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 […]

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 […]

Handling Misconduct at the Management Level the Right Way

Written by Sargon Youmara, Partner, Vonya Global Recently, the SEC awarded a whistleblower with more than $300,000. Though the employee first reported misconduct internally, the company failed to act and suffered greater consequences for inaction. This was the first such award given to a whistleblower working in compliance, and acts as a signal to the […]

Creating a Speak Up Culture

Written by Sargon Youmara, Partner, Vonya Global Research and case studies have proven that a majority of employees do not speak up when they see fraud or misconduct in the workplace. This is true across a spectrum of businesses, even when employees have great IT security, sound internal audit procedures, and other corporate resources to […]

NASDAQ Internal Audit Requirement

Written by Sargon Youmara, Partner, Vonya Global The NASDAQ is making some changes. Are you ready? The NASDAQ has proposed a rule change similar to a rule implemented by the NYSE soon after the enactment of Sarbanes Oxley. The rule requires all companies listed on the NASDAQ as of June 30, 2013 to establish an […]

Changes Are Coming… COSO Internal Control-Integrated Framework

Written by Sargon Youmara, Partner, Vonya Global Introduction – COSO Internal Control-Integrated Framework In 1992, the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission’s (“COSO’s”) Internal Control-Integrated Framework (Framework) introduced a comprehensive internal control framework currently being used by most organizations within the United States and around the world. However, since 1992, many changes have […]

Internal Audit Risk Assessment Explained

Written by Sargon Youmara, Partner, Vonya Global Risk assessment is a recurring, systematic process for identifying and evaluating events (i.e., possible risks and opportunities) that could affect the achievement of strategic objectives, positively or negatively.  An Internal Audit risk assessment is an evaluation of risks related to the value drivers of the organization, covering strategic, […]

Board Director and Audit Committee Member Independence

Written by Sargon Youmara, Partner, Vonya Global Audit Committee Member independence as it relates to SOX section 301 definitions and SEC Rule10A-3 (specifically the definitions of “affiliate” and “affiliated person”) proves to be an area clouded by many shades of gray. In short, a clear and explicit definition of an “affiliated person” or “affiliate” is […]