Recently, our organization's CEO asked me a question about Cybersecurity: "Are we spending enough time and money on preventing cyber-incidents from occurring at our organization?". Here's my response.         

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The Securities and Exchange Commission has taken action against several fraudsters over the past few days, including charges against a group of movie executives for making false claims about the construction of a movie studio and a man who is charged with registering several "blank check" companies.          

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Not all organizations are good at managing risk in a holistic way. It's easy for business units or functions that address risks to be guarded about their risk-management efforts or to reproduce what other parts of the company are already doing.

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Machine learning algorithms are permeating our world. With applications in banking, investing, social media, advertising, and crime prevention, to name a few, these 'little black boxes' are increasingly being used to inform and drive decisions about our lives and businesses.          

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Finding the right candidates to fill internal audit positions is getting more and more difficult. Which is why Thomas Sanglier, director of internal audit at Raytheon, has found a unique alternative.

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One of the top challenges facing internal audit departments today is finding the right people with the right set of skills. Internal audit executives say that getting good job candidates is difficult and finding people with the complete set of talents for the modern internal audit department is even harder.

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Just about every internal auditor will face an ethical dilemma or difficult situation at some point in their career. Among the toughest scenarios is when the CEO or other senior executive exerts pressures to suppress or change the results of an audit finding because it reflects poorly on management or some other aspect of the business.        

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There are several big challenges facing internal audit departments and still more facing the internal audit profession as a whole. Some of them represent opportunities as well as obstacles to overcome. The difficulty in filling internal audit positions with talented candidates, for example, has led to increases in pay for many internal auditors.          

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This year is sure to be one for the books for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement. By the end of June, there were more FCPA enforcement actions in 2016 than in all of 2015, and it doesn't appear that things will be slowing down anytime soon. The Fed's aggressive campaign against bribery and corruption rolls on.

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The Securities and Exchange Commission settled charges with oil services company Weatherford International that it inflated earnings by using deceptive income tax accounting. Two of the company's former senior accounting executives have also agreed to settle charges that they orchestrated the fraud.

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