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Data-driven audit and risk management in action

Are you taking a risk-based approach to auditing? Is your data analysis work creating actionable results…or does it fall on deaf ears after it leaves your desk? For a start, the solution lies in connecting all that hard work you do analyzing data directly into your audit plan—an
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How one government organization is protecting tax dollars by using data analytics to improve their travel card program

When you hear the words “auditing” and “government,” do you also think of “cutting edge”? Well, Amtrak’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is a great example of a progressive public sector audit group who is just that. This forward-thinking National
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External Audit and Data Analytics: Lessons for Internal Audit Leaders and Risk Managers

External auditors were among the very first auditors to embrace data analysis as an important technology component of the audit process. I suspect I should not admit it, but I began to specialize in this area, within what was then one of the Big Ten, more than 30 years ago. During the
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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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Internal Auditor magazine features John Verver on “Mentoring That Matters” & names Dan Zitting among top 20 emerging internal audit leaders

Not only is John Verver interviewed for a story on mentorship in this month’s Internal Auditor magazine, but Dan Zitting is also featured as part of the cover story on 20 emerging leaders in the internal audit profession! First, here’s John on mentoring in an article on best practices
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Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Chooses ACL GRC for Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance, Internal Audit, and Enterprise Risk Management

VANCOUVER, BC, February 12, 2014 – ACL today announced that it continues to expand its global customer base by providing Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE and TSX: RBA), the world’s largest industrial auctioneer, with its full ACL™ GRC solution to manage enterprise risk and regula
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Advanced Disposal Selects ACL™ GRC to Strengthen SOX Compliance and Enhance Global Risk Management Capabilities

VANCOUVER, September 4, 2013 – ACL today announced that Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services company, has chosen ACL™ GRC to meet its expanded internal audit team’s risk management, governance, and global Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance needs. Advanced Disposa
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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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Help your Internal Audit Department Safeguard your Organization: Increase use of Data Analytics

According to a new survey conducted by Deloitte UK, 47% of respondents said that the increased use of data analytics would most help IA providing assurance over the risk of fraud.  Who am I to argue about that!  You can find the survey report here. It’s a good read. This is a very int
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Improve your audit execution: an ACL customer spotlight

A little while back I had the opportunity to talk with Todd Hoffine, who is a Partner at AcquantUS, LLC, and Former Director, Corporate Audit Department, Global Operations at The Coca-Cola Company. Todd has some amazing audit credentials, having worked in world-class External and Inte
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