Assurance & Risk

YOU are the weakest link: where are we going wrong with cyber security in Australia?

There is no doubt that the threat of cyber crime is on the rise

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What do you call an accountant with an opinion? An auditor. #AuditorProud

Today is #AuditorProud day. A little known celebration, in its second year, but one close to my heart as a proud audit geek – and since being appointed to the…

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Whistleblowing: should “doing the right thing” be rewarded?

It’s no secret that whistleblowing is a risky business. Historically, whistleblowers have had little protection from reprisal and even less incentive to come forward to “do the right thing”. However,…

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Priority Scam Alert – Supplier identity theft leading to fraudulent payment

Your organisation receives a call from a legitimate supplier inquiring as to why their invoice hasn’t been paid. This enquiry may be nothing out of the ordinary, until your organisation…

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Asbestos use in Australia – is it history?

The importation, use and recycling of asbestos was banned in Australia on 31 December 2003, following a phase out process which started with a ban on blue asbestos in 1967.…

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Australia not immune from the fraud plague – don’t be complacent, fraud is on the rise

If you think we live in a country relatively free from the fraud and corruption that plagues many parts of the world, a new KPMG survey might shake you up a little.

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Australian annual reports have cut the clutter but leave out important information

There is some good news and some not so good news in the state of Australian corporate reporting. KPMG International has just released a study of business reporting by 270 companies…

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In the 24 minute opinion cycle, reputational damage is as close as one tweet away

In 2013, damage to brand and reputation was nominated by the participants of Aon’s highly respected Annual Global Risk Management Survey as the eighth most important risk. By 2015 it…

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Balancing risk culture: the fine line between risking everything and risking nothing

When businesses make headlines for all the wrong reasons, it’s inevitable that questions are asked as to whether it can be blamed on the few transgressors or whether the failure…

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Under lock & key – top tips for safeguarding IP from the malicious insider

The launch of the Federal Government’s Cyber Security Strategy in April showed strong commitment to tackle cyber-crime.

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Failure is not an option when upgrading treasury software so try these quick tips

I have noticed an upswing in the number of organisations considering their future corporate treasury technology requirements. I suspect this trend is being driven by the expiration of treasury management…

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Shareholder Activism: a disruptive investment strategy growing in popularity

Activist investing is becoming increasingly popular as an investment strategy, driven by constrained top line growth prospects, challenged financial targets, and fear of value destroying mergers & acquisitions.

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Cyber security: from threat to opportunity, competition to collaboration

The Cyber Strategy recently announced by the Federal Government has rightly put the topic at the very top of the national agenda. After all, it’s not often that both the…

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