Internal Controls: Hot Topics & Trends Self-Study Webinar (1.5 Hours)


This self-study webinar will provide an update on current trends associated with a company’s internal control environment, and expectations for public companies to maintain documentation of the execution of processes and controls, based on recent guidance and enforcement actions from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). Topics to be discussed include:

  • Documentation expectations associated with management review controls
  • How to document the controls associated with information produced by the entity
  • Entity-wide controls
  • Controls over estimates and significant unusual transactions
  • Monitoring activities and evaluating deficiencies
  • Using digital audit techniques

To update financial professionals on recent SEC and PCAOB guidance and enforcement actions that impact the internal control environment, as well as expectations for public companies to maintain documentation of the execution of processes and controls.

  • Governance & Oversight
    – Objectives of an effective SOX program
       – Maintain internal controls for internal and external risks
       – Achieve significant reliance on management’s work by external auditors
       – Minimize effort across organization, gain synergy through GRC efforts
    – Challenges to the control environment
    – Complexity of IT systems
    – Overlooked internal control implications
       – Divestitures
       – Mergers and acquisitions
       – Newly adopted accounting Standards
       – Newly implemented ERP
       – Rotation in external auditor
       – Significant business transformation
       – SOX training of process/control owners
  • Scoping, Control Environment & Execution
    – Leading practices
    – Performing end-to-end walkthroughs
    – Risk assessments
    – Internal control centralization
    – Management’s processes and controls documentation
    – Manual vs. automated controls
    – Third-party service providers
    – Optimizing the internal controls structure
    – Increasing internal control efficiency while reducing costs
  • Technology Enablement
    – Adopting emerging technology
    – Data analytics and visualization tools
  • Control Deficiencies & Areas of Focus
    – Management Review Controls (MRCs)
    – IT general control and manual deficiency themes
  • Recurring PCAOB Themes
    – IT considerations
    – Business process considerations

• Identify the current relative importance of ESG reporting and sustainability matters in today’s reporting environment

• Recognize the top areas for internal audit to begin their involvement in ESG reporting

• Identify shareholder’s current expectations regarding a BOD’s role in the oversight of ESG matters

• Recognize the extent to which ESG reporting matters are currently integrated into existing governance and oversight models




No advance preparation required.

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