internal audit

The internal audit world is bracing for big change thanks to Covid-19: tighter budgets, more risk assessments, changes to the audit plan, and — like so many others these days — lots of working from home.  So says a special report published by the Institute of Internal Auditors on Monday, based on a survey of…

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fraud

Well this is just great: a new report finds that fraud is rising across Corporate America, as cyber thieves and scam artists try to take advantage of the confusion spawned by companies responding to the Covid-19 crisis.  The report, published by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners on Tuesday, surveyed more than 1,800 anti-fraud professionals…

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sox

Protiviti just released its latest report on Sarbanes-Oxley compliance practices, and internal audit professionals may want to brace themselves. Costs are rising, manhours are rising, automation isn’t happening nearly as quickly as one might hope — and that was all the case before Covid-19 made everything more difficult. The report surveyed 735 internal audit professionals…

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continuity

If you ever want to see one of the most maddening side effects of Covid-19, read a sadly superb story from the New York Times this weekend examining the troubles of the U.S. food industry. It paints a powerful picture of the supply chain and business continuity risks many companies will face in months and…

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I fully support more use of artificial intelligence in corporate compliance and audit, but this is next level: an auditing conference in Dubai next month will feature an artificial intelligence program delivering a talk on AI.  The AI program, which exists in a humanoid robot named Sophia, will speak at the 20th Annual Regional Audit…

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pandemic

Well this is convenient: one week after we had a post exploring the intersection of operational resiliency and compliance, two examples of the issue ripped from the headlines show just how much this obscure idea has real impact on compliance professionals’ lives. First, one of the Federal Reserve’s top regulators said last week that the…

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sox

Internal auditors might want to look at a new report on Sarbanes-Oxley compliance that paints a rather drab picture of things these days: SOX compliance duties crowding onto your plate, costs going up, and compliance teams adopting new technology at a pace less than people might like.  The report, from the SOX Professionals Group and…

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pandemic

The Institute of Internal Auditors just dropped an unsettling new report on the state of risk management. Namely, corporate board directors believe their organizations are better at managing key risks than corporate executives do — and an uncomfortably high number of executives and directors say that misalignment is OK.  The report, OnRisk 2020: A Guide…

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North Dakota

Here’s an item sure to pique the interest of audit executives everywhere: the state auditor of North Dakota is in a hissing match with lawmakers there, who just enacted a law requiring him to seek approval from the Legislature’s fiscal review committee before his office conducts performance audits. The state auditor, Josh Gallion, says he…

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sox

Protiviti has released its annual study of SOX compliance costs — a mixed picture where compliance costs are drifting downward overall, even while the hours spent doing SOX compliance work are on their way up. The report polled nearly 700 finance or audit executives. Frankly, the statistics about SOX compliance costs don’t tell us much,…

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