Internal Audit Considerations: Client Acquisition

In general, the objective of an internal audit is to assess the risk of material misstatement in financial reporting. Material misstatements can arise from inadequacies in internal controls and from inaccurate management assertions. As such, testing the validity of various implicit managerial assertions is a key objective of an internal auditor. While this applies to […]

Internal Audit Considerations: Sales Planning and Target Setting

In general, the objective of an internal audit is to assess the risk of material misstatement in financial reporting. Material misstatements can arise from inadequacies in internal controls and from inaccurate management assertions. As such, testing the validity of various implicit managerial assertions is a key objective of an internal auditor. While this applies to […]

Auditing the Sales, Invoicing and Credit Management (SICM) Cycle – Some things to consider

In general, the objective of an internal audit is to assess the risk of material misstatement in financial reporting. Material misstatements can arise from inadequacies in internal controls and from inaccurate management assertions. As such, testing the validity of various implicit managerial assertions is a key objective of an internal auditor. While this applies to […]

Conducting a Comprehensive Intellectual Property Audit

In our previous posts, we outlined the differences between the three main types of audits (royalty audit, profit participation audit, and contract audit), examined their uses and benefits, and looked at the consequences of not performing sufficient audits. Now it’s time to discuss the elements of an expert Intellectual Property audit. First, you’ll want to […]

The Risks of Not Performing an Intellectual Property Audit

In our last post, we outlined the differences between the three main types of audits (royalty, profit participation, and contract) and examined their uses and benefits. Now we turn to the consequences of not performing sufficient audits. Essentially, audits uncover any inefficient or outdated business processes so they can be adjusted to boost revenue associated […]

Are You Leaving Intellectual Property Dollars on the Table?

Manufacturers work hard to track every piece of finished product; service companies are meticulous about knowing their human capital. But many companies with tight inventories in other areas fail to carefully manage their intellectual property—and that can be a costly error. There are two potential problems with a leaky intellectual property (“IP”) program. First, you […]

The COSO Internal Control Framework 2013: What are you Waiting For?

Written by Sargon Youmara, Partner, Vonya Global If more companies knew how easy the migration from the 1992 to 2013 framework can be, fewer would drag their heels. A startling fact: a good many companies that have not migrated to the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) 2013 Internal Control Framework were […]

Social Networking Carries Real Compliance Risks

Written by Steven Randall and Veronika Fritz, Partners, Vonya Global Between all the bathing suit selfies and Worldwide Wrestling fan pages, social media seems, well, silly and inconsequential. It becomes less silly when the FDIC or FTC come knocking because they caught you sneaking an ad into your blog post, or an advisor made a […]

Baseline Testing: Benchmarking of Automated Controls

Written by Sargon Youmara, Partner, Vonya Global Baseline testing is a term used in accounting and audit to describe the testing of an automated application control. Once an automated application control has been tested and it is determined by an auditor to be effective, the auditor may conclude that the control remains effective over subsequent […]

New Norms For Reporting Fraud To The SEC

Written by Steven Randall, Partner, Vonya Global Prior to 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had permitted companies in fraud cases to settle without admitting to any wrongdoing; this meant that even in serious cases of accounting fraud, companies could simply walk away without admitting their malfeasance despite the loss of millions on the […]