About John Verver

John Verver is currently an advisor to ACL. Previously, John spent two decades as a vice president with ACL, with overall responsibility for product and services strategy, as well as leadership and growth of ACL’s professional services organization, including customer success services, training, and technical support. John is acknowledged as an expert authority and domain thought leader on the use of enterprise governance technology, particularly data analytics and data automation for audit, risk management, and compliance. He speaks regularly at global conferences and is a frequent contributor of articles in professional and business publications. John is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Consultant, and Certified Information System Auditor.

Why is internal audit not addressing the data analytics capability gap?

There seems to be an increasing gap between what internal auditors—and particularly Chief Audit Executives (CAEs)—say is the importance of data analytics to the future of audit and their capabilities to actually put analytics to work. Three major reports this year, from two of the Big Four and The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), raise some concerning issues.

By | August 17th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

The maturing world of GRC

In this post John Verver recaps highlights from ACL GRC LeaderCon in London, discussing the primary theme of how to manage risk and compliance function in a way to avoid "organizational drag."

By | July 29th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Too many or too few? How to find the right balance of financial controls

Financial & accounting executives are often the most data-savvy leaders within an organization. Their jobs are focused on making sure that their teams produce reliable financial reports and analyses to effectively support smart and informed executive decision-making. Together with leaders of other functional areas, they are responsible for internal controls to [...]

By | July 20th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

“Fight fire with fire”—a technology-driven response to fraud

In this posts, John Verver delves into KPMG's recent report, Global Profiles of the Fraudster, and why only a relatively small percentage of organizations are using technology to proactively fight fraud.

By | June 28th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Better ways to manage supply chain risks

In this post, John Verver dives into common risks that occur in the supply chain process and gives examples of how to use technology to better manage them.

By | June 17th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

A very useful resource for understanding the risks of employee fraud—and how to reduce them

In this post John Verver discusses the ACFE's Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud—noting that employee fraud is still a major problem.

By | June 8th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Leadership is still the missing ingredient

For the past decade, PwC’s annual State of the Internal Audit Profession study has proved to be a reliable barometer of the status of issues impacting auditors globally. In this post, John Verver comments on the theme of executive leadership in internal audit and the critical role of data analysis.

By | June 3rd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Data analysis: a very powerful business tool—but what are the risks?

How many auditors—or risk managers—consider the impact of risks that can arise from organizational use of data and analysis? In this post, John Verver discusses the IIA's Audit Executive Center's recently released 2016 North American Pulse of Internal Audit.

By | April 21st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

How will the Panama Papers change risk management?

What should auditors and risk managers be doing to determine whether there are risks to their organization from offshore financial structures, and, if so, whether they are being managed in an acceptable way?

By | April 11th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

4 practical stages in applying big data concepts to audit, risk and compliance

There are many issues to consider in ensuring big data does not become a risk that damages an organization. However, big data techniques themselves also represent a great opportunity to enhance and transform the core processes of audit, risk management, and compliance. In this post, John Verver goes over four practical stages in applying big data concepts to audit, risk and compliance.

By | March 30th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments