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​Internal Auditor Conference Sets Tone for 21st Century

75th Anniversary celebration offers chance to reflect on past, envision future

NEW YORK (July 13, 2016) — The annual Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) International Conference takes on added significance this year as more than 2,500 practitioners from around the globe gather to reflect on The IIA’s 75-year history and imagine the profession’s future.

Any look back at changes in the profession since The IIA’s founding in 1941 must acknowledge not just a dramatic evolution in the work of practitioners but also the significant role they can play in modern business strategy and organizational success.

From serving primarily as an assurance provider on financial reporting, regulatory compliance, and good governance, internal audit is increasingly being asked to step into advisory roles on business processes, risk management, and emerging risk areas.

“More and more, leaders in the C-suite and the boardroom view internal audit as an integral guide through the dynamic and volatile worldof business risks,” said IIA Global Chairman Larry Harrington, CIA, QIAL, CRMA. “Yet, we know there is much work to be done on our part if we are to deliver the insight and foresight our stakeholders demand and deserve.”

The conference theme, “Internal Audit Rising . . . 75 Years of Progress Through Sharing,” reflects the evolution of the profession and its continued advancement toward becoming a trusted adviser to management and the board.

The conference, July 17-20 at the Javits Center, includes 70 educational sessions in 10 subject tracks that will help practitioners prepare for the future. The IIA also will unveil a series of reports during the conference that identify how boards, audit committees and the internal audit function can better their working relationships to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and success.

Additionally, a new report in the Global Perspectives and Insights series, “Internal Audit as Trusted Cyber Adviser,” will be released at the conference. The report examines the steps heads of internal audit can take to position internal audit as a trusted cyber adviser, including enhancing cybersecurity knowledge and awareness, focusing on cyber resiliency, and building the right skills on the internal audit team.