Scoring Goals

Scoring Goals

A veteran chief audit executive shares his game-plan for adding value and meeting stakeholder needs   As the FIFA football World Cup in Rio de Janeiro Brazil approaches, it’s timely to consider how well your internal audit team is positioned for success. Does your team have the skills, conditioning and coaching to succeed at the highest level…

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protection

Companies in the Gulf States are Protecting Themselves

Fraud is on the rise, but regional businesses are adopting resilient corporate governance programs to protect themselves Every year,we publish the Kroll Global Fraud Report in which we describe and analyse the results of a survey carried out on our behalf by the Economist Intelligence Unit. In 2013, over 900 executives from around the world were polled in…

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Risk Management

Risk Management Implementation In The Public Sector

These days, risk management has become pivotal for the senior management of many public sector entities, as well as local and international entities. With this increasing focus on transparency in the public sector, and on the need to ensure quality and efficient service delivery to the general public – we see a gradual and even…

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Independence

Is Internal Auditor Independence Destroying Value?

Audit Independence – The Standards In the view of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), internal auditors cannot be fully responsible for Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) because this would create a conflict of interest. Section 1100 of the IIA standards requires that:  The internal audit activity must be independent, and internal auditors must be objective…

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Arabic Coffee: Arab Culture and Internal Audit

A tray of traditional Arabic Coffee has long been one of the most common rituals of hospitality during internal audit meetings. What a delightful experience! Arabic Coffee’s unique taste fuses noble heritage with modernity, and its strong aroma blends Arab cultural traditions deeply rooted in this Nation’s history, especially the most well-known tradition of warm…

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Building Digital Forensics Readiness in the Corporate World

In today’s business world the use of information technology has enabled new opportunities and efficiencies. However, this same technology has also opened new doors to crime and abuse. Whether it’s violating company policy or breaking the law, individuals from both inside and outside an organization may use digital means as tools to perpetrate crimes and…

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Are Soft Controls Better Than Hard Controls?

After the financial crisis in 2008, Corporate Governance became more important than ever before. Governments imposed regulations to enhance transparency and ethical culture in organizations. However, most of the regulations focused on enhancing hard controls rather than soft controls. Let us first understand the difference between soft controls and hard controls. While soft controls are intangible…

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Conversations with Colleagues: Arindam De

Protiviti’s Managing Director for the United Arab Emirates shares his insights and discusses the priorities for Chief Audit Executives (CAEs) in 2014   In an exclusive interview, Internal Auditor Middle East spoke to Arindam De (BE, MBA, CFA), who is one of the founding members of Protiviti in the Middle East. Arindam started his career…

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