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 […]

Guidelines for Auditing Ethics and Compliance Programs

Written by Steven Randall, Partner, Vonya Global Auditing ethics and compliance programs ensures that an organization “walks the walk.” This is the way any business can safeguard itself against fraud by seeing that the practices that exist in its daily operations match up with the procedures it espouses in its policies and code of conduct. […]

Protecting Customer Data: Five Things You Can Change Now

Written by Steven Randall, Partner, Vonya Global There have been several recent examples of the damage that poor data protection can cause even very powerful companies: just ask Sony, Home Depot, or Target. Trouble protecting consumer data can cost a company more than bad publicity. Lawsuits, fines, and permanent loss of business are all likely consequences […]

Risks and Rewards of a Bring Your Own Device Policy

Written by Steven Randall, Partner, Vonya Global Today most people can’t imagine getting through the day without their mobile devices, and many employees expect to be able to use their personal electronics at work. In fact, even if your employees really aren’t supposed to use their own devices for work purposes, chances are good that […]

The Risks of Conducting Business Internationally

Conducting business internationally carries many risks that domestic business does not. International business involves exposure to local economic conditions, fraud, and bribery. Business can be interrupted by political problems such as insurrections, problematic diplomatic relations, hostility from locals, and volatile foreign governments. Unstable currency exchange rates and exchange restrictions can also complicate international dealings. Finally, […]

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 […]

Fraud Prevention for Venture Capital and Private Equity

Written by Steven Randall, Partner, Vonya Global It happens all the time, human capital / resource constraints at start-ups and small to medium sized companies limit the ability to have a robust accounting and finance staff. In most cases one person is typically responsible for many tasks. When these tasks overlap, like: reviewing and paying […]

Using Audit to Reduce Costs of Major Construction Projects

Written by Steven Randall, Partner, Vonya Global Organizations involved in major capital projects are missing out on significant opportunities to reduce costs. This is not to say that construction managers are fiscally irresponsible, conversely they are very reluctant to spend money where it is not absolutely necessary. So much so that in an effort to […]

Exhaustive Management Review Control (“MRC”) Testing

Written by Veronika Fritz, Partner, Vonya Global Audit Overkill, CorpGov Necessity, or Value Add? As we have discussed in previous articles, the PCAOB has come down hard on the public accounting firms for the adequacy of internal control testing when conducting the annual financial statement audit at their clients. The result in the current financial […]