Risk Assurance Events Around the United States

Throughout the year, PwC professionals host and participate in various events, including conferences and issue-focused webcasts around the country. Please use the map below to select your location to see upcoming events and PwC contact information for your local market.

Archived webcasts:

PwC's 2014 State of the Internal Audit Profession
April 1, 2014

PwC Internal Audit Leader, Jason Pett, and Internal Audit Partners Michelle Hubble and John Tantillo provide an in-depth look at the latest trends and themes presented in our 2014 State of the Internal Audit Profession Study. In addition to discussing the highlights and results of the survey, the webcast features a panel of Internal Audit Stakeholders who will share their perspectives on risk and internal audit's role in helping companies manage the evolving risk landscape facing companies today, including Robert King, Chief Audit Executive, FedEx Corporation and John Fazio, Audit Committee Chair, Heidrick & Struggles.

The COSO Internal Control-Integrated Framework (“Framework”) is the foundation and standard for internal control within most organizations.
January 28th, 2013

This webcast replay will provide an overview of the new framework and an understanding of how GRC may be used to meet the organization’s internal control objectives. We will step through the components and principles of COSO and discuss how GRC will support and improve alignment to them. The components covered will include the control environment, risk assessment, control activities, information and communication and monitoring. Select approaches and examples will be highlighted to demonstrate how GRC can help facilitate an understanding of the control environment. We will provide real world examples that can potentially be adopted by attendees.

The Internal Audit Analytics Conundrum: Finding your path through data
December 5. 2013

A PwC Study revealed that CAE's understand the value of analytics in improving coverage, depth and quantification of issues, and a more continuous risk assessment process. Yet just 31 percent of Internal Audit functions use data analytics with any regularity. Advancements in analytical tools coupled with exponential growth of data are paving the way for companies to generate powerful, timely and indisputable insights and answers to questions on complex issues. Business management, risk and audit committees, boards, and even regulators use data analytics extensively to understand and monitor the business. As the risk landscape continues to change, Internal Audit functions that leverage a more quantitative, data-driven approach to identifying and assessing risk can have a dramatic effect on audit coverage, quality, efficiency and relevance.

What can your organization be doing to move the needle towards greater utilization of analytics? On this webcast PwC explores the opportunities that exist for Internal Audit functions to capture the widespread and known benefits data analytics has to offer.

Gain control of your journal entries: Effective techniques for optimizing manual journal entries in SAP
November 5, 2013

Find out how to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your journal entry process using the right combination of controls and GRC technology.

This webcast replay will help you understand why controlling journals in SAP is a difficult task and there is no "magic bullet" or "one size fits all" approach. You will learn leading practice options for controlling journal entries in SAP, including effective access, configuration, workflow and continuous monitoring. Real life examples about how companies have implemented effective governance and monitoring over the journal entry process leveraging SAP functionality in tandem with GRC tools are discussed.

This webcast replay will provide you with techniques to:

  1. Understand the financial posting tables in SAP (BKPF and BSEG) and how to best leverage the data within for your journal entry process.
  2. Identify the five commonly used elements to identify manual journal entry populations - transaction codes, document types, business transactions, user types, and GL account settings.
  3. Define control solution options for best mitigation of journal entry risk including combinations of access, configuration, and manual controls.
  4. Leverage real life examples about how companies have implemented effective governance and monitoring over the journal entry process leveraging SAP functionality in tandem with GRC tools such as Process Controls and Fraud Management.

Kick provisioning into overdrive: Streamline user provisioning with GRC 10 - IdM integration
September 24, 2013

Considering the integration of GRC 10 with your Identity Management (IdM) solution? The potential benefits are significant in terms of compliance, efficiency, and automation. However, a successful integration initiative also presents numerous decisions and challenges. Delivering the optimal solution requires inputs and alignment from your business, IT and compliance stakeholders. Gathering requirements from a diverse stakeholder base can be challenging, and building a scalable, sustainable solution requires a strong knowledge of the functionality and capabilities of both GRC and your IdM solution. Learn more about the process to integrate GRC with IdM. We will also walk through case studies of multiple integration models, to help you make the right decision and deliver the optimal, integrated solution.

This webcast replay will provide you with techniques to:

  1. Evaluate whether integrating GRC and IdM is the right decision for your organization and help you build a business case for an IdM integration initiative by providing a better understanding of the integration process and options.
  2. Reduce the total cost of ownership of SAP access management by driving automation and business ownership of key SAP access provisioning processes through the integrated GRC and IdM
  3. Understand additional automated provisioning benefits realized from effective provisioning process design and SAP role structure.
  4. Leverage the strengths and functionality of GRC and IDM to meet and exceed stakeholder requirements
  5. Understand compliance benefits achieved by integrating and automating key compliance activities with GRC and IDM solution

Preparing today for risks on the horizon
How internal audit can help manage banking industry risks

September 24, 2013

Regulatory expectations for strong compliance governance in the banking sector continue to evolve. Sovereign debt levels and monetary policy threaten confidence and growth and historic low rates continue to put pressure on margins. PwC Internal Audit Practitioners discuss the current risks facing the banking industry and how internal audit can help facilitate preparedness for future risks.

SAP Fraud Management with HANA: An Advanced Solution for Transaction Monitoring and Fraud Detection
July 30, 2013

Fraud is everywhere, and it's not going away. The Association for Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) estimates that 5% of all corporate revenues are lost to fraud, and the vast majority of those losses are never detected or recovered. In addition the SEC and the US Department of Justice have stepped up their efforts to root out and punish organizations that don't do their part to prevent fraud. This leads many organizations to question how well they're dealing with this monumental problem. SAP's Fraud Management on HANA solution may be the answer you're looking for as it can help your organization do more surveillance with less effort.

This webcast replay will provide you with techniques to:

  • Articulate the regulatory and operational challenges associated with managing fraud
  • Enhance fraud management and error detection efforts utilizing highly tuned and tailored analytics
  • Understand the functions and features of SAP's Fraud Management on HANA solution
  • Go past fraud and root out errors, inefficiencies in processing, breaches of policy, and other drains on your business’s profitability

BCM 2022: 'Where We've Been; Where We're Going'
July 24, 2013

In the last decade risk management professionals have kept up with the rapid pace of change brought on by a global economic crisis, a handful of catastrophic natural and man-made crisis, and the emergence of disruptive technology, such as cloud computing and social media. These factors have influenced and redirected the focus on how companies approach and address business continuity management.

This webcast replay features PwC Business Continuity leader, Phil Samson and PwC Advisory manager, Lynne Silverstein, who discuss the Business Continuity Insights survey, launched in June 2013. They will also provide insight on the broader trends of recent changes in BCM and what challenges companies may face going forward, especially as they relate to:

  • Crisis management / social media
  • BCM methodology
  • Third party resiliency

GRC Target Operating Model: The 9 key areas to support a successful Governance, Risk and Compliance program
June 11, 2013

Are you maximizing the ROI on your GRC investment? Do you think there are inefficiencies in your compliance program? Whether you are just starting out on your GRC journey, or are years in, let us help you make sure you have thought about the long term sustainability and optimization of your people, processes, technology and more. We’ve established the concept of the GRC Target Operating Model to ensure your GRC solutions are just as agile as your business is, while they provide the structure for maximum efficiency and benefit to your organization.

The PwC SAP Team will provide you with techniques to enable you to:

  • Design an effective GRC technology solution by establishing a target operating model
  • Explore the 9 key principles of the GRC target operating model – a model that provides a view of what the future processes, roles, responsibilities, tasks, and systems will look like geographically and functionally
  • Understand ways to integrate GRC technology into multiple organization structures, while practically leveraging the use of the multi-compliance framework
  • How to deploy and regularly review the 9 principles so that you have the right personnel and technology in place to adapt to organizational and compliance change