Tagged: Audit Committee

Dancing on the Head of a Pin: Corporate Boards, Committees and Cybersecurity Risk Management

No one was surprised when compliance and risk publications cited cybersecurity as the number one risk that corporations face today.  While this is a relatively simplistic and head-line grabbing statement, the truth remains that corporate boards should have cybersecurity in their Top-3 List of corporate risks facing the organization. Like everything in life, it is one thing to identify the risk — it is quite...

The Current State of Compliance and Internal Audit Partnership

The Current State of Compliance and Internal Audit Partnership

Compliance officers and internal auditors are natural partners and allies in the compliance governance landscape.  As the compliance profession and influence grew, compliance officers often leaned on internal auditors for help in assessing risks, uncovering financial misconduct, and assessing compliance functions and controls.  Recently, however, I have noticed some changes in their relationship, suggesting that they both are maturing and gaining independence from each other. ...

The SEC’s Return to Accounting Fraud Enforcement

The SEC’s Return to Accounting Fraud Enforcement

Just like the ups and downs of the business cycle, SEC enforcement of accounting fraud cases follow an up and down trend as well. For example, during the financial crisis, SEC enforcement of accounting fraud cases took a back seat to enforcement actions surrounding disclosure and conflicts of interest in relation to the financial meltdown. The SEC, in the last two years, has returned to...

Refining a CCO’s Reporting Relationship to a Corporate Board

Refining a CCO’s Reporting Relationship to a Corporate Board

You can observe a lot by just watching – Yogi Berra There is way too much time being spent on esoteric arguments about corporate board reporting responsibilities for Chief Compliance Officers. Let’s agree and move on to more important and difficult issues. I hate to be dogmatic but when it comes to this issue, there really is one obvious solution. Varying alternatives are less than...