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Internal Auditor Recognizes Outstanding Student

Union (Tenn.) University master’s candidate wins magazine scholarship

Daniel ReganLAKE MARY, Fla. (Nov. 3, 2017) — Internal Auditor magazine, the world’s premier publication for the internal audit profession, announced today that it awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Daniel Regan, a master’s candidate at Union University in Jackson, Tenn.

Regan received the scholarship for his essay, “The Challenge of Ethically Handling Data,” which explores the risks related to data management and theft and internal audit’s role in assuring adequate controls are in place.

“There are growing concerns regarding privacy rights as they relate to how data is collected, used, and retained,” Regan wrote. “The use of data is not always clear upon collection, which creates an enormous challenge. . . . [Internal audit can] provide suggestions to mitigate identified risks and build trusted relationships, such as establishing formal requirements for addressing privacy obligations.”

Regan’s essay was chosen from among a number of submissions that addressed the question: “What are the ethical issues that can arise in an organization’s collection, use, and analysis of data?” You can read his full essay at

The essay contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students globally and challenges applicants to examine important topics covering six aspects of the profession, from internal audit’s use of data analytics to the risks and opportunities associated with the internet of things. The essays are judged as blind submissions, with winners chosen by a panel of five internal audit professionals from The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Publications Advisory Committee, Academic Relations Committee, and Committee of Research and Academic Advisors.

The IIA supports internal audit career opportunities for college students through its Internal Audit Academic Awareness Program and the Internal Auditing Education Partnership (IAEP).

For additional information on the scholarship program, go to Completed scholarship application forms and essays should be submitted to

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John Babinchak