December 21, 2012

Five Key Headlines From 2012 That Will Shape the Future of Internal Auditing

At about this time each year, I like to look back at the news events and stories that are shaping our profession. Occasionally, we have a […]
December 5, 2012

Good News: More Jobs, Better Budgets, Higher Salaries Ahead for Internal Audit

If you are looking for a job in the internal audit field, I have good news: Despite everything you may have heard about economic uncertainties and […]
November 26, 2012

It Is Time We Move Out From Under the CFO Shadow

I learned important lessons early in my career about internal audit independence and the impairments that can come from reporting relationships. I began my career as […]
November 6, 2012

A Dead End Job? I Hardly Think So!

Anyone who knows me or follows this blog and my social media presence knows that I am not “thin-skinned” when it comes to constructive criticism of […]
October 23, 2012

The Biggest Risks in an Internal Audit May Be the Issues You Miss

For many years, I taught accounting courses during the evenings at a local university. I would often tell my students, “The only stupid question is the […]
October 9, 2012

Facilitating Strong Internal Audit Oversight

Ensuring strong and effective oversight of internal audit departments has always been challenging. After all, organizational independence is critical for internal audit functions, so simply reporting […]
October 2, 2012

It Shouldn’t Surprise Us That “No Surprises” Is Still an Expectation

Back in 2009, I blogged on the fact that many audit committees expected internal audit to help them avoid surprises. I concluded that whether it was fair or […]
September 25, 2012

Sometimes You Can Be Right or You Can Be Liked

I often post my thoughts on Twitter. Most of the time, my Tweets receive few comments, but last week I heard from a surprising number of […]
September 17, 2012

Assurance on Risk Management Effectiveness: What Are We Waiting For?

For almost four years now, I have been advocating that the internal audit profession embrace the challenge of providing assurance on the effectiveness of risk management. I […]
September 4, 2012

Is Your Risk Assessment Stuck in Time?

There have been plenty of articles and lectures given on continuous auditing in recent years. There is no question that technology is making continuous auditing a […]