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With the right investment, an internal audit can do much more than just prepare your organization for an external audit, acquisition or public offering. An intentional approach can yield strategic benefits by providing useful insights, identifying competitive advantages and protecting your company’s assets.
But investing resources in internal audit can be a tough sell to your board’s audit committee. They need to know exactly how this investment will pay off in terms of reducing risk and increasing opportunities.
These key risks and opportunities can help your audit committee see the power and potential of internal audit.
Risk: Internal controls
One of the most common use cases for internal audit is ensuring that internal controls are working effectively. This gives you a baseline idea of your company’s financial health before you begin an external audit. It will also help you identify areas of improvement that could reduce compliance risk.
Internal audits can monitor employees for suspicious or risky behavior, which helps you identify and prevent potential missteps or fraud before they happen. Performing penetration testing and looking for proper credentialing and system access are also important.
Risk: Strategic threats
Internal audit is a critical support system for your enterprise risk management program. Audits can offer visibility into whether you’ve identified and managed risks relating to strategic goals, helping you to stay on track. Regular auditing may also reveal new or emerging risks that were previously unidentified.
Taking the next step with internal audit
Properly developed, an internal audit function offers multiple benefits to the organization beyond simple compliance, reducing strategic threats and creating opportunities by increasing efficiency and competitive advantage.
With innovations like robotic process automation and access to our highly trained team, your organization can experience better workflow, leverage deep and diverse skills and increase risk management effectiveness.
This article was written by RSM US LLP and originally appeared on 2023-06-26.
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