Internal Audit Emerging Risks for 2021 and Beyond – Part 4
Part 4 of 4
This session is part four in our series on Internal Audit Focus and Emerging Risks for 2021 and Beyond. The world has changed. 2020 was an unprecedented year for all professions. Internal auditors were faced with a tremendous impact to their audit plans causing refocus and realignment of not just projects but resources. As a profession, internal auditors have traditionally focused on past events or as some would say, taking the “look in the rear view mirror. Most financial or accounting professionals can look at previous year data and tell management where past mistakes were made.
- Heightened Focus on Organizational Resilience
- Elevated Macro Environment Uncertainty
- Humanization vs. Dehumanization of the Workforce
- Cyber Vulnerabilities
- Business Continuity Disaster Recovery
- Talent Resilience
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Third-Party management
- Supply Chain management
- Data and Analytics
- Examine risk management and culture and evaluate methods internal audit can use to evaluate their organizational processes.
- Examine workforce management and workplace audit concepts and evaluate methods internal audit can use to evaluate their organizational processes.
- Examine corporate financial management concepts and evaluate methods internal audit can use to evaluate their organizational processes.
Delivery Method: Self-Study
Consultant, CPA, CGMA, CRMA, MBA, Past Chief Audit Executive
Business Consultant, Trainer, Author
Ms. Fountain has over 40 years of experience in the business profession, which includes public and industry accounting and over 20 years within internal and external auditing combined. She is a nationally recognized trainer and speaker and also a published author. She is a subject matter expert and specializes in Internal Audit, Sarbanes-Oxley, Enterprise Risk Management, Fraud, Governance and Compliance. Ms. Fountain has held two Chief Audit Executive positions for international companies. She currently performs consulting for companies on internal audit, risk management, internal controls, SSAE 18, financial reporting and accounting along with performing training. She has also been instrumental in the establishment of ERM, Sarbanes-Oxley and Governance frameworks.
Ms. Fountain has authored a publication for the Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation (IIARF) titled “Raise the Red Flag – The Internal Auditors Guide to Fraud Evaluations”. The publication will be released April 20, 2015. In addition, she is authoring a publication for Auerbach on “The Realities of performing the Chief Audit Executive Role”. The publication will be released in the Fall 2015. In addition, she has performed as an adjunct instructor for the School of Business for Grantham University and the School of Business at the University of Kansas.
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.