Audit & Risk

New risk management framework published

ALARM, the public sector risk management association, has published a competency framework to describe the skills and attributes needed to carry out risk management roles.

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The framework highlights specific competencies at each stage in the risk management process that may form a useful resource for internal auditors reviewing the effectiveness of risk management. 

A report by CASS Business School published on behalf of AIRMIC provides a study of major risk events: their origins, impact and implications. An executive summary and briefing is available from the AIRMIC website

The devastation of the earthquake in Japan this April took most people by surprise and few were prepared for the consequences. Businesses heavily reliant on the global supply chain found themselves without essential components. 

BSI has issued a free publication that illustrates the main ways standards can assist with business continuity and risk. Download the publication here. 

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Outside information

Once upon a time, internal auditors started life in accountancy or IT. However today’s IAs come from a much wider range of backgrounds. We asked a diverse handful of these new auditors about their motivations, the challenges and the opportunities inherent in the change, and what expectations they bring to the role.
Words: Wilma Tulloch
Illustration: Paul Blow

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