Assurance & Risk

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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Cyber Security – not just for nerds but for the nation

The reported breach of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology computer systems in December last year brought cyber security clearly into the public psyche and the vulnerability of even our most robust systems.

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Privacy vs security? Where do we draw the boundary line

In February, the closing plenary of the National Security College cyberspace symposium was held at the ANU. In the immediate wake of the U.S. court decision ordering Apple to disable…

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Is the Internet of Things about to control the planet?

Apparently it’s no accident that Skynet in the Terminator movies choose 2017 to destroy the human race by launching Genisys, a global operating system designed to trick consumers into handing…

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Cyber security: Many Australian CEOs yet to join up the dots

Disconnects are common in the business world. If they weren’t, share markets would move in a straight line and entrepreneurs would have a hard time making money from the next big thing.

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