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Author Archive - Norman D. Marks, CPA, CRMA

Norman D. Marks is an Author, Evangelist and Mentor for Better Run Business, as well as an OCEG Fellow and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management. Mr. Marks has been a practitioner and thought leader in internal audit, risk management, and governance for a long time. He has led large and small internal audit departments, been a Chief Risk Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, and managed IT Security and governance functions. Read more

How to assess the effectiveness of risk management

Internal auditors are expected, according to the IIA Standards and some governance codes, to assess the effectiveness of risk management.

 

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The next generation of internal auditing

I want to congratulate Workiva and Jose Tabuena for Internal Audit’s Guide to Planning, Managing and Addressing Risks. I want to focus on the first piece in that publication, Planning to Do the Right Audits: An Effective Internal Audit Risk Assessment. Here are some excerpts, with comments by me:

 

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Elevating internal audit’s role

For many years, PwC has shared with us their view of the State of the Internal Audit Profession. They have some useful words, but it is mixed in with an agenda with which I don’t totally agree. I will come to that later. But first, the good stuff:

 

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Insight into effective risk management

I need to draw your attention to a provocative piece by his firm (presumably by him): The risks of risk management. (My thanks go to Tim Leech for tweeting about it.)

 

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Making intelligent and informed decisions around cyber

The experts continue to bombard us with their advice, insight, and guidance for addressing cyber.

 

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CEOs are not idiots when it comes to risk management

If you consider the small number of organizations where risk management is considered as providing a strategic advantage, one of these alternatives must be true:

 

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If risk management is the answer, what is the question?

We need to stop coming up with new words and phrases when all we need to address is the effectiveness of management. So stop talking about ERM, IRM, or even objective assurance, and start thinking about how to obtain reasonable assurance that the management of the organization, including how it sets objectives and makes related execution decisions, is effective.

 

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Scratching the surface on Facebook and its problems

​Facebook Data Exposure Offers Critical Lesson for Internal Auditors makes some good points, including:

 

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Understanding the challenges in risk management

My good friend, Michael Rasmussen, has written what I consider a special blog post on the topic of Challenges in Risk Management.

 

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Time (again and still) for the IIA Standards to be correct

Internal audit can assist management by facilitating a fraud risk assessment. Management should make the decision both on the level of risk and whether it is acceptable. Internal audit can provide their opinion and advice on both.

 

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Decision-making and the practitioner

McKinsey has shared three articles with insights into effective decision-making.

 

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New reports on the cost and incidence of cyber breaches

A cyber breach can affect an organization in many ways, from trivial to devastating. There is a range of potential effects, each with its own likelihood.

 

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How often should you assess risk?

I recently listened to a new video by my friend, Alex Sidorenko. In How often [should] the risk assessments be performed, he makes some solid points, including:

 

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A board that would fail any test of its governance practices

I am planning a meeting with the CRO from a company during which I had planned to share some of the principles of effective risk management, based on what is considered world-class, and the governance of risk management by the board.

 

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The accountants’ role in risk management

The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) has published an interesting and useful piece, Enabling the Accountant’s Role in Effective Enterprise Risk Management.

 

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