Think financial executives are most worried about cyber-security risks or the mounting new regulations they must navigate? Think again.

While those are certainly big concerns, financial executives are, from a compliance and audit perspective, most worried about something much more mundane: internal controls over financial reporting. 

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Several studies have pointed recently to a shortage of skilled internal auditors. Some commentators have even referred to the difficulty organizations are having filling job openings and the competition for capable internal auditors as a “war for talent.”

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ISIS and other terror groups are attacking Europe and creating chaos in the ordered life of cities. Paris experienced loss of life and business disruption when multiple locations were attacked in 2015 by well-armed terrorists.

Now in 2016, Exercise City Attack provides a technical briefing on emerging physical and cyber capabilities of terrorists for participation and discussion by delegates at the CISO Europe Summit in Denmark.

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There are now serious threats to business sustainability from breaches in building control systems through unauthorised access to business communications, to strategic meetings and decisions of senior executives, the secrets of business systems, valuable intellectual property or to clients themselves.

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In this podcast, Joseph McCafferty, head of audit content at the MIS Training Institute, sits down with Jose Tabuena, a former internal auditor and compliance executive at various companies including Orion Health and Texas Health Resources, to talk about the role of internal audit in influencing and shaping corporate culture.

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A group of global investors is hoping that convincing companies to adopt good governance standards—and avoid making decisions that provide a quick pop but don’t support long-term goals—can be a lucrative proposition.

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There are now serious threats to business sustainability from breaches in building control systems through unauthorised access to business communications, to strategic meetings and decisions of senior executives, the secrets of business systems, valuable intellectual property or to clients themselves.

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Last Friday, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s whistleblower office announced an important first: It revealed the only award to date for aiding in the prosecution of securities fraud paid to an individual who had never worked at the company in question.

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You’ve heard the jokes, I’m sure: “How do you tell an extroverted accountant? He’s the one that looks at your shoes when he’s talking to you.”

The idea that accountants and, by association, auditors are introverts is, of course, a long-standing trope born in the days of the back-office bean counter. 

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Now in its 10th successive year, MIS Training Institute’s Audit, Risk & Governance Africa conference, which included the 5th Fraud, Corruption & Investigations Africa Summit and Cyber Crime Africa Summit, is renowned for its continued support and capacity building of Africa’s Audit and Governance community. 

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