Hindsight Is Easy, Looking Ahead Is Much More Difficult

Alex Malley | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
Alex Malley

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. With it anyone can appear to have insight into the complexities of markets, of trends that have emerged and of issues that have shaped the world. The much more rewarding and difficult task is seeing the warning signs and acting on them before the trouble strikes.

Your Integrity Blindspot - 5 Ways to Give Misconduct No Place to Hide

Ian Beale | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK
Ian Beale

Misconduct continues to plague organisations around the globe in both the private and public sectors. We all read about incidents in the news where mi...

Why Auditors Must Re-Focus on Information Risks

Ian Beale | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK
Ian Beale

Given the numerous data breaches and the revelation of the Heartbleed Bug over the course of the last few months, I want to revisit a topic we discussed back in February: information security risk. In today's all-digital world, information security is a risk that threatens firms of all sizes.

10 Steps to Turn Self-Reporting Into Reality, Not Just Wishful Thinking

Ian Beale | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK
Ian Beale

Do your managers routinely self-report control issues or do they still have the 'let's wait and see if the audit team finds it' attitude? The constan...

The 'Risk Ready' Workforce: Three Ways to Build a Strong Corporate Culture

Ian Beale | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK
Ian Beale

If poor employee behaviour is the most frequent root cause of misconduct, what can audit do to remediate the problem?

Data Overload: How Are You Managing Your Information Risk?

Ian Beale | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Tech
Ian Beale

As businesses seek new avenues for growth, creative uses of information are central to their strategies, and increasingly a source of competitive advantage. So much so that companies are now using the lexicon of "information management" as opposed to "technology management."

The Top Emerging Risks for 2014 - Part Two

Ian Beale | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Ian Beale

The accelerating pace of business change and intensifying regulatory scrutiny are the key macro-trends that will continue to affect companies over the next 12 to 24 months. These Hot Spots provide a solid framework for addressing the key risk areas that could have significant consequences for businesses' performance.

The Top Emerging Risks for 2014

Ian Beale | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK
Ian Beale

As the New Year begins and businesses start implementing their plans for growth, being able to identify new trends in emerging risk areas that threaten to derail enterprise performance over the next 12 months is imperative.

Mandatory Tendering of UK Audits - A Better Approach Was Missed

Richard Leblanc | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK
Richard Leblanc

Make no mistake: this is a major change and will shake up the cozy relationships some audit firms may have with their clients. Even this change is more significant than what was expected (I would have predicted 9-12 years). The Competition Commission is serious.

What Happened to ESA?

Stef Benstead | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

To retrain and re-evaluate all Atos assessors, as the DWP has required Atos to do, is a big task. To train new assessors in a different company, as the DWP has also said will occur as the DWP is procuring additional providers, is also a big task.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Barack Obama Vs Nigel Farage

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Thursday 10th January 2013... 1) BARACK OBAMA VS NIGEL FARAGE Yesterday, it was Richard Branson and a bunch...

'Full And Frank': Has The Coalition's Audit Had A Polish?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

The government's much anticipated mid-term audit has been criticised for failing to provide the "completely unvarnished" assessment of the coalition t...

Hanging On The Taxman's Telephone

PA | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK

The taxman has been condemned for delays in answering phone calls that have been costing callers £136 million a year. The National Audit Office (N...

UK Economy 'Likely To Be Declared In Recession'

PA | Posted 13.02.2012 | UK

The UK economy is likely to be declared in recession, according to professional services firm BDO, after a survey of companies' turnover hopes fell fo...