Commentary: Sweep of 7-Eleven stores highlights need for I-9 compliance | Labor lawyers eager to settle as landscape shifts | GAO to examine storm risk at Superfund sites
January 18, 2018
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Commentary: Controls, culture are key points in compliance audits
Assessments of a company's culture and controls are essential components of a meaningful program for auditing compliance, Michael Volkov writes. Internal audit and the chief compliance officer can work together to implement testing protocols as part of a transparent audit process, Volkov writes.
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Commentary: Sweep of 7-Eleven stores highlights need for I-9 compliance
The Department of Homeland Security's recent raids of 100 7-Eleven stores illustrate the importance of staying compliant with Form I-9 requirements to ascertain employees' authorization to work in the US, lawyer Montserrat Miller writes. "Keys to ensuring compliance with the Form I-9 requirements include internal audits, training, preparation and having a plan in place," Miller writes.
Workforce online (1/15) 
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Reduce the cost of your organization's SOX compliance.
Staying compliant with the Sarbanes Oxley Act is becoming more challenging, as regulators' expectations constantly increase.This eBook reviews the current climate of SOX compliance and steps you can take to establishing a cost-effective method to safeguarding your organization. Download eBook >>
Risk & Compliance
Labor lawyers eager to settle as landscape shifts
The 10 biggest employment-related class-action lawsuits last year ended in settlements totaling $2.72 billion, and workplace litigators are riding the wave before more business-friendly leadership takes over in the Labor Department, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other agencies. Paul DeCamp, a lawyer at Epstein Becker & Green who represents employers, said, "Cases that plaintiffs' counsel felt very strongly about and seemed more bullish and willing to go to trial, since the election they were more eager to settle those cases."
Bloomberg (free registration) (1/16) 
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GAO to examine storm risk at Superfund sites
The storm that swamped Houston last year and other major hurricanes have spurred the Government Accountability Office to launch an investigation into the threat posed by similar devastation affecting Superfund sites. Democratic legislators asked the GAO to identify which sites are most at risk from disasters, the nature of those risks and how the Environmental Protection Agency may deal with them given planned budget cuts.
U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press (1/5),  The Hill (1/5) 
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Fraud & Ethics
Stellar Lumen the latest cryptocurrency to be targeted by hackers
A hacker on Saturday hijacked BlackWallet's server, stealing $400,000 in Stellar Lumen cryptocurrency from user accounts. The creator of BlackWallet has advised users to move their currencies to a new wallet while the incident is investigated.
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Join a Timely Conversation
The upward mobility of women in the workplace has improved over the years, but there is still a lot of work to do. The IIA encourages men and women alike to join the conversation on this important issue by registering for the 2018 Women in Internal Audit Leadership Forum on March 14th in Las Vegas. Register Today
Patches, network monitoring critical with Meltdown, Spectre
Organizations should apply security patches immediately to mitigate the effects of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, then focus on effective network monitoring and detection control, writes CSO's J.M. Porup. Patches are usually worthwhile even with the expected decline in processor performance, notes Ed Bellis, chief technology officer at Kenna Security.
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Chief data officers move beyond compliance
Chief data officers in the US are moving beyond simply meeting compliance goals and are using data to drive efficiencies. European companies have been slower to embrace the CDO role.
Bloomberg Professional Services (1/17) 
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Survey: Data breach concerns rise among chief information security officers
Data breach concerns remain high among chief information security officers, with 67% saying their companies will be breached or attacked in 2018, an Opus Global survey has found. A majority of respondents say they are more concerned about breaches than they were a year earlier, while also expressing worries over a "lack of competent in-house staff" and "careless employees."
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (1/11) 
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Add to Your ERM Toolkit.
How well has your organization's ERM approach kept pace with the vast changes in the business environment over the last decade? In his latest book, Managing Risk in Uncertain Times, author and ERM expert Paul Sobel explains how to use the recently updated COSO ERM Framework as an evaluation tool to see where your organization stands. Preorder your copy today!
Professional Development
What should internal auditors do when the empire strikes back?
What should internal auditors do when the empire strikes back?
Chambers (The IIA)
"The vast majority of internal audit engagements are positive and constructive," writes IIA President and CEO Richard Chambers. "Yet, try as they might, internal auditors will sometimes find themselves on the receiving end of management's wrath." Chambers offers a few recommendations for how internal auditors can work to diffuse management's rancor.
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IIA News
New book: Get in front of the COSO ERM framework updates
Risk management has evolved greatly since COSO's original ERM Framework in 2004 -- so much so that COSO recently issued a new framework. The IIA Bookstore's new release, "Managing Risk in Uncertain Times," helps readers understand the implications of the changes. Pre-orders are now being accepted.
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Just announced: World Economic Forum's Young Global Leader to keynote
in Dubai
Digital transformation and new technology are hot topics in the world today. How will they affect business, society and global markets? Claudia Olsson, founder and CEO of Exponential AB, will join The IIA's 2018 International Conference to discuss this, future trends, leadership and governance. Learn more.
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