fraud is the intentional perversion of truth in order to induce another to part with something of value or to surrender a legal right. In the business community, the ultimate goal of fraud is to gain money. There are numerous frauds within the business world.

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Topics: fraud, ethics, risk assessment, strategic risk, performance management/measurement, KL Tools, customer satisfaction

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

Process Alignment Risk Key Performance Indicators Guide

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Jan 05, 2018 @ 08:38 AM

What Is Process Alignment Risk?

This is the risk that the business processes within a company may not be appropriately aligned with its corporate strategy, resulting in the inability of the organization to meet the demands of its customers efficiently and effectively. Process alignment can be defined as the synchronization of business process objectives and performance measures with organizational objectives and strategies, with a view to avoiding conflicting, uncoordinated activities.

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Topics: risk assessment, performance measurement, strategic risk, knowledge management

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