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March 2019 Issue - Culture and Internal Audit
Tone at the top refers to the principles and leadership style, commitment to values such as openness, integrity, honesty, fairness, and ethical behavior in the organisation, and the enforcement of these principles by the board of directors and management. It also refers to the ethical atmosphere that is created, and sustained, by an organisation’s leaders. All of these attributes are often referred to as the corporate culture.
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March 2019 - Culture and Internal Audit
We started our research on this month's topic by Googling (yes that is a verb) 'Culture and Internal Audit'. You can easily do the same substituting terms relating to the topic to other specific issues to further customize the results. Over the past 20 years we have developed an expertise in finding relevant information for auditors. These links are provided to add to your knowledge bases on the theme of this month's newsletter. Here is our query with the links to hundreds or resources to help design your audit plan.
- Auditing Corporate Culture: A New Imperative
- How Internal Audit Can Improve the Organization's Tone and Culture
- Care and feeding of the company's culture: Internal audit's role in organizational health
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- Active Directory Audit
- Consumer Finance Product Program
- Fraud Scheme - Miscoding Fraudulent Checks
- Fraud Scheme - Theft of Returned checks
- Fraud Scheme - Financial Statement Fraud-Subsequent event
- Fraud Scheme - Converting Stolen Checks
- Identity Management Audit Program
- Internal Quality Assessment
- Know Your Vendor Audit Program
- Human Resources Compliance Checklist
- Consumer Finance Product Program- Housing Finance
- Consumer Finance Product Program- Credit Cards
- Data Protection Self Assessment Workbook
- Ethics Audit Questionnaire
- Fraud Risk Management
- Fraud Scheme - Altering Cancelled Checks
- Fraud Scheme The Fraudster Reconciling the Bank Statement
- Fraud Scheme Re-Routing The Delivery of Checks
- Health IT Security Risk Assessment Questionnaire
- Information Security Management Audit Program
This Month's Featured Articles
Internal Audit’s Role in Building a Culture of Accountability - Holding people and organizations to account has historically been a case of pinning blame on them for failures they either caused directly or should have been aware of. As a result, organizations should not be surprised if employees are reluctant to embrace a culture of accountability. But Paul Russell, director and co-founder of soft skills training firm, says that the key to encouraging employees to be more accountable is to teach them that the term is not synonymous with blame. Read the rest of the story!
This CEO—we’ll call him Jack—was a complete jerk. He told crass jokes around the office. He bragged about his old college sexual conquests. And he bullied people by swearing at them and demeaning them. Jack fostered a corporate culture bulging with masculine bravado and a dog-eat-dog mentality. He was in charge and he wanted everyone to know it, even if no one really respected him. Read the rest of the story here!
Focus on Culture: How Culture Assessments Can Support the Audit Committee’s Agenda - In this article, Protiviti Executive Vice President Susan Haseley offers some suggestions on how organizations might include a culture assessment in their plans for the year. Read the rest of the story!
Best Practices for Internal Auditors
More than ever, the Internal Audit (IA) Department is becoming one of the key pillars of any modern organization. Their roles have evolved beyond the regulatory compliance responsibilities, diving deeper into the financial facets of an organization to provide insights in support of a high-quality audit.
With new expectations from stakeholders and business leaders, the finance function is getting a major lift to support organizational value creation. And internal auditing is expected to focus more on assessing future risks than telling companies what they did wrong in the past.
2019 Webinar Schedule
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Register for Webinars Offered by AuditNet®. Our 2019 Webinar program features high quality presenters on technology and skills topics. Who says you have to make a drive and give up a day in the office to receive quality training on audit hot-topics? Our courses will hit topics hard and bring you up to speed as you begin your 2019 training. Check out our Webinar offerings with CPE for subscribers and site license users! Can't make the live sessions? Connect with our partner site cRisk Academy to discounted subscriptions for on demand courses with CPE (fee based). Seating for the AuditNet® 2019 Webinars is limited. Registration and attendance will be available for subscribers and site license users without charge subject to the seating capacity of 1,000 attendees. Non-subscribers and non-site license users who would like to attend and receive CPE must pay a fee.
We continue adding events to our Webinar schedule for 2019 and the registration information will be posted in the Events listing on the home page ASAP. Watch for updates on the dates and registration links! Following are the current Webinars available for registration:
Ethics and Internal Audit March 5 (12 PM) 2 CPE (Register Now)
Robotic Powered Auditing (“RPA”) June 5 12:00 pm EST (1.5 CPE) – The use of robotic process automation (RPA is the rave but where can you best apply resources to maximize this powerful audit assistance. Register Now!
The Future of Auditing and Fraud Detection November 6 12:00 pm EST (1.5 CPE) – Re-imagining the art and science of auditing and fraud detection is coming to the forefront of risk management functions. What was seen as a “nice to have” a few years ago has become a “must have” as digital transformation and data surrounds all aspects of the organization. Register Now!
Ethics and Internal Audit December 3 (12 PM) 2 CPE (Register Now)
Data Analytics for Internal Auditors - 6 webinar series
Since the spread of IT systems has made it a pre-requisite that auditors as well as management have the ability to examine high volumes of data and transaction in order to determine patterns and trends. In addition, the increasing need to continuously monitor and audit IT systems has created an imperative for the effective use of appropriate data mining tools.
While a variety of powerful tools are readily available today, the skills required to utilize such tools are not. Not only must the correct testing techniques be selected but the effective interpretation of outcomes presented by the software is essential in the drawing of appropriate conclusions based on the data analysis. This 6 webinar series, based on Richard Cascarino’s book “Data Analytics for Internal Auditors” covers these skills and techniques.
Don't miss this series! Register for the Webinars now by going to the Events page! The fee is waived for Subscribers (excluding no charge or trial) and site license users. All others pay only $50 for each Webinar or $275 for the series of 6 Webinars.
- March 12 - Data Analytics for Internal Auditors - Understanding Sampling Register Now $50 (fee waived for subscribers/site license users).
- March 21 - Data Analytics for Internal Auditors - Analytics in the Audit Register Now $50 (fee waived for subscribers/site license users).
- March 26 - Data Analytics for Internal Auditors - Analytic Techniques Register Now $50 (fee waived for subscribers/site license users).
- April 2 - Data Analytics for Internal Auditors - Analysis and Monitoring Register Now $50 (fee waived for subscribers/site license users).
- April 16 - Data Analytics for Internal Auditors - Data Analytics Software Register Now $50 (fee waived for subscribers/site license users).
- April 23 - Data Analytics for Internal Auditors - Using the Analysis Register Now $50 (fee waived for subscribers/site license users).
IDEA utilization update – 5 webinar series (TBA)
Cybersecurity Update – 4 webinar series (TBA)
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - 10 webinar series (TBA)
Certificate in Internal Audit Leadership preparation course- 10 webinar series (TBA)
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What are your top priorities for audit for 2019 The AuditNet® 2019 editorial calendar is now available and you can see the areas that may be on the top of your audit planning for next year. We are working on coordinating the themes with articles and our Webinar offerings. If you have a 2019 audit plan please share it with me (jkaplan at auditnet.org). Those who share will receive a trial subscription to AuditNet®.
Tech Risks Crowd Audit Plan ‘Hot Spots’ By Joseph McCafferty? As internal audit teams work on their audit plan for 2019, a new report sheds light on where some of the trouble spots are likely to occur for companies, and where internal audit may want to consider focusing its scrutiny and assurance efforts.
Technology research firm Gartner recently issued its annual look at “Audit Plan Hot Spots: Risk Areas to Watch.” While the list has a decidedly tech focus, the reasoning behind including each of the risk areas provides some good insight for internal auditors as they continue their risk assessments and look to benchmark audit plan coverage. And, of course, tech risks feature prominently on any company’s risk register these days. Here is the rest of the story...
Agile Risk Assessment: Reinventing RCSAs - Summary: A risk and control self-assessment (RCSA) can be a practical tool for providing timely and accurate risk identification and assessment. This article identifies several practical changes that can be implemented with minimal cost and disruption to make an RCSA program more effective. Read the article now!
Did you miss the AuditNet® Cybersecurity Webinar Series? Richard Cascarino conducted 10 Webinars this year on Cybersecurity for AuditNet®. If you weren't able to attend we now offer the complete series of recordings and slides on a flash drive. Here is the information on this series of recorded webinars and the pricing.
AuditNet® welcomes Internal Audit 360°, a new content provider with value-added articles for our visitors. AuditNet® continues adding resources and tools for GDPR compliance and audit. We use a third party to develop GDPR templates and they will uploaded for subscribers and site license users over the next couple of months. There will be new control matrices, control self assessment templates and more added over the next year. AuditNet® continues to be the most comprehensive online portal for the global audit community. Watch for new templates available to subscribers and site license users (ACL, IDEA, TeamMate, KnowledgeLeader, AHIA, and SAP), Webinar fees are waived for subscribers and site license users. Check the AuditNet® Library for the GDPR resource page.
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AuditNet® continues it's commitment to providing resources for the global audit community!
- The Future of Auditing and Fraud Detection
- Cybersecurity Series (9 of 10) - Vulnerability Assessment
- Cybersecurity Series (10 of 10) - Advanced Persistent Threats and Targeted Cyber Attacks
- Super-Data-Charging Your Corruption Reviews With Integrated Analytics
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- Cybersecurity Series (3 of 10) - Malware Defense
- Cybersecurity Series (4 of 10) - Boundary Defense Mechanisms
- Cybersecurity Series (5 of 10) - Controlling Ports and Network Devices
- Cybersecurity Series ( 6 of 10) -Application Security
- Cybersecurity Series (7 of 10) - SEIM Log Analysis
- Audit Analytics and the Agile Auditor: Starting an Analytics Project
- Cybersecurity Series (8 of 10) -Administrative Control Breaches
- Establishing Effective Communication Skills for Auditors
- How to Data Mine Your Print Reports
- Ethics and the Internal Auditor
- When Data Visualizations Just Don’t Work: The Rise of the Auto-Extractors
Ethics and Internal Audit
AuditNet® Adds New Key Word Files and Webinar Recording Options (Downloadable or on a Flash Drive) Did you miss our Minutes to Analytics Data Analytics Webinars? Not to worry - we have loaded the 2016 Minutes to Analytics Webinars on a flash drive including the recordings, data files, slides, and an app so you can watch the training at your convenience. The flash drive with all the recordings and files are available for $199. You can use these on your laptop when you are on the road, your desktop in your home or office or use them for training your staff. Check out the Webinars on the drive with a link to pay at this article. Unfortunately we cannot offer CPE for viewing these Webinars however at $199 is a great deal and of course the knowledge is "priceless"!
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- Minutes to Analytics
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- IDEA Audit Software (12 recordings)
- IT Fraud (2017 Series 8 recordings
- Internal Audit Basics 8 Recording)
- Auditing with Excel (coming soon)
- Auditing with ACL (in the queue)
- Cybersecurity for Auditors (in the queue)
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AuditSoftwareVideos is now AuditSoftwareVideos powered by AuditNet® We add new content and partner with cRisk Academy offering our Webinars on demand with CPE Each month we feature a current recording for all to view.
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AuditNet® has joined forces with Richard Cascarino and Associates to bring you a structured learning curriculum for IT audit. The recorded courses are designed to build on skills developed from prior knowledge or training. Auditors can choose between the complete series or pick and choose specific recordings depending on both needs as well as budgetary financial constraints.The study program consists of 5 modules Basic and 5 modules Advanced spanning a broad range of topics and issues in the IT Auditing. The emphasis is therefore on practical aspects of internal auditing.The course content is based upon ISACA Framework which has been accepted world-wide as the basis of skills and competencies required for all IT Auditors. (Please note these recordings are presented by a partner of AuditNet® with no CPE provided. Any questions or details of the recordings should be directed to Richard Cascarino. IT Audit Recorded Training (no CPE) 10 2 hour Webinars Click here for more info.IDEA Recorded Training (no CPE) - a series of twelve 2-hour recorded webinars designed to build on skills developed from prior knowledge or training. Auditors can choose between the complete series or pick and choose specific recordings depending on both needs as well as budgetary financial constraints.
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Essentials for Conducting FCPA Audits
BYOD Risk, Control and Audit
Using Keyword Analytics on Unstructured Data Data Files including over 3,000 keywords available for $79
Using Microsoft Excel in Your Next Internal and External Audit
Leveraging Excel-Based Analytics in Your Audit and S-Ox Testing of Procurement to Accounts Payable - A Case Study Approach
How to Request, Import and Normalize Data for a Variety Accounting Packages
AuditNet® Video Channel and YouTube
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AuditNet® conducts periodic user surveys based on relevant or hot topics as well as areas suggested by our users. Surveys completed.
Planned Surveys for 2019
- Audit's Role in Cybersecurity
- Media Risk Audit and Control
- Keyword Analytics Tools and Techniques Update
- Audit Software Tools and Techniques Survey Update
- Champion/Power User Impact on Leveraging Audit Technology Survey
- Software Tools and Techniques for Managing Audits (TBA)
- Detecting Fraud Using Technology (TBA)
- 2018 AuditNet® Internal Audit and Disruptive Technology Survey
- 2017 CPE Survey
- 2017 Audit Technology Capabilities and Needs Assessment (Sponsored Survey)
- 2017 AuditNet® Internet of Things (IoT) Risk, Control and Audit Survey
- 2017 AuditNet® State of Technology Use by Auditors
- 2016 Audit Technology Capabilities and Needs Assessment (Sponsored Survey)
- 2016 Audit Technology Training Effectiveness
- 2015 Data Analytics Audit Software Survey link to the survey responses.
- 2015 State of Technology Use by Auditors Click here for the survey results.
- 2015 Who's Training Your Auditors? AuditNet® Survey of the Impact of Technology Learning Transfer Click here for the results.
- 2014 Survey on How Professionals Find, Track and Maintain CPE Requirement.Read the report or the news item or