Internal Audit & Control

SEC Fines R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. $2.1 Million for Cybersecurity Control Failures

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (RRD), a global provider of business communication and marketing services, has agreed to pay over $2.1 million to settle charges related to cybersecurity control failures. The case, however, has ignited a debate about the SEC's interpretation and application of internal accounting controls regulations.

PCAOB to Consider New Auditing Standard and Amendments at June 12 Open Meeting

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) has announced an open meeting on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. ET, where it will consider crucial proposals and amendments to strengthen auditing standards and professional conduct rules.

The Imperative for Robust Technology in Internal Audit

While Microsoft Office tools like Word, Excel, and Outlook are ubiquitous in businesses, relying solely on these manual methods for internal audit processes is highly inefficient and risky. Most organizations still use scattered documents, spreadsheets, emails, and SharePoint sites to manage audits, risk assessments, compliance activities, and other internal audit (IA) functions. However, this outdated approach has major drawbacks that can undermine IA effectiveness.

PCAOB Adopts Revamped Quality Control Standard to Enhance Audit Quality

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) today approved a new quality control standard aimed at driving significant improvements in the systems used by audit firms to promote high-quality audits. The landmark standard replaces outdated quality control requirements developed before the PCAOB's creation and establishes a modern, risk-based approach.

PCAOB Sanctions Three Auditors for Audit Failures

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) announced settled disciplinary orders against two former partners of Liggett & Webb, P.A. and an engagement quality reviewer for violations of auditing standards and rules. The violations occurred during audits of the 2019 and 2020 financial statements of Innovative Food Holdings, Inc. and Luvu Brands, Inc.

Survey Reveals Growing Trends in Internal Audit Profession: Budgets, Remote Work, and Sustainability

The Internal Audit Foundation has released its annual North American Pulse of Internal Audit report, offering critical insights into the state of the internal audit profession. Based on survey responses from 448 Chief Audit Executives (CAEs) and directors, the report sheds light on key trends shaping the industry in 2024.

PCAOB Fines PwC $2.75 Million for Quality Control Violations Relating to Independence

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) has issued a disciplinary order against PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), imposing a civil money penalty of $2.75 million for violations of PCAOB quality control standards concerning auditor independence. This decision follows an investigation into deficiencies in PwC's quality control policies and procedures, which failed to ensure timely consultation on complex independence issues.