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What Makes a Great Internal Audit Leader?

The honorees of this year’s IIA Emerging Leaders know a thing or two about what makes a great internal audit leader. Here is some advice from ACL’s Dan Zitting and two other honorees who are making a difference in their organizations and helping shape the future of the int
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Audit and risk management software: Why are some teams lagging behind board and management expectations?

Three leading organizations in the internal audit and risk management world recently released reports on current hot topics.  The Institute of Internal auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Protiviti each performed surveys of Chief Audit Executives, senior business management and board
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Analogies, Metaphors and Imagery

Over the years I have heard of many different analogies or imagery to describe ACL and audit analytic use and what distinguishes it from generic analytic technologies. “It lets you find the needle in a haystack”, for example, is a longstanding saying. One that has also bee
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Where do Internal Auditors Come From?

The answer to this question – at least in part – is The University of Texas at Dallas. The UT Dallas internal audit program – which is part of the Jindal School of Management – has been endorsed by the Institute of Internal Auditors as a Center for Internal Aud
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Spreadsheets: An inappropriate tool for audit and assurance professionals

According to Forbes, Microsoft’s Excel Might Be The Most Dangerous Software On The Planet. At last!  I no longer feel so all alone. Truth be told, I’m not alone and lots of others have been saying the same thing about spreadsheets for years – I say spreadsheets because I d
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The Year of the Snake Brings Effective Risk Management and Control

According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, it’s now the Year of the Snake. There’s lots of prognosticating going on about this coming year – will it be a good one or will it have some bite!  One thing that drives me a bit “snakey” relates to work-related silos and a lack of collaboratio
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Technology as a Capacity Multiplier

One of the things I like the most about the audit profession is its never-ending desire to share audit approaches, techniques, tips and knowledge.  Organizations like ISACA, ACUA, AHIA, ALGA and The IIA are excellent examples of what I’m talking about.  There is such a strong willingn
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Continuous auditing and continuous risk assessment: the need for dynamic thinking

Richard Chambers, President and CEO of the Institute of Internal Auditors recently blogged “There is no question that technology is making continuous auditing a powerful tool for both internal auditors and managers, alike. However, despite the growing popularity of continuous auditing
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ACL Reiterates TeamMate Replacement Offer at IIA GRC Conference

Audit Management My Way eliminates the risks associated with taking advantage of new technology PALM BEACH, FL, August 21, 2012 - ACL Services Ltd. today announced the expansion of Audit Management My Way at The Institute of Internal Auditors’ 2012 Governance, Risk and Control Confere
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Excerpt from “Internal Auditor” August Issue: The Human Side of Analytics

An excerpt from the current issue of Internal Auditor by ACL’s John Verver. “Surveys of the internal audit profession repeatedly have ranked increased use of technology — specifically that for audit analytics, continuous auditing, continuous monitoring, and fraud detection
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