COSO Control Environment

Field: Auditing | Delivery Method: Self Study | CPE Hours: 1.0

It's been more than 28 years since the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) released its Internal Control—Integrated Framework (the original framework). The new framework became effective in December 2014. Professionals must first obtain a basic understanding of the concepts, principles and potential impact, including changes from the 1992 framework and the key COSO components and related principles.

COSO 2013 maintains the same five components previously identified within the 1992 framework. These include:
  • Control Environment
  • Risk Assessment
  • Control Activities
  • Information & Communication
  • Monitoring
Each component is now defined by separate principles that underlie the component. Management and the external auditors must understand each of these principles and be able to adequately support that they exist, are appropriately designed and functioning. In addition, the components must effectively work in combination to provide for a positive attestation to internal controls.
The Control Environment is defined as the overall attitude, awareness and actions of directors and management (i.e. "those charged with governance") regarding the internal control system and its importance to the entity. The Control Environment is named as the first component within COSO 2013.
This course is designed to focus on the Control Environment and the five separate principles that support this component.
  • The organization demonstrates commitment to integrity and ethical values.
  • The Board maintains independence from management and exercises oversight of internal control.
  • Management establishes structure, reporting lines, and appropriate authority and responsibility.
  • The organization demonstrates commitment to attract, develop and retain competent individuals.
  • The organization holds individuals accountable for internal control responsibilities.

Lesson Objectives
  • Defining the Control Environment for COSO 2013
  • Examine the five principles supporting the control environment.
  • Discuss points of focus that support the five principles of the control environment and how to utilize these points of focus most efficiently in your transition process.
  • Design of principles vs. execution – understanding the critical difference.
  • How the control environment sets the “tone” for the remaining components.

Field: Auditing
CPE: 1
Delivery Method: Self-Study
Format: Video


Your Instructor


Lynn Fountain
Lynn Fountain

Consultant, CPA, CGMA, CRMA, MBA, Past Chief Audit Executive

Business Consultant, Trainer, Author


Ms. Fountain has over 40 years of experience spanning public accounting, industry accounting and consulting. Sixteen years of that experience has been in the field of internal audit, risk managment and process improvement. She is well adept to assist your organization evaluate business strategy, perform risk assessments, establish a Sarbanes-Oxley process, synergizing internal audit processes or perform process improvement projects.


As a past corporate executive Lynn has a passion for working with professionals to enhance their processes and provide leading edge education. She has authored and delivered hundreds of training courses for accounting, finance and audit professionals. Her training is filled with not just theory but real world application.


Ms. Fountain has authored three technical publications:

-Leading the Internal Audit Function 

-Raise the Red Flag

-Ethics and the Internal Auditor's political dilemma


Lynn is a recognized leader in the internal audit profession as well as a recognized business professional.  


Ms. Fountain obtained her BSBA from Pittsburg State University and her MBA from Washburn University in Kansas. She has active, current CPA, CGMA, and CRMA credentials.


https://www.lynnfountain.net/


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