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Welcome to the AuditNet® Newsletter published monthly, featuring internal audit related content and resources. Return every month to read the latest Audit News That's Fit to Print. Subscribers have unlimited downloads to hundreds of audit templates, programs, risk control matrices, questionnaires, checklists and guides. 

Topic of the Month

The Future of Internal Audit: 5 Emerging Trends 
Dive into this article to learn five key shifts shaping the global role of internal auditors, from AI's impact to the pivotal role adopting the right technology plays in driving organizational success. It shares more on how internal auditors can position themselves as strategic advisors amidst transformative changes. Read the full article here.

Training and Webinars

Hot Topics in Risk and Compliance: Enhancing Internal Audit’s Impact with AI and Analytics | February 14, 2024, Virtual, 11:00 a.m. ET
With a rapidly-changing regulatory environment, a growing shortage of trained professionals, and other macro challenges, today’s internal audit, risk, and compliance professionals are faced with increasing demands to “do more with less”. So how can you keep up?

Join Grant Ostler, Industry Principal at Workiva, and Sue King, Partner at KPMG, for an engaging discussion on ways to tackle expanding expectations, drive transformation, and innovate with AI and analytics. They’ll share ways you can broaden your use of data analytics and apply AI to add more value, examine the risks AI introduces and strategies for mitigating these risks, and dive into practical examples of how audit departments are using AI.

Workiva offers one complimentary CPE credit for this webinar. Register today.

2024 IIA GAM Conference | March 11-13, 2024, Las Vegas, NV or Virtual
Ignite your journey into the future of internal audit by joining the premier gathering of innovators, leaders, and trailblazers at the IIA 2024 GAM: Great Audit Minds conference.

Engage with peers facing similar challenges and collaborate to solve current audit challenges while exploring new approaches and techniques for your audit practice. Don't miss this opportunity to embrace the future of internal audit in a three-day event featuring four general sessions, 55 concurrent sessions, and the chance to earn 17.4 CPE credits. REGISTER NOW FOR A 10% DISCOUNT: Workiva is a sponsor of this wonderful event, and we can’t wait to see you! Use discount code “GAM_10WRK” for 10% off: Register here. 

Workiva GRC Platform Demo: Automation, AI, & Beyond | February 27, 2024, Virtual, 11:00 a.m. ET
Join Workiva experts as they walk through a product demo of the platform. During this live demo, you’ll see how the Workiva platform enables you to boost productivity with built-in automation and gen AI, collaborate securely with internal teams and external audit, and keep stakeholders informed with real-time reports. Save your spot here.

Featured Articles

The New Global Internal Audit Standards™ from the IIA
Through a collaborative effort of the internal audit community, the new Global Internal Audit Standards™ from the IIA are here. Learn more and read about the new Standards here, which will become effective in January 2025. 

IIA AI Knowledge Center
The IIA’s new Artificial Intelligence Knowledge Center provides centralized access to articles, webinars, guidance, podcasts, an updated auditing framework, and much more to help you keep up with the latest in AI. Explore AI resources here.

Generative AI in Internal Audit: Practical Application for Audits with Example Prompts
Generative AI is reshaping audit and risk processes, presenting opportunities to boost efficiency. This article explores gen AI's potential for audit teams and shares ways internal auditors can create effective prompts by outlining best practices. Explore how internal audit teams can utilize gen AI for things like risk identification and report drafting. Read more here.

KPMG Exclusive Survey: Generative AI: From Buzz to Business Value
Recent findings from a KPMG U.S. survey reveal that 75% of business leaders rank gen AI as the top emerging technology that will impact their business over the next 12 to 18 months. Discover more insights on emerging trends in the use of gen AI, including how business leaders are embracing its full potential. Learn more here.

About Workiva

Workiva Inc. (NYSE:WK) is on a mission to power transparent reporting for a better world. We build and deliver the world’s leading cloud platform for assured integrated reporting to meet stakeholder demands for action, transparency, and disclosure of financial and non-financial data. Workiva offers the only unified SaaS platform that brings customers’ financial reporting, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), and Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) together in a controlled, secure, audit-ready environment. Our platform simplifies the most complex reporting and disclosure challenges by streamlining processes, connecting data and teams, and ensuring consistency. Learn more at workiva.com.

For over two decades, AuditNet has been the go-to resource for global auditors seeking out industry content, training, and news. In the spirit of AuditNet's mission to be at the forefront of online communities for auditors, we're excited to announce a refreshed AuditNet website is now live. The website has an updated look and feel, while maintaining all the industry-leading content and resources audit professionals are looking for. 

As you begin to navigate through the website, we invite you to visit a few pages-

If you are a Workiva customer seeking access to AuditNet's Premium Templates, please reach out to us here for more information. 

As we step into 2024, thought leaders have curated a wealth of insights, delving into current and emerging risks on a global scale and what internal auditors should keep a pulse on.

Global risks including cybersecurity, human capital, business continuity, and regulatory complexity take center stage, while regional variations illuminate unique challenges faced by different parts of the world. For example, cybersecurity and human capital dominate North America's priorities, geopolitical uncertainty and climate change are top of mind in Europe, and Latin America is focused on regulatory change and digital disruption.

Anticipating an escalation in risk levels over the next three years, especially in digital disruption and climate change, thought leaders echo a global consensus on evolving risk priorities. As audit teams look ahead, understanding and assessing key risks facing their organizations and helping leadership navigate the challenges that come along with these risks will be critical. Dive deeper into risk trends for the year ahead in this report.

 

Audit Template

The following audit templates are now available to subscribers. Come to the site to download a list of all the templates. NOW hundreds of free audit templates - the largest inventory of audit program templates on the Internet! 

This Month's Featured Templates

  1. ITRMF Managing IT Communication and Coordination Cope IT Plan
  2. ITRMF Managing IT Investment Portfolio Manage Fund Scheme and Efficiency
  3. ITRMF Managing IT Personnel Analyse and Assess Performance
  4. ITRMF Managing IT Personnel Identification of Critical Resources and Recruitment
  5. ITRMF Managing IT Personnel Planning and Asessment
  6. ITRMF Managing IT Related Agreements
  7. ITRMF Managing IT Related Agreements Terms and Services
  8. ITRMF Managing IT Supplies Evaluate the Supplier
  9. ITRMF Managing IT Supplies Relationship and Agreement
  10. ITRMF Managing IT Supplies Review and Identify

To view the most recent additions to the templates click on 'Audit Templates' in the navigation panel and then click on 'Added'. You may also search using the 'Search Audit Programs' box.

AuditNet® has always made available a downloadable (Excel csv) list of templates which included the name, subscription level and date added. We have updated the functionality so that the list now includes a description of the templates, number of times that templates were downloaded and a URL direct link to the template. You must be logged in to your subscription or access from a site licensee secure login link in order to download the template from the URL. We added this functionality as a benefit to subscribers and site license users to facilitate downloading. Non subscribers will be blocked from downloading content and be redirected to subscribe. To download the CSV file click on the Audit Templates link on the navigation column, then click on Download a listing of Audit Programs

Training and Webinars

ESG Regulation: What and How to Prepare in 2024 | January 18, 2023, Virtually
Explore the variety of ESG-related regulations coming into effect or on the horizon in 2024 (e.g., California Climate Disclosure Laws, CSRD, SEC) and learn from the advisory professionals supporting organizations in their preparation for compliance. Join us to learn how governance, strategy, risk management, and robust metrics help organizations comply with regulatory mandates, improve operational efficiency, identify new business opportunities, and take advantage of competitive differences. Register now.

2024 IIA GAM Conference | March 11-13, 2024, Las Vegas, NV or Virtually
Ignite your journey into the future of internal audit by joining the premier gathering of innovators, leaders, and trailblazers at the 2024 GAM: Great Audit Minds conference.

Engage with peers facing similar challenges and collaborate to solve current audit challenges while exploring new approaches and techniques for your audit practice. Don't miss this opportunity to embrace the future of internal audit in a three-day event featuring four general sessions, 55 concurrent sessions, and the chance to earn 17.4 CPE credits. REGISTER NOW FOR A 10% DISCOUNT: Workiva is a sponsor of this wonderful event, and we can’t wait to see you! Use GAM_10WRK for 10% off: Register here.

The Top 2024 Audit Plan Hot Spots | Virtually
Embark on a journey of foresight and strategic preparedness by joining Gartner’s free webinar. Delve into the insights derived from client discussions, audit planning documents, expert analyses, and comprehensive data sources that shape the landscape of emerging risks. This webinar is your key to unlocking the crucial trends that will dominate the focus of audit departments in the next six to 12 months.

Don't miss this opportunity to align your audit strategy with the most prominent risk trends facing boards, audit committees, and executives in 2024. Check out the on-demand webinar here.

 This Month's Featured Articles

How To Improve Your Cybersecurity Risk Management
Explore the evolving landscape of cybersecurity, where recent widespread attacks leveraging everyday devices underscore the dynamic nature of hacking. 

This blog delves into current trends and developments in cybersecurity, offering practical steps for companies to establish and enhance their cybersecurity initiatives. It also explores the critical aspect of effectively communicating the significance of a cybersecurity framework across the enterprise. Dive in to learn more about staying ahead in cybersecurity.

5 Steps to Effective Strategic Risk Management
Discover the often-overlooked realm of strategic risk management in enterprise risk management (ERM). Traditionally, ERM has focused on financial and operational risks, but strategic risks, those posing threats to an organization's future and survival, demand attention. This insightful article breaks down the essentials of risk management, emphasizing its importance in today's dynamic landscape. Uncover the significance of strategic risk, explore key steps for effective risk management strategies, and delve into the metrics used to measure and manage strategic risk. Read more here.

What is Corporate Sustainability in Business?
Embark on an exploration of corporate sustainability, responsibility, and ESG in this insightful guide. This emphasizes interconnectedness of the three pillars of sustainability—environmental, social, and governance. It illustrates the collective responsibility across departments including sustainability, financial reporting, audit, and risk, and delves into successful practices and pitfalls in corporate sustainability reporting.

This concise yet thorough guide not only imparts knowledge but also conducts a deep analysis, offering valuable insights into the intricate dynamics of corporate sustainability. Get the full details here.

Predictions for 2024: How Your Team Can Prepare for the Future
This year’s Workiva Amplify conference focused on four tracks: ESG, accounting & finance, legal, and governance, risk, and compliance. Download this infographic to get insights from other audit and risk leaders so you and your team can be prepared for what’s to come in 2024. Download now.

About Workiva

Workiva Inc. (NYSE:WK) is on a mission to power transparent reporting for a better world. We build and deliver the world’s leading cloud platform for assured integrated reporting to meet stakeholder demands for action, transparency, and disclosure of financial and non-financial data. Workiva offers the only unified SaaS platform that brings customers’ financial reporting, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), and Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) together in a controlled, secure, audit-ready environment. Our platform simplifies the most complex reporting and disclosure challenges by streamlining processes, connecting data and teams, and ensuring consistency. Learn more at workiva.com.

Topic of the Month

The Role of Internal Auditing in Enterprise-Wide Risk Management

Discover the vital role of strong corporate governance in managing risk with this comprehensive white paper. In today's landscape, organizations face mounting pressure to not only identify and understand the full spectrum of business risks, including social, ethical, environmental, financial, and operational, but also to demonstrate effective risk management strategies. This white paper delves into the expanding use of enterprise-wide risk management frameworks, highlighting their advantages over fragmented risk management approaches. It sheds light on how internal auditing, in both its assurance and consulting capacities, plays a pivotal role in managing risk within organizations.

Survey Opportunity: Generative Artificial Intelligence Usage

Over the past year, several generative artificial intelligence (gen AI) models were released. With the use of gen AI rapidly gaining popularity both personally and professionally, AuditNet invites you to participate in this brief survey to gain insight into how auditors and audit departments are leveraging gen AI in their processes. Take the survey.

 

Audit Template

The following audit templates are now available to subscribers. Come to the site to download a list of all the templates. NOW hundreds of free audit templates - the largest inventory of audit program templates on the Internet! 

This Month's Featured Templates

  1. COSO ERM 2017 Performance Implement Risk Response
  2. COSO ERM 2017 Review and Revision Accounting
  3. Credit Administration RCSA
  4. Data Flow Interface Process Flow for CORE BANKING
  5. Depreciation Process Flow
  6. E-Learning Evaluation Checklist
  7. Finance RCSA
  8. Financial Institutions Audit Program
  9. Financial Institutions RCSA
  10. General Ser Admin RCSA

To view the most recent additions to the templates click on 'Audit Templates' in the navigation panel and then click on 'Added'. You may also search using the 'Search Audit Programs' box.

AuditNet® has always made available a downloadable (Excel csv) list of templates which included the name, subscription level and date added. We have updated the functionality so that the list now includes a description of the templates, number of times that templates were downloaded and a URL direct link to the template. You must be logged in to your subscription or access from a site licensee secure login link in order to download the template from the URL. We added this functionality as a benefit to subscribers and site license users to facilitate downloading. Non subscribers will be blocked from downloading content and be redirected to subscribe. To download the CSV file click on the Audit Templates link on the navigation column, then click on Download a listing of Audit Programs

Training and Webinars

RIMS ERM Conference | November 2-3, Denver, CO
Join the RIMS ERM Conference, the premier event in the field of enterprise risk management, for an unparalleled opportunity to engage with industry experts, access practical presentations, and network with peers. This conference is your gateway to discovering innovative strategies that will elevate your risk management program. As the importance of risk management continues to rise, attending this event will provide you with invaluable insights and connections to propel both your organization and your career forward. Don't miss out on the chance to enhance your knowledge and professional network. Register now.

New Demands for Cybersecurity Disclosure and Controls | November 9, 2023, Virtually
The Securities and Exchange Commission recently enacted new rules for expanded disclosure of cybersecurity issues — disclosures that will challenge companies in numerous ways. This session will review what those rules require companies to do, and the implications for internal control and disclosure teams. Register here.

The Role of Enterprise Risk Management in Controlling Third-Party Risks | On-Demand Webinar
Join this complimentary webinar to gain insights into effectively managing third-party risks, a challenge faced by 66% of enterprise risk management (ERM) executives. The growing complexity of third-party relationships demands proactive risk management strategies. Discover proven best practices and real success stories showcasing how organizations have harnessed ERM to mitigate third-party risks. Register here to view the webinar on demand.

The Top Three Priorities for Enterprise Risk Management Leaders in 2024 | November 13, Virtually
This virtual webinar will help you to navigate the evolving landscape of risk management in a world filled with unprecedented and volatile market conditions. With 64% of boards planning to increase their risk appetite through 2024, it's crucial that organizations equip themselves with objective and consistent risk information to make informed decisions and strike the right balance between risk and opportunity. During this webinar, you'll discover three key priorities for heads of ERM to enhance risk-informed decision-making. Don't miss this opportunity to strengthen your risk management strategies and adapt to the dynamic environment. Register now.

Enterprise Risk Management: The Foundation for Better Organization-Wide Decision Making | Dates Available November 6-15, 2023, Virtually 
Are you ready to enhance your decision-making skills and transform your approach to risk management? In a world where leaders face an overwhelming number of decisions daily, it's crucial to navigate this landscape effectively and avoid decision fatigue and burnout. This course offers a unique perspective on enterprise risk management. Through engaging group activities and real-world scenarios, you'll gain practical insights and leverage leading frameworks like the COSO ERM Framework and ISO 31000:2019. These tools will empower you to understand and manage risk across your organization, ultimately leading to more informed and successful decision-making. Don't miss this opportunity to elevate your risk management skills. Register here.

 This Month's Featured Articles

Using Risk Prioritization To Increase the Value of Your ERM program
Maintaining an effective enterprise risk management (ERM) program requires more than just a risk assessment process. Many ERM programs face challenges due to competing interests and varying definitions of risk across departments. To overcome these issues, organizations must adopt a holistic understanding of risk. Furthermore, fostering a risk culture across the organization is crucial for ERM success. To learn five key tips for achieving this, read this article and learn how to best enhance the value and effectiveness of your ERM program.

Risk Mitigation Strategies to Increase the Value of ERM
This article delves into the importance of actively mitigating risks within an ERM program, highlighting that risk mitigation should not only involve identifying and reporting risks, but also proactively addressing them through a well-defined plan. To gain more insights into how organizations can transform their ERM programs, read this article.

Applying ERM to ESG
In a rapidly evolving risk landscape, businesses are facing increasing pressure from stakeholders and regulators to enhance accountability, transparency, and sustainability across their operations. This blog explores the significance of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) programs in organizations and the practical steps for implementing them. While the importance of adopting ESG principles is widely acknowledged, the implementation process remains unclear for many risk professionals. This blog demonstrates how enterprise risk management (ERM) can provide a systematic and holistic approach to managing ESG risks as part of the broader risk portfolio.

About Workiva

 Workiva Inc. (NYSE:WK) is on a mission to power transparent reporting for a better world. We build and deliver the world’s leading cloud platform for assured integrated reporting to meet stakeholder demands for action, transparency, and disclosure of financial and non-financial data. Workiva offers the only unified SaaS platform that brings customers’ financial reporting, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), and Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) together in a controlled, secure, audit-ready environment. Our platform simplifies the most complex reporting and disclosure challenges by streamlining processes, connecting data and teams, and ensuring consistency. Learn more at workiva.com.