Leveraging Internal Audit Data Analytics in Unusual Places: Acquisitions

During the due diligence for an acquisition target, Internal Audit was invited to participate in the due diligence. We needed to perform a financial and operation audit as the target not publically traded and the executives felt we needed our own independent verification of the financial information being provided to us. Additionally, the board wanted an estimated budget for getting the acquisition target – a private company – Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliant.   As a CISA and member of the corporate audit team I was asked to provide some guidance for IT SOX controls.  It was my first acquisition due diligence, so while I was a bit hesitant I was very excited to experience something new. Once onsite at the target company Read More

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