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Understanding Internal Audit and its Value

How to design and operate an effective internal audit activity that provides value to the organization

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) defines internal auditing as “an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organization's operations. It helps an organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.”

This session discusses the differences between external and internal auditing and the key attributes for designing and operating an effective internal auditing activity that is valuable to an organization.

Learning objectives:

  • Understanding the different roles between the External and Internal Auditors
  • Understand the purpose, authority, and responsibility of Internal Audit
  • Understand the key attributes for conducting effective Internal Audits

Areas covered in this training:

  • Characteristics of an Internal Auditor
  • The Internal Auditor’s Code of Ethics
  • Internal Audit Charter Elements
  • The Internal Audit Structure
  • The Audit Engagement
  • Audit Testing Methods

Who will benefit:

  • Audit Committee Members
  • New Internal Audit Leaders
  • Audit professionals
  • Risk professionals
  • Compliance professionals
  • Finance and Accounting Professionals


This is a previously recorded 60 minute AuditNet® webinar with Jim Kaplan and Michael Brozzetti


Your Instructor


Jim Kaplan CIA CFE
Jim Kaplan CIA CFE


AuditNet® is the Global Resource for Auditors, and serves the global audit community as the primary communications resource with an online digital network where auditors share resources, tools, and experiences including audit work programs and other audit documentation.

As the first online portal for the global audit community, AuditNet® has been at the forefront of audit websites dedicated to promoting the use of technology. http://www.auditnet.org/

Jim Kaplan, the founder of AuditNet®, became a Certified Internal Auditor in 1984. He has continuously promoted and encouraged the use of technology and the Internet for audit productivity.

As an active member of the IIA, he has held many positions at the local and International level. He is a founding member of the Northern Virginia Chapter and served as Chapter President in 1989. He retired from his government audit director position in 2005. He is the founder and President of AuditNet®, the global resource for auditors, and has been identified as an Internet for Auditors pioneer. Jim's contributions to the profession were recognized by the IIA (2007 Bradford Cadmus award) and the Association of Local Government Auditors (Lifetime Achievement Award). In addition to the IIA, he is a member of the Association of Local Government Auditors and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.


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