Internal Audit Checklist: 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 Checklist: 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 […]

Internal Audit Checklist: Sales, Invoicing and Credit Management (SICM) Cycle

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 […]

The Risk Stops Here: a Story About Little Risky

This contribution to the Internal Audit Blog comes to us from the late John Landreth. We lost John a few years ago, far too early. While John spent his career in internal audit, he spent his life giving back to his family and community. He was an ambassador for the profession and a friend to […]

The Board of Directors and Strong Corporate Governance

Why do financial melt-downs and corporate fraud continue to happen? The implementation of effective corporate governance calls for a positive “Tone at the Top” displayed by corporate leaders who behave ethically and ensure that the business is run according to published ethical guidelines. However, among the CFO’s responding to a 2012 Global Fraud Survey by […]

Audit Report with No Exceptions? Three reasons to follow up anyway

“If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which something can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.” That is Murphy’s Law, and unfortunately it applies to internal control environments everywhere. Even when the audit testing has found no exceptions and the financials have been signed, […]

Compensation = Risk

How may compensation structures contribute to risk in organizations? Executives design strategies to lead their corporations toward excellence. In order to be effective these strategies must be communicated, so individual goals and objectives are created to align responsibilities across the organization. These objectives often are tied to monetary rewards for success. Employees, for the most […]

The “Frankenstorm”
Hurricane Sandy – a Business Case Analysis

The “Frankenstorm” Hurricane Sandy is an example of how quickly a change in weather can become a business disaster. Employees are absent, production comes to a grinding halt, and essential components are stranded several hundred miles away. Companies that rebound quickly have implemented strategies to allow them to manage more effectively when well-oiled processes are […]