Risk management and internal control

Staying focused at the top

Olivia Kirtley, CPA, CGMA, an accomplished corporate director with almost 20 years of experience serving on boards, talks about strategic, risk, and compliance issues that keep board members up at night.

Monitoring fraud risks in the supply chain

Mark Pearson, who works in supply chain forensics for Deloitte, explains how companies can probe one of the top risks—third-party expense categories—and avoid overpaying.

Internal audit may need a makeover

As businesses transform in response to market shifts, internal audit functions may need to provide more value-added services and proactive advice to management in the coming years.

Regulation remains top risk for 2015

Some familiar risks are top-of-mind for executives and board members, and new concerns are emerging as well, according to survey results released Monday.

Becoming a strategic risk adviser

Accountants can leverage the training and experience they have in managing compliance risks to become strategic risk advisers for their organizations.

COSO’s ERM framework to undergo update

A well-known framework for risk management is scheduled for another update. The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) announced Tuesday that it is undertaking a project to update its Enterprise Risk Management—Integrated Framework, which debuted in 2004. Organizations use the framework to help them manage uncertainty, consider

Board members keenly focused on risk

Corporate board members of U.S. public companies are keenly focused on risk, but many are not comfortable with their understanding of which risks the companies are willing to take, according to new PwC survey results released Tuesday. In the interest of reducing fraud risk, an increasing percentage of board members

Technology plays a role in board members’ top two concerns

In a business environment where a damaging Twitter post can have disastrous effects on a company’s financials, reputational risk remains the top nonfinancial concern for corporate directors, according to a new survey report. Another risk rooted in technology—cybersecurity and information technology risk—is rising quickly among directors’ concerns, according to the

Six ways not-for-profits can get value from risk management

Many not-for-profits lack the resources to implement a holistic approach to risk across the enterprise. So it’s no surprise that they often lag behind public companies in implementing enterprise risk management (ERM). Indeed, just 13% of not-for-profits responding to a recently released survey said they have complete formal enterprise-wide risk

Five barriers restricting risk management progress

Organizations continue to be aware of the risks in their midst, yet barriers remain for implementing enterprise risk management (ERM) initiatives. More than half (57%) of companies acknowledge that the volume and complexity of risks has increased “mostly” or “extensively” in the past five years, but the number of mature

How to use COSO to assess IT controls

CPAs can assess the effectiveness of their organization’s information technology controls by using Principle 11 of the newly updated internal control framework of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). See a step-by-step procedure for applying Principle 11 to IT controls.

11 issues that could flare up at the next shareholder meeting

U.S. public companies are operating in an environment full of both risk and opportunity as they prepare for their annual shareholder meetings. Cyberthreats, disaster planning, and political and economic unrest are among many factors that make the current climate hazardous for many companies. Although high values in the stock market

Five key defenses against risk

When does a company pull the trigger on an acquisition or investment? When is expanding into a new market a prudent choice? And when is the right time to hire additional personnel or change employee benefits? These are among the many questions organizations consider through a lens of strategic opportunities

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6 key areas of change for accountants and auditors

New accounting standards on revenue recognition, leases, and credit losses present implementation challenges. This independently-written report identifies the hurdles that accounting professionals face and provides tips for overcoming the challenges.

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How tax reform will impact individual taxpayers

Amy Wang, a CPA who is a senior technical manager for tax advocacy at the AICPA, answers to some of the most common questions on how the new tax reform law will impact individual taxpayers.