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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The Financial Crisis of 2008 cemented what many risk management experts have known for years: You can have an army of risk managers and all the sophisticated risk-management models and tools you like, but if there is something wrong with the culture of the organization and...

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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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It's hard to justify recruiting great talent, investing in training, and passing on company knowledge, only to find that those recruits eventually leave for competitors because they didn't feel engaged. It's a story we've heard before.

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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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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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Cash rebates, free media inventory rebates, mark ups from 30 to 90 percent, dual rate cards, and non-transparent business practices are all things that can keep senior audit managers and audit committee members of the board awake at night.

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Everyone knows that culture is set at the highest levels of the organization. We may all be tired of hearing about "tone at the top," but it's never been more important. Apart from influencing the culture of the organization as a whole, executives—especially the CEO—have a big role to play in setting the risk culture.

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