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Governance Risk and Compliance

Governance Risk and Compliance

In today's ever-expanding and shifting business environment, standards change, pronouncements are issued and best practices warrant well-versed resources to meet the evolving requirements. Armanino can assist with such services as SOX, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Internal Audits and more.

Enterprise Risk Management 

Risk often rises in tandem with change. For example, when external certifications are needed to promote business competency, a new business venture is pursued, special projects arise, or a key accounting, IT, or finance professional becomes unavailable for extended periods, an enterprise lacking in ERM can become vulnerable. 

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SOC Compliance 

The standard for outsourced processes includes three separate types of Service Organization Control (SOC) reports that address assurance for service organizations. For each type of SOC report, there is an accepted professional standard under which the audit will be performed. This allows for a common nomenclature when referring to reports going forward while allowing for a more frequent update of the professional standards.

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SOX Readiness 

There is increasing evidence that the state of a company’s internal control environment is something that the investment community is watching more closely. Studies continue to support the fact that financial restatements decline significantly for companies that have gone through the process of implementing SOX standards or improving their internal controls. 

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Internal Audit 

Countless years of of experience with operational and financial auditing, both in the US and internationally, have sharpened our auditing skills to the benefit of our clients. For many organizations, Internal Audit is a requisite element of the control environment. With the help of Armanino, the Internal Audit function can be upgraded to provide greater efficiencies with a positive effect to the bottom line. 

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System Security 

Is your network open to attack? Are you running unpatched applications? Are you up-to-date on the continual barrage of hackers? If you answered "No" or "I don't know" to any of these questions, your network is fair game. New holes in security are discovered and then immediately exploited to compromise networks around the world. Today's "secure" network is tomorrow's easy target. 

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Business Continuity 

A significant, sustained interruption of enterprise operations or information flow will have an adverse effect upon an organization. Developing a sound business continuity plan is crucial to preventing even a minor disruption from snowballing into a business catastrophe. An effective process model may prevent the emergence of a crisis. 

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Internal Controls 

Strong internal controls are a good business practice for all organizations, whether or not they are required to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX).  Armanino’s internal control specialists work with a wide range of public and private companies to create more effective internal control structures and improve operations. 

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