Digitalization – Changing the Way Internal Audit Works

Technologies offer enormous potential to change and improve working methods. The topic of automating tasks and processes, for example, is also playing an increasingly important role in auditing. Among other things, the use of Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Predictive Analysis (PA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in internal auditing is being discussed. A new study by […]

Webcast – Private Equity’s ESG journey

Companies around the world are adapting environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and shifting them to the center of strategic concerns. They recognize ESG as a driver of value creation and urgently develop a proactive ESG mindset. PwC’s most recent Global Responsible Investment Survey shows that mutual funds are on this path and, with decades […]

The new Three Lines Model

Companies face the challenge of positioning and aligning various governance functions. In this context, redundancies should be avoided and coordinated management should take place. In an article by Prof. Dr. Marc Eulerich, Joel Behrend and Benjamin Fligge titled „The New Three Lines Model: Positioning Risk Management“, the Three Lines Model is discussed as well as […]

CEO Outlook 2021 – Plugged-in, people-first, purpose-led

While much uncertainty was the only certainty in the CEO Outlook 2020 due to the COVID 19 crisis, optimism is now back in the boardroom one year later. According to KPMG’s „CEO Outlook 2021 – Plugged-in, people-first, purpose-led“, CEOs are confident about the growth prospects of their company and the general global economy. In particular, […]

Webinar – Remote auditing experience from internal auditors

Auditing evolves like technology. Audits can now be carried out remotely using information communication technology. Due to travel restrictions and the obligation to work from home in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, remote auditing was no longer an option, but a necessity. Attend this ECIIA webinar on remote auditing, where experts will talk about: […]

Facets of Procurement Fraud

A new article from „Internal Auditor“ addresses the various facets of procurement fraud. Internal auditors who are aware of these signs can help identify vulnerabilities. Procurement is a significant function of business, and internal auditors are responsible for immediately identifying and reporting fraud and ultimately making recommendations to strengthen internal controls. To do this, auditors […]

Risk in Focus 2022 – Hot topics for internal auditors

The world has changed. Internal audit must change too. Organisations and their internal audit functions face a dizzying pace of change and unprecedented uncertainty. The pandemic has destabilised operations and labour, disrupted supply and demand, and undermined previously sound business models to an extent few would have thought possible. Internal audit must understand this change […]

Coso Framework to help implement and scale Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) changes business strategies, solutions and processes. Not to be neglected at this point are the risks that can come with AI. To create integrated governance for AI, manage risks, and improve performance, applying enterprise risk management (ERM) principles can be purposeful. The COSO ERM Framework provides an overarching and comprehensive framework that […]

Visibility leads to Promotability

It’s not hard work that determines your promotion. It’s making your hard work and yourself visible that determines your promotion. Visibility means connecting the dots from the work you do with the advertisement you are looking for, which means that you are working on getting your hard work and yourself visible to get noticed, recognized […]

Organizational cyber maturity

A major issue for companies worldwide is cybersecurity. In a new study, McKinsey assesses the cybersecurity maturity of more than 100 companies and institutions from various industries. It shows that some companies in banking and healthcare are quite advanced, but most companies still have a high need to protect their data from threats and attacks. The […]

Getting to the bottom of it

Why is root cause analysis so important? When you go to a doctor, do you want him to tell you what is wrong with you so that you can begin treating the disease? Or are you satisfied that the doctor only treats the symptoms and does not diagnose the actual disease? Of course not. Well, […]

Use of Robotic Process Automation for audit tasks

Increasingly popular in accounting are bots for automating tasks and processes using robotic process automation (RPA). Bots can also be used by auditors to automate repetitive tasks. However, they often don’t know which tasks to automate. The new study, „A Framework for Using Robotic Process Automation for Audit Tasks,“ by Marc Eulerich, Justin Pawlowski, Nathan […]

Remote Auditing

The corona pandemic turned the standard model of office work on its head. Companies were put into crisis management mode and employees were increasingly working from home. The rapid outbreak of the pandemic accelerated the trend towards teleworking in internal auditing as well. This is the subject of the latest report of the IIA’s Global […]

Deloitte Cyber Security Report 2021

Cyber security is a key issue in the age of digitalization. For this reason, Deloitte conducted a trend study together with the Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion Research. The aim of the Deloitte Cyber Security Report 2021 is to survey players from politics and business and to compare their positions. One result is, for example, […]

Legal on Air

Deloitte interviews in her Legal Podcast Series experts on legal innovations and current topics in the field of German and international business law. In the different episodes the economic relations between Germany and the countries Japan, China, Israel and the Netherlands are discussed. You can listen to the podcast here. Please note: The introduction texts […]

Role of Internal Audit in Business Resilience

The COVID 19 pandemic also confronted internal auditors with major challenges. For example, auditors had to completely abandon or quickly revise well-thought-out plans and familiar checklists and procedures. To ensure the effectiveness of their organization’s risk management, governance, and internal control processes, internal auditors had to reorient themselves. The importance of agility and flexibility increased. […]

Upskilling Today for the Profession of Tomorrow

As various technologies converge and mature over the next few years, internal auditors must ask themselves how disruptive innovations can transform their organizations, stakeholder expectations, and the profession itself. If the work of internal auditing is to really enrich and protect, the function must be ready to adapt to new risks and the new requirements […]

Board Oversight of Disruptive Risks

Boards often focus on known risks that management has already identified. In this context, in an online survey of directors by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), nearly half of respondents said this tendency is a major impediment to the board’s ability to oversee disruptive risks. Disruptive risks include „risks that, whether internally- or […]

Avoiding the blind spot

During the COVID-period, financial resilience and stability are paramount for businesses. Because of the pandemic, many companies have faced difficult decisions about cost savings through budget cuts and layoffs. There were also a number of challenges that internal audit teams faced, such as competing priorities and lack of resources. A report by the Chartered Institute […]

Continuous Auditing

The high speed of economic change, digitalization and automation have an impact on the internal audit function. The internal audit function must plan ahead and at the same time react promptly. There is a shift from static, timeframe-based risk assessment and audit planning to a direct situationally reactive analysis of risks. Continuous auditing plays a […]

Chief Compliance Officers wearing multiple hats

Looking at any list of large company’s chief compliance officers, several can be found who also hold the titles of chief audit executive, head of risk management, and other roles. Is it possible to combine the roles of Chief Audit Executive and Head of Corporate Compliance or other jobs without sacrificing the independence that is […]

Cyber Risk & Internal Audit

An essential topic for companies is cyber security. In this context, companies must take into account that cyber risks are constantly evolving and that the extent of damage can pose an existential threat. This is also of special importance for internal auditors. In the new article „Reining in Cyber Risk: An understanding of technology, third parties, […]

Financial Market Integrity Strengthening Act (FISG)

The German government is responding to the Wirecard fraud scandal with the Financial Market Integrity Strengthening Act (FISG), which came into force on July 1, 2021. For the first time, the legislature now explicitly requires appropriate and effective internal control and risk management systems and creates a direct right of information for the audit committee […]

internal-audit function of the future

The near-term challenge of the IA function will primarily be to continue to provide safe oversight while also adapting to the dynamic risk landscape. The IA function must thus be able to deal with the increasing number of emerging risks. The article „Building the internal-audit function of the future“ by McKinsey addresses the challenges of […]

How to measure and communicate the value of internal audit

Internal audit, like all other departments in a company, is seen as an investment that is expected to generate meaningful returns. But unlike departments where the return on investment (ROI) can easily be calculated and traced back to the bottom line, internal auditing is faced with the challenge of assessing the inherent qualitative benefits of […]

Audit committee chair overlap

The new study named „Audit committee chair overlap, chair expertise, and internal auditing practices: Evidence from Malaysia“ by Wan-Hussin, Fitri, and Salim (2021) adds to the sparse literature on audit committee leadership. It examines internal audit outcomes when AC chairs overlap. They use annual reports from 2014 for a sample of the top 100 nonfinancial […]

Powering Audit Committee Outcomes

An independent audit committee is essential for good corporate governance. However, there is no one-size-fits-all solution of what the perfect audit committee should look like. This is because the exact structure and objectives of audit committees worldwide are influenced by the type of business, the regulatory environment, the ownership structure and legal requirements. In addition, […]

Financial Market Integrity Strengthening Act

On July 1, 2021, the Financial Market Integrity Strengthening Act, or FISG for short, came into force in Germany. Extensive changes were made with a total of 27 articles. The aim of the Act is to permanently strengthen investor confidence in the German capital market. The amendments relate, for example, to Supervisory structures in companies. The […]

Remote audits: a concept for the future?

Audits in the usual form are currently not possible or only possible to a limited extent. Since it is not an option to forego revision audits, remote audits are the alternative: audits of internal processes that are not carried out in the company on site. Finally, the supervisory and management bodies‘ monitoring obligations remain unchanged. […]

Internal audit in payment companies

The Covid 19 crisis has changed the risks associated with payments. Deloitte’s article „The shifting landscape of risk: Perspectives on payments companies, internal audit, and the pandemic“ addresses these risks and outlines how the risks have evolved and how payments companies‘ IA departments can improve their understanding of these changing risks. As customers continue to […]

What does Post-Pandemic Internal Audit look like?

Internal Audit Offices are reopening, but things may never be the same. As the vaccination rate increases and the rate of COVID-19 cases steadily decreases, more and more companies are planning to return their employees to the office. Even so, the work promises to look different than it used to be, before many started working […]

The role of the Supervisory Board in the Covid 19 crisis

Supervisory bodies also have to face new questions and challenges in the context of the Corona pandemic. A whitepaper from Deloitte takes a closer look at the role of the supervisory board in times of Covid-19. It shows that the main work currently is on the executive. The supervisory board should take a supporting internal […]

Build Resilience to Cyber Risks.

According to a global IT risk and compliance survey 2021 conducted by IT provider MetricStream among global security and risk experts, IT security and compliance are the top technology investment priorities this year. When asked about their plans, 38 percent of respondents said they would increase their IT risk management spending this year. However, the […]

INTERNAL AUDIT’S ROLE IN ESG REPORTING

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are becoming increasingly important in organizations. Companies are more and more under pressure to publicly commit to sustainability and to report on their activities. To date, however, there are not many defined rules for ESG reporting or what ESG reporting should retain. As part of effective governance, Internal Audit […]

The Three Lines Model – An Important Tool for the Success of Every Organization

Governance has never been more important as organizations face the turbulence of a global pandemic, technological change, increasing economic disparities, geopolitics, globalization, climate change and much more. The governing bodies and management grapple with questions about disrupted work environments, changing markets and lost revenue. The three-line model of the IIA provides timely answers for organizations […]

COVID-19 and the Role of the Chief Audit Executive

The KPMG article formulates various questions that internal auditors should ask themselves in view of the Covid 19 pandemic. From this, it is deduced that immediate action and realignment by those responsible for internal auditing is required. For example, a key question internal audit should ask is „How can an internal audit team better leverage […]

Auditors warn: Hybrid office working leads to a cultural crisis

According to a new study by the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors, Hybrid working creates a “cultural crisis” for companies by undermining employee loyalty, making it more difficult to retain talented employees and detecting fraud. Nearly half of lead auditors believe the move to remote working during the pandemic damaged corporate culture. The steep rise […]

Reporting on environmental, social and governance risks and initiatives.

Companies need to face and address environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. For example, climate change and the reduction of greenhouse gases in business is a major issue in today’s world. Companies have to deal with various risks in this context. Consequently, this also has an impact on the internal audit function. For example, the […]

Next-generation nowcasting

In the face of great economic uncertainty, the ability to gather and interpret information quickly is vital for decision makers, especially when a crisis turns into a recovery or vice versa. Those who are able to quickly and appropriately understand and respond to the developing situation will not only survive but also create a more […]

Which topics are currently occupying the CFOs?

The expectations and assessments of CFOs are taken up in the new study by Deloitte. In a survey, CFOs were asked about macroeconomic, corporate strategy and financial topics. A total of 140 CFOs of large German companies were surveyed in the study It becomes clear, for example, that 43% of the companies surveyed have already […]

The 2021 Audit Management Playbook

Regardless of whether it is an audit team of five, thirty or more people, the biggest challenge for any modern audit leader is to stay relevant and add value to the company. In addition to complying with regulations and reducing costs wherever possible, audit leaders also need to stay abreast of current industry topics and […]

Diversity: An Accepted Business Value

The #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements have drawn attention to grievances and injustices. Related to this, issues such as diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are essential for companies. To promote DEI, companies have to start at the top. A key question is, for example, how diverse are boards? The topic of diversity is addressed […]

ISO 3730: New standard for compliance management systems

The importance of compliance in companies has been growing for years. This is because companies have a responsibility to ensure compliance with the increasing national and international regulations and to meet compliance requirements. This can be demonstrated, for example, with the implementation of an effective compliance management system (CMS). As a guideline and support for […]

Use of technology in internal audit in times of Covid

What is the use of technology in the internal audit function in times of pandemic? This is one of the questions answered in the new report „Internal Audit’s Digital Transformation Imperative: Advances Amid Crisis – Analysing the Impact of 2020 on Internal Audit Functions‘ Implementation of Technology“. The Internal Audit Foundation and the AuditBoard jointly […]

Cybersecurity risk in the new normal

Cybersecurity is certainly one of the most persistent risks of the 21st century, and it has been particularly exacerbated by the pandemic. Organizations had to balance competing priorities and disruptions while making sure their networks were secure. At the same time, criminals have tried to capitalize on the crisis by increasing the pace and complexity of […]

Chief Strategy Officer Survey 2021

Deloitte’s new „Chief Strategy Officer Survey 2021“ provides insights into the assessments and perspectives of CSOs worldwide on the future shape of the strategy function as well as their own role in times of the pandemic. It identifies a total of four core topics that are on the CSO agenda. These are: – Strategy Evolved: […]

Should Internal Audit change its name?

The discussion is constantly being stimulated as to whether the internal auditing department should change its name. The idea is usually suggested to avoid what some see as a negative stigma related to internal audit. Richard Chambers, president and CEO of The IIA, discusses the question of changing the name of the internal audit in […]

Internal Audit in the insurance industry

The Corona pandemic is contributing to various disruptive changes. Internal auditing is also affected. A recent report by ECIIA, „The impact of recent global trends on internal auditing in the insurance industry“, deals with trends in internal auditing. The focus is on the insurance industry. The report addresses the impact of macro trends, reaffirming the […]

Survive a consent order as an internal auditor

Getting informed of consent or some other enforcement action can be an uncomfortable experience for a company, especially if it has never been dealt with anything like this before. Fines and penalties aside, the process of canceling the order often takes years and the resources required for that process only add to the total cost. […]

The risky six

How and why do boards get a distorted picture of their organisations‘ ability to protect themselves against cyber-related risks? This is the question addressed in the report „The Risky Six: Key questions to expose gaps in board understanding of organisational cyber resiliency“ by IIA and EY. They identified a total of 6 key questions which, […]

Five new Apps for Process Optimization and Monitoring

Celonis, the world’s leading provider of Execution Management Systems (EMS), and PwC Germany are launching five new apps that can be used to analyze and improve important business processes. The aim of the apps is to achieve process optimization in the energy industry as well as in purchasing, in shared service centers and in customs […]

Internal Audit’s Digital Transformation Imperative: Advances Amid Crisis

The ongoing digital transformation could accelerate in internal audit in 2021. That’s according to a new survey called “ Internal Audit’s Digital Transformation Imperative: Advances Amid Crisis“ from AuditBoard and the Institute of Internal Auditors‘ Internal Audit Foundation (IAF). Twenty-two percent of respondents in a survey say they will implement cloud-based technology this year. Overall, […]

Agents of Change

„Agents of Change: Internal Auditors in an Era of Disruption“, the new book by Richard Chambers, president and CEO of the Institute of Internal Auditors, is calling for a faster and deeper transformation of the internal audit profession. The book claims that internal audit must not only accept change, but also become a catalyst for […]

Moving Internal Audit Deeper Into the Digital Age: Part 3

The third part of the three-part report series, „Moving Internal Audit Deeper into the Digital Age: Part 3, Beyond Theory – Scaling Automation Capabilities in Internal Auditing“ from the Internal Audit Foundation and Deloitte answers the question, „How can internal audit help set up governance architecture around new technologies?“ For effective scaling of analytics and […]

Moving Internal Audit Deeper Into the Digital Age: Part 2

To gain an insight into where various internal audit organizations stand in relation to audit automation and cognitive technologies, the Internal Audit Foundation and Deloitte conducted a survey of IIA members. Based on responses from internal audit leaders across a wide range of organizations, key findings reveal where many organizations are making progress and where […]

Moving Internal Audit Deeper Into the Digital Age: Part 1

The first part of a three-part report series, „Moving Internal Audit Deeper into the Digital Age: Part 1 – A Structured Methodology for Leveraging Automation,“ from the Internal Audit Foundation and Deloitte, explores the impact of robotic process automation (RPA) on internal audit. Part 1 examines how the three types of RPA – probots, knowbots […]

Internal Audit’s Digital Transformation Imperative 2021

According to a survey by AuditBoard and the Internal Audit Foundation (IAF), the ongoing digital transformation of internal auditing will accelerate rapidly in 2021. 22 % of the 134 surveyed heads of internal audit stated that they will implement cloud-based technologies this year. The report Internal Audit’s Digital Transformation Imperative: Advances amid Crisis highlights how […]

Auditing DevSecOps Projects

Starting from traditional waterfall development, agility has been writ large in recent years. The latest trend is called Development Security Operations (DevSecOps). More and more companies are adopting DevSecOps. They are seen as an evolutionary extension of agile principles. For example, percentage a Gartner publication („Hype Cycle for Agile and DevOps“) shows that the percentage of […]

The Guide to Streamlining Document Workflow

Do more with less? Which Internal Auditor hasn’t heard the chorus? Most forward-thinking businesses realize the value of internal audit and are increasing responsibilities of internal audit. Rather than immediately asking for more employees, intelligent teams first address these resource constraints by identifying areas where productivity and efficiency can be improved. Implementing new technology is […]

Record optimism among CEOs

CEO confidence is up significantly – worldwide. With the Covid-19 pandemic already occupying us for a year, CEOs‘ Optimus is at a record high. Overall, 76% of CEOS surveyed believe global economic growth will improve over the next 12 months, up from 22% last year. That’s according to PWC’s Global CEO Survey, which polled more […]

Forward-looking innovations: Episode about Tech Trends 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the global economy hard. But at the same time, the fundamental disruption of established ways of working has accelerated numerous digital trends, increased the spread of innovations and made newly developed technologies a reality more quickly. In the coming 18-24 months, groundbreaking trends such as the digitization of strategy development, […]

Key issues being discussed in the boardroom and C-suite

Companies have to deal with various challenges. These include the ubiquitous Corona pandemic, growing social unrest, new technologies, digitalization innovations, and new strategies and business models. The multitude of issues and the complexity associated with them does not make it any easier for companies. Protiviti’s new report presents the top risks currently facing boards and […]

The Balance between Assurance and Advisory Work

Most internal audit functions spend between 80 and 100 percent of their time doing traditional internal audits, commonly referred to as „assurance work“. Yet, many also do a certain amount of counseling and strive for more. A lot of senior auditors are concerned about how the limited internal audit resources should be allocated across these […]

2021 Directors’ alert – A new era of board stewardship begins

This current change in the wake of the covid pandemic demands bold steps and new skills from corporate leadership. Traditional topics in boardrooms and supervisory boards such as growth, profit and cost structure are being supplemented by topics related to new risks, safety issues and increased stakeholder interest in governance. Stakeholders increasingly expect companies to […]

Time to use RPA in Internal Audit

There are many areas of internal audit where automation using robotic process automation (RPA) and process mining can be used. In Jean-Marie Bequevort, Expert Practice Leader Internal Audit at TriFinance, opinion, two areas are ripe for automation: (1) data download and analysis to identify red flags, and (2) data visualization to support audit interviews. Why […]

Agility in the time of COVID-19

More agile, faster, further. Companies are surrounded by forces such as digitalization, automation, globalization and analytics. This is not mitigated by the COVID crisis, but additionally amplified. Every function in the enterprise is affected. McKinsey’s article looks at business agility in times of COVID and shows that agile companies fared better. Agile companies have examined […]

Golden rules of cyber security

What do an attack on a chicken coop and a cyber attack have in common? Prof. Dr. Dirk Loomans (Consulting,KPMG) explains in his article, why unusual comparisons provide important insights. The trigger for his reflections was an attack on his chicken coop, which aroused associations with a cyber attack. For him, four important points can […]

Tech Trends 2021

In addition to the various challenges in the covid crisis, there is a huch opportunity for digitization. To exploit this opportunity, CIOs and technology-savvy executives play a key role in implementing new approaches strategically. The present shows that companies are already investing in new technologies and business models. The new Deloitte Tech Trends Report shows, […]

Similarities and differences of the new and existing Three Lines Model

The efficient and effective organization and coordination of corporate governance activities is still one of the major challenges of modern corporate management. For many years, it was precisely the so-called Three Lines of Defense model that was used to structure governance functions. However, as more and more open points of discussion regarding practical implementation have […]

Setting the 2021 Audit Committee Agenda

Companies are surrounded by disruptive challenges. The Audit Committee is a key contributor to ensuring business agility and resilience in the year ahead, and to meeting the coming challenges. Provitivi’s new bulletin addresses these house demands and identifies the most important topics for the audit committee’s agenda in 2021. Financial reporting is addressed as well […]

Strategic cost transformation during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is fundamentally changing the global business landscape. To better understand the short- and long-term impacts of the crisis — and what companies around the world are doing about it — Deloitte recently conducted a special mid-cycle version of their regular biennial survey of global cost management practices and transformation trends. In total, […]

The shape of AI governance to come

To better deal with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, companies are using technology. For example, companies are using AI both within a company and to interact with consumers. A key determinant of the successful use of AI is trust in the technology. According to KPMG, trust is based on a total of four pillars: Integrity, […]

Derisking digital and analytics transformations

Die Digitalisierung ist omnipräsent und von enormer Bedeutung für alle Branchen. Digitale und analytische Transformationen dienen mitunter dazu, Dienstleistungen und Prozesse zu digitalisieren und gleichzeitig Effizienzsteigerungen durch Agilität und Automatisierung sowie den Einsatz neuer Analysetools zu ermöglichen. Die Herausforderung, die damit einhergeht, ist jedoch der Umgang mit den entstehenden Risiken. Der Artikel von McKinsey geht darauf […]

Podcast-Diskussion: Chancen und Grenzen von KI

Oft wird künstliche Intelligenz als der nächste gewaltige Schritt in der Technologie-Entwicklung angesehen, vergleichbar mit einst der Industrialisierung. Zugleich macht der Gedanke an KI vielen Menschen auch Angst: Sie schlägt uns heute schon im Online-Shop Produkte vor, die unseren Wünschen entsprechen. Künftig soll sie zudem Autos steuern oder bei der ärztlichen Diagnose unterstützen. Doch, wie […]

Human Capital Trends 2021: Die soziale Organisation während der globalen Krise

Aktuell steht die gesamte Arbeitswelt aufgrund der Krise im Rahmen der COVID-19-Pandemie vor großen Herausforderungen. Um den Veränderungen bestmöglich gerecht werden zu können, müssen Unternehmen ihre Arbeitsweisen verändern und anpassen. Denn gerade in den Zeiten der Krise sollten Unternehmen vom Überlebens-Modus in den Chancen-Modus wechseln. Wie dieser Wandel in den Unternehmen gestaltet wird, untersucht der […]

Schutz der Unabhängigkeit von Internen Revisorinnen und Revisoren

Das Ziel der Internen Revision ist es, die interne Transparenz, Integrität, Compliance und Stabilität zu verbessern und zugleich auch eine effektive Korruptionsabwehr sicherstellen. Um diese Ziele zu erreichen, bedarf es einer hohen Wirksamkeit der Internen Revision, welche jedoch durch verschiedene Faktoren beeinflusst wird. Beispielsweise haben Interessenkonflikte, Korruption als auch interne Pressionen einen starken Einfluss auf […]

Wo steht SOX im Jahr 2020?

Die fünfte jährliche Umfrage der SOX Professionals Group in Zusammenarbeit mit Workiva befasst sich mit dem aktuellen Stand der SOX- und internen Kontrollprozesse in den Unternehmen im Jahr 2020. Dabei wird ebenso auf die wichtigsten Herausforderungen für das kommende Jahr eingegangen. Der Marktbericht stellt fest, dass sich die fortschrittliche Technologie in Bezug auf Compliance schnell […]

The journey of resilient leadership: Building organizational resilience

Dir vier größten Herausforderungen von CEOs  im Jahr 2020 bestanden darin das Wohlbefinden der Mitarbeiter und Innovationen aufrechtzuerhalten, rückläufige Umsätze zu bewältigen und Kunden anzusprechen. Vor dem Hintergrund des immer schnellen Tempos an Veränderungen, die die Unternehmen umgeben, geht im Kern nicht darum eine bessere „Landkarte“ zu haben. Maßgebend sind ein flexibles Team, Ressourcen und Systeme, die […]

The next normal arrives

Mit Hoffnung in die Zukunft blickend, wird 2021 ein Jahr des Umbruchs. Die Corona-Krise ist immer noch allgegenwärtig, allerdings gibt es ein schwaches Licht am Ende des Tunnels aufgrund der vorhandenen Impfstoffe. Im Hinblick auf die Zukunft, so wird sich in der Zeit „nach“ Corona eine neue Normalität einstellen. In dem Artikel von McKinsey werden […]

Das Potenzial der kontinuierlichen Abschlussprüfung

Dynamische Märkte verlangen heute zeitnahe Informationen und kürzere Abstand zwischen Bilanzstichtag und Jahresabschlusserstellung. Um den dadurch entstehenden Zeitdruck aufzulösen und eine zeitnahe Beurteilung von Risiken zu ermöglichen, ist eine kontinuierliche Überwachung aller relevanten Prozesse notwendig. In Zeiten der Digitalisierung ermöglichen immer mehr Technologien auf Unternehmens- und Wirtschaftsprüfer-Seite Continuous Auditing. So kann der wachsende Bedarf nach systemorientierten und kontinuierlichen […]

7 Warnzeichen für Betrug im Unternehmen

In Organisationen sind einige der häufigsten Arten von Betrug die unbefugte Verwendung von Vermögenswerten, ebenso wie die falsche Darstellung von Abschlüssen. Dies dient häufig der verbesserten Darstellung der Organisationen um wirtschaftlich erfolgreicher zu erscheinen. Laut dem „Report to the Nations 2020“ der Association of Certified Fraud Examiners kann Betrug in jeder Organisation auftreten, unabhängig von […]

Eine Reise in Richtung Aligned Risk Governance

Eine Vielzahl von Funktionen in Unternehmen, wie z. B. das Risikomanagement, die Compliance-Abteilung oder die interne Revision, beschäftigen sich mit Risiken. Es zeigt sich, dass einerseits die einzelnen Funktionen zumeist methodisch und personell gut aufgestellt sind, jedoch andererseits eine mangelnde Abstimmung zwischen den Funktionen besteht. Aufgrund von z. B. Überschneidungen oder häufigen Wiederholungen stellt sich […]

Vorbereiten auf außergewöhnliche Risiken

Unternehmen müssen sich die Frage stellen, auf welche Risiken sie sich vorbereiten wollen. Allerdings unterliegen die Entscheidungsträger hierbei einem Dilemma. Dieses lässt sich besonders auf Basis der aktuellen Covid-19-Pandemie veranschaulichen. Die Wahrscheinlichkeit für Ereignisse wie die Corona-19-Pandemie ist gering, aber niemals Null und die Konsequenzen sind enorm. Diese Kombination aus relativer Unwahrscheinlichkeit und hohen Konsequenzen begründet das […]

Das Streben nach höherer Cybersicherheit

„Cyberbedrohungen schnell zu erkennen und auf Vorfälle effektiv zu reagieren, hat bei vielen Unternehmen inzwischen oberste Priorität.“ Jedoch ist es heutzutage kaum möglich, sich vollständig vor solchen zu schützen. Die Angriffe nehmen, auch bedingt durch die COVID-19-Pandemie, weltweit zu und treffen vor allem kleine und mittelständige Unternehmen. 60 Prozent aller Unternehmen waren im vergangenen Jahr, […]

Anwendung von Machine Learning in der Internen Revision

Immer mehr Unternehmen setzen Künstliche Intelligenz und maschinelles Lernen (KI/ML) ein. Der Einsatz von KI/ML wird unseren Berufsalltag stark verändern, sodass Tätigkeiten, die heute noch als mühsam und zeitintensiv gelten, in Zukunft automatisiert ablaufen. Während folglich repetitive Tätigkeiten an Bedeutung verlieren, werden wiederum andere Tätigkeiten relativ an Bedeutung gewinnen. Betroffen ist auch die Interne Revision als […]

The time has come

„Die Studienergebnisse zeigen: Nachhaltigkeit ist in den Unternehmen angekommen!“ Aktuell veröffentlichte KPMG die 11. Ausgabe ihrer Studie zur Nachhaltigkeitsberichterstattung. Die Ergebnisse der 2020-Studie zeigen: Unternehmen achten bei ihren Strategien und Zielsetzungen vermehrt auf Nachhaltigkeit. In Deutschland stieg so beispielsweise der Anteil veröffentlichter Nachhaltigkeitsberichte um knapp 20 % seit 2017. Die Umfrage unter 5.200 großen Unternehmen aus […]

Key risk areas 2021

„Sind Sie sich der Risiken bewusst, denen die Interne Revision heute und in der nahen Zukunft ausgesetzt ist?“ Interne Revisionsfunktionen bauen innerhalb von Organisationen weltweit ihre Wirkung und ihren Einfluss aus, indem sie Beratungsdienste anbieten und Assurance-Dienste rund um die wichtigsten Risiken für die Organisation übernehmen. Hohe Relevanz für die Interne Revisionsfunktion haben die Risiken, denen die […]

Welche Faktoren beeinflussen die Internationalisierung der internen Revision?

Unternehmensskandale, die fortschreitende Globalisierung und die zunehmende Komplexität der Umwelt erfordern neue Kontrollansätze für weltweit agierende Unternehmen. Dementsprechend müssen die Akteure den Aufbau ihrer Internen Revision hinterfragen und gegeben falls neu aufstellen. Um die unternehmensweite Sicherheit in Zukunft aufrechtzuerhalten, muss die Interne Revision die für sie am besten geeignete Organisationsform finden. Doch welche Faktoren sind […]

Prüfen in Covid-19 Zeiten

Die Covid-Pandemie bringt neue Herausforderungen für Unternehmen mit sich und beeinflusst auch die Arbeit der Revisionsfunktion. Das deutsche Institut für Interne Revision (DIIR) zeigt in seinem Beitrag „Prüfen in Covid-19 Zeiten – Ein Erfahrungsbericht aus der Prüfungspraxis der DAX 30 Unternehmen„, inwieweit die Prüfungspraxis durch die Pandemie beeinflusst wird bzw. wurde. Es wird deutlich, dass […]

Alles wird anders. Oder nicht?

Was bewegt Technologieverantwortliche in Zeiten von Covid-19? Mit dieser Frage beschäftigt sich die 22. CIO Survey von KPMG. Zusammen mit ihrem Partner Harvey Nash wurden 4.200 CIOs und IT-Führungskräfte in 83 Ländern in Bezug auf zukünftige Technologieentwicklungen befragt. Dabei wurden sowohl Daten aus der Zeit vor Covid-19, wie auch solche, die nach dem Einsetzen der […]

Dynamisches Risikomanagement für unsichere Zeiten

Unternehmen unterstehen einem starken Druck verschiedener Einflüsse. Zum einen hat die digitale Revolution die Verfügbarkeit von Daten, den Grad der Konnektivität und die Entscheidungsgeschwindigkeit erhöht. Des Weiteren müssen sich Unternehmen mit dem wandelnden Klima auseinandersetzten und auch die Erwartungen der Stakeholder an das Unternehmensverhalten sind höher denn je. So erwarten z.B. die Verbraucher, dass Unternehmen in sozialen […]

The Future of Compliance 2020

Die Compliance-Funktion ist nicht nur im alltäglichen Geschäft eine bedeutende Stütze, sondern stellt auch in Krisenzeiten eine wichtige Säule der Organisationsführung dar. Um dieser Rolle im Unternehmen gerecht zu werden, ist eine kontinuierliche Anpassung der Compliance-Strukturen an die aktuellen Entwicklungen vonnöten. Die derzeitige Ausnahmesituation zieht Chancen und Risiken für die Compliance-Funktion mit sich. Doch wie genau sehen diese aus? […]

PWC-Umfrage: Digital Trust Insights 2021

COVID-19 hat die Digitalisierung beschleunigt und folglich auch die Angriffsfläche für Cyberattacken erweitert. Die PWC-Ausgabe „Digital Trust Insights 2021“, bei der weltweit über 3.000 Führungskräfte aus Wirtschaft und Technologie zum Thema Cyber Security befragt wurden, zeigt, dass mehr als die Hälfte der Befragten Angriffe auf Cloud-Dienste und Randsomware-Angriffe für sehr wahrscheinlich halten und auch mit […]

Wie Unternehmen die Transformation erfolgreich umsetzen

Unternehmen befinden sich seit geraumer Zeit im Wandel. So haben 85 % der Unternehmen in den letzten zehn Jahren mehr als eine Transformation durchlaufen. Die aktuelle COVID-19-Pandemie verstärkt darüber hinaus die Notwendigkeit für tiefgreifende Veränderungen an der strategischen Ausrichtung, dem Geschäftsmodell und der Organisation. Jedoch zeigen Studien, dass nur 30 % der Unternehmen während Transformationen […]

Eine starke Risiko- und Integritätskultur ist wichtiger denn je!

Führungskräfte und Vorstände müssen sich in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie bestehenden aber auch neuen Herausforderungen stellen. Sie müssen schnell handeln, um Bedrohungen anzugehen und Chancen zu ergreifen, und gleichzeitig den Schutz der Gesundheit und Sicherheit von Mitarbeitern und Kunden aufrechterhalten und weiterentwickeln. Es reicht nicht mehr aus, sich auf bestehende Strukturen und Mechanismen zu verlassen. Wesentlich für die institutionelle […]

Der Anstieg der Cyberkriminalität aufgrund von COVID-19

„There is no illusion that fraud has increased!“ In der jüngsten Folge von Fraud Talk, dem monatlichen Podcast der Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), erklärt Arpinder Singh (Leiter von Indien, Emerging Markets, Forensic & Integrity Services bei EY), warum die Pandemie eine einzigartige Gelegenheit für Cyberbetrug geschaffen hat. So nennt er einige Gründe, wie […]

The trillion-dollar reasons to rethink blockchain

Die Verbraucher erwarten von Unternehmen ein hohes Maß an Transparenz in Fragen zur Nachhaltigkeit oder ethischen Beschaffung und verlangen Sicherheit bei den Informationen, die sie online abrufen und weitergeben. Der neue  Report „Time for Trust“ von PWC befasst sich mit den Vorteilen, die sich für Unternehmen durch die Blockchain Technologie ergeben und zeigt, wie Blockchain derzeit genutzt […]

Welche Risiken für Unternehmen ergeben sich aus der US-Wahl?

Während die US-Wahl immer näher rückt, steigt die Unsicherheit in den Unternehmen. Darüber, welche Auswirkungen das Ergebnis auf die globale Wirtschaft hat und darüber, welche Risiken es für die einzelnen Unternehmen mit sich zieht. PwC hat daher zwischen dem 30. September und dem 6. Oktober 537 US-Führungskräfte über potenzielle Risiken, die sich aus den US-Wahlen […]