Internal Controls (IC) are in place for a reason. They help maintain the control environment and establish efficient and effective processes. They also serve as a mitigation technique for identifying when processes have changed and when procedures need to be adjusted. In today’s business world, all personnel must understand the concept of internal control, how they should be utilized and their benefits. The purpose and value of internal controls are often misunderstood and misapplied by management. Internal controls should be viewed as a value-oriented activity that assists the organization in the effective execution of its objectives. Properly designed and executed controls are the key to ensuring this view. A previous course “The Manager’s Responsibility for Internal Control,” addressed these concepts at a higher level. This course further explores the types of ICs, how they can be properly utilized and the cost benefit considerations for implementation. Internal control is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the ement of objectives in the following areas: Effectiveness and efficiency of operations, Reliability of financial reporting, Compliance with applicable laws and regulations, Safeguarding assets
Introduction to identifying and implementing the proper balance of internal controls, Concepts, myths and facts of internal controls, Risks vs controls, Typical control types, Understanding controls and why they fail Framework for controls identification, Example
Explore basic concepts, myths and facts of Internal Controls (IC). Discover typical control types. Identify why controls fail. Identify a framework to develop the right balance of controls. Explore the differences between automated and manual controls and recognize the various testing processes.
Lynn Fountain has over 35 years of experience spanning public accounting, corporate accounting and consulting. 20 years of the experience has been spent working in the areas of internal and external auditing. She is a subject matter expert in multiple fields including internal audit, ethics, fraud evaluations, Sarbanes-Oxley, enterprise risk management, governance, financial management and compliance.
Ms. Fountain has held two Chief Audit Executive positions for international companies. She was a member of the senior leadership team for Aquila Inc. in Kansas City, MO, until the sale of the utility in 2008. At Aquila, she was responsible for Internal Audit, Enterprise Risk Management and Sarbanes-Oxley. She was an integral member of the senior leadership team that effectively executed the sale of the utility. Upon the close of Aquila, Ms. Fountain engaged in her own consulting and training business. During this time, she worked with several organizations to establish ERM, Sarbanes-Oxley and governance frameworks. In addition, she has developed and delivered leading edge training sessions on COSO, internal audit, ERM, accounting, leadership, governance, compliance and ethics.
In 2011, Ms. Fountain was the Chief Audit Executive for an international construction and engineering firm in Kansas City. In this role she was involved in the active investigation of a joint venture fraud. The investigation included work with the FBI and ultimately led to indictment of the perpetrators and recovery of $13M.
In 2012, Ms. Fountain returned to her consulting and training business. Along with her risk management, internal controls and financial accounting consulting work, she delivers training for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Institute of Internal Auditors, and multiple seminar and training groups. In addition, Ms. Fountain is affiliated with Empower Audit Training and Consulting.
Ms. Fountain is the author of two separate technical books released in 2015, The first entitled “Raise the Red Flag – The Internal Auditors Guide to Fraud Evaluations” was published by the Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation and released in April 2015. Her second book “Leading The Internal Audit Function” will be released in October 2015 by Auerbach Publications. This book serves as the initial launch for a series of leading practice internal audit and information technology publications. In addition, Ms. Fountain is a frequent blogger on the LinkedIn platform and has also had numerous articles published in professional and technical publications.
She has performed as an adjunct instructor for the School of Business for Grantham University and developed the first internal audit curriculum for the School of Business at the University of Kansas. Ms. Fountain obtained her BSBA from Pittsburg State University and her MBA from Washburn University in Kansas. She has her CGMA, CRMA credentials and CPA certificate.
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