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Addressing a common challenge for management and for internal audit

A recent article in Computer Business Review referred to a study that surveyed some thousands of CFOs, CIOs and other business executives and professionals about their biggest management information challenge. The number one challenge was identified as the ability to carry out self-se
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Upcoming Webinar: Audit Value and Relevance

What are your 2015 goals for your internal audit group? Are building value, executive alignment, and internal relevance on your list? Join us for our upcoming webinar on this topic, featuring inspiring stories from ACL customers. Connecting the Dots: Building Internal Audit Value Join
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2015 trends, innovations and predictions for audit, risk and compliance

“It is a pretty safe bet to predict that auditors are going to use technology more effectively and extensively – and at the same time take the opportunity to rethink audit processes overall.” My last blog post identified what I thought were some of the more significant top
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So that was 2014: 5 notable trends in audit, risk and compliance in the past year

“…auditors should be taking a lead from those CAEs who are driving their teams to look at risks in areas that really impact the ability of the business to meet its overall objectives.” The world of audit, risk management and compliance is not exactly renowned for bei
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Knock their SOX off! SOX Self-Assessments, 302 Certifications, and more…

Verifying that the Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting (ICFR) are effective can be a daunting task. Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) Compliance can be a heavy burden that falls on the shoulders of many stakeholders, departments, processes, and systems. In an effort to ease that burden, eff
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Connecting the Dots: How to Build Internal Audit Value

Building value, executive alignment, and relevance, requires “connecting the dots” Internal audit leaders know they need to be more relevant, more valuable, and have a better seat at the table. But, how? Internal audit is facing a tremendous opportunity to enhance its valu
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Australia Post’s internal audit team making big business impact

“The team has embedded analytics into the audit processes, delivering more effective control assurance and quantification of commercial insights.” Congratulations to the Internal Audit team at Australia Post, winners of the ACL Impact Award for Business Impact this year! T
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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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