Risk management and internal control

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

Unstructured data: How to implement an early warning system for hidden risks

Companies rarely use technology to effectively identify risks beyond those related to business and transaction processing in financial and operating system internal controls. This article provides techniques to expand the scope of an organization’s risk management processes—in a way that may help some identify hidden risks before they emerge as full-blown crises.

Align your controls with COSO’s principles

A mapping exercise is one of the most important activities for any organization implementing the updated 2013 internal control framework of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO), experts say. The updated framework includes 17 newly described principles across the five components of internal control that were

How to conduct a risk workshop

Humana is a company of 50,000 people, so assessing and addressing all the risks that each segment of the company encounters is no easy feat. For years, Humana, a multibillion-dollar player in managed health care and health insurance, had a top-down approach to risk. But a few years ago, the

Internal audit oversight

One of an audit committee’s most important responsibilities is to oversee the organization’s internal audit function. Here are 10 steps audit committees can take to facilitate proper oversight and direction of internal audit: Evaluate the current and projected scope of internal audit coverage of risk management and governance. Internal auditors

Put COSO update to work

Here is how organizations can implement the newly updated, principles-based internal control framework of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO), which was released May 14 (visit ic.coso.org). The original 1992 framework has been sharpened and refreshed to reflect the current business environment. Create a team and

8 steps to update internal control

Here is how organizations can implement the newly updated, principles-based internal control framework of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO), which was released May 14 (visit ic.coso.org). The original 1992 framework has been sharpened and refreshed to reflect the current business environment. Create a team and

How audit committees can meet risk management oversight challenges

Risk management oversight is one of the most challenging areas for audit committees across the globe, according to a new report issued Tuesday by the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ), the Federation of European Accountants (FEE), and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA). The report summarizes the results

Lessons on Managing Risk in Emerging Markets

In recent years, as economies in developed countries have slipped and stagnated, a number of U.S. and other companies have sought to fuel growth by investing in emerging markets. There are many benefits to employing such a strategy: By and large, developing countries promise access to new, untapped markets; rising

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