Be a Revenue Enhancer, not an Overhead Cost



Cora Bullock

Assistant Editor, Fraud Magazine

The recession has dramatically changed our lives, and it has undoubtedly affected internal auditing. Danny Goldberg, CPA, CIA, CISA, CGEIT, CCSA, national professional development practice director of Sunera, addressed just how much it has affected IA in his Tuesday breakout session, "Evolution of Auditing: How the Recession Is Changing the Industry." He summarized the IA changes by saying, "Don’t be an overhead cost. Be a revenue-enhancer. My CIO at my old job didn’t see the innate value in internal auditing. Once I saved him money, he did."

Internal auditors are still valuable, but not only do they need to continue to do more with less, they also must become revenue enhancers by working inside the organization to cut costs and help the company become more efficient and effective. The nattily dressed Goldberg gave many tips on how to do so, including enterprise risk management (ERM). He pointed out that ERM was very popular in the mid-2000s because we were prosperous then, and it's becoming increasingly popular so companies can cover their rears, so to speak. "If you're in IA, you need to get into ERM," said Goldberg. "ERM will raise your profile in your company."

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) was another hot button. "We need to use our SOX knowledge to leverage into other areas of the company. If you haven’t done that, then we're wasting our SOX knowledge, guys!" he exclaimed.

Goldberg also said that there is still significant segregation between operations and IT, but he believes that audit and IT risk assessment should be combined: "You can't audit a division without knowing their IT systems." And different groups are doing different testing, but we need to learn to integrate our audits.

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