As a profession, internal auditors look to the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Standards to provide guidance on how to most effectively execute their fiduciary role. Part One of this series introduced the overall Standards, Mandatory Guidelines, Core Principles, Code of Ethics and Attribute Standards. These are important concepts that internal auditors, management and the board should understand. These guidelines provide the foundation for the profession and are written to ensure effectiveness and consistency in the execution of internal auditing.
This segment will focus on two elements of the Performance Standards which include: managing the internal audit function and the nature of work considered within the realm of internal auditing. Each of these components are critical to the effective execution of internal audit’s responsibilities.
Requirements for managing internal audit extend far beyond managing a specific project or individual audit. It includes management of the entire audit process from development through to execution and reporting. It also includes:
When examining the nature of work of internal audit, the Institute of Internal Auditors Standards outline three very critical areas that internal auditors should be engaged with. These include:
Inherently, most individuals within management understand the requirements around internal audit’s evaluation of controls, but many struggle with how or if internal audit should be involved in risk management and governance activities.
This course delves deeper into managing the internal audit activity and the challenges that may be faced along with properly identifying internal audit's nature of work. The participant will come away with an appreciation for the intent of the Standards and a recognition of alternatives to promoting the value oriented activities internal audit can provide to an organization.
Review Questions: Applying the Standards for Internal Auditors in Line with Your Organization's Needs - Part Two: Managing Internal Audit and Nature of Work
FINAL EXAM: Applying the Standards for Internal Auditors in Line with Your Organization's Needs - Part Two: Managing Internal Audit and Nature of Work
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Ms. Fountain has over 30 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, 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 developed and delivered leading edge training sessions on COSO, Internal Audit, ERM, Accounting, Leadership, Governance, Compliance and Ethics. She has numerous recorded webinars on Illumeo dot com.
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 her CGMA, CRMA credentials and CPA certificate.