Category: Advisory

Internal Audit: Preventing Fraud through Travel & Expense Reimbursement Audits

By Kristen Ocampo, CPA, Senior Internal Auditor Travel & Expense (T&E) reimbursement fraud can have a significant impact on your organization. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ 2022 Report to the Nations found the average loss from an expense reimbursement scheme was $152,000. The report, which is based on a worldwide survey of Certified Fraud…

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Obtaining Cyber Insurance For Your Organization

By Darren Hulem, CISA, CEH, Security+, Supervisor, IT and Risk & Advisory Services As cyberattacks grow in frequency and complexity, organizations are asking, “Is Cyber Insurance worth it?” The short answer is “Absolutely!” Before contacting an insurance company, we recommend some research and due diligence to position your organization for reasonable rates. Coverages can vary…

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Survey Highlights Pace and Complexity of Risks for Nonprofits

Enterprise risk management is becoming more common in the not-for-profit sector, but recent research finds that risk management practices are not keeping pace with the increased complexity of risks for nonprofits. On July 12, 2022, the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Initiative at NC State University published the 13th edition of its annual State of Risk…

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An Incident Response Plan Prepares You for a Ransomware Attack

By Darren Hulem, Senior IT and Risk Analyst An exponential increase in the number of ransomware attacks in 2021 has many businesses and nonprofits wondering whether they are next. In recent months, well-known ransomware victims made headlines when they elected to pay the ransom to quickly recover data and return to normal operations. Is your…

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Board Assessments Help Nonprofits Thrive During Challenging Times

With COVID-19 threatening to remain a significant operational challenge for nonprofit organizations through 2021, it is tempting to put other initiatives on the back burner. It may seem counterintuitive, but now is the ideal time to revisit your Board of Directors (Board) and determine if the organization is not only compliant, but also operating optimally….

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Future-Ready your Accounting Department with a Strategic Move to the Cloud

By Yevgeniy Sukhenko, Senior Controller, Outsourced Accounting & Advisory Services The COVID-19 pandemic only accelerated the inevitable for accounting departments around the globe. In March 2020, businesses and nonprofits moved to the cloud quickly and abruptly, whether the organization was ready or not. The days of operating an accounting department with only software housed on…

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Next Steps for Organizations Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

Key Considerations and Tools for Planning a Safe and Productive Return to Workplace Guide   By Melissa Musser, Principal, Risk & Advisory Services Many state and local governments are making plans to open businesses and get the economy moving again. For organizations that have closed their offices and storefronts to work remotely since mid-March, there…

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Continuity of Operations Considerations for Nonprofits during a Pandemic

Business Continuity Plans (BCP) are important part of risk management and can include scenarios such as pandemics like the coronavirus, government shutdowns, natural disasters and cyberattacks. Risk management planning for a pandemic involves identifying risks and assessing the impact and developing mitigation strategies to manage risks. If your nonprofit does not have a plan in…

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Elements of Successful Nonprofit Cybersecurity

By Darren Hulem, IT & Risk Analyst Nonprofits are more reliant on technology than ever before to deliver on their mission. The integration of digital technology into all aspects of the organization, or digital transformation, provides a number of new opportunities, but it also provides the possibility for additional security issues. Not only are there…

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The Bow Tie Method Addresses Risk Holistically

By Jay Mui, PMP, MBA | Supervisor, Risk & Advisory Services Well if you are being literal, 17th century Croatian mercenaries would use a scarf to hold together the openings at the neck of their shirts. King Louis XIII, a great employer of these mercenaries, so enjoyed and promoted this look that it soon became…

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