Internal controls are more important than ever, and their importance increases seemingly daily. However, internal controls present a challenge for many smaller organizations. In this program, you will learn how to evaluate, develop, and implement an effective internal control structure in a small business environment. You will identify how to assess risk in smaller organizations and implement preventive, detective, deterrent, and compensating controls to mitigate these risks, even without proper segregation of duties. Additionally, by participating in this program, you will learn technology-focused techniques for preventing and detecting fraud and securing information systems and sensitive data.
For small organizations, maintaining an effective system of internal controls presents a significant challenge. Implementing many of the theoretical concepts surrounding internal controls may not be possible in some cases. Consequently, many small businesses' current internal control structure fosters an environment in which too much risk is present. This factor, coupled with the presence of uncontrolled information systems, can often lead to disastrous results. Participate in this program to learn the necessary insights and tools to design, implement, and monitor effective internal controls, security, and anti-fraud measures in small organizations.
Cite internal control fundamentals, including definitions and concepts, types of internal control activities, and the need for internal controls
Identify common small business control deficiencies and issues, including concentration of ownership and inadequate segregation of duties, and list five key risk areas for small businesses
Recognize the common types of fraud schemes occurring in small business and implement internal control measures to reduce the threat of becoming a victim
List the objectives and common deficiencies of small business accounting systems
Define the purpose of general controls and list examples of common general controls in small businesses
Identify relevant internal control procedures over revenues, cash, purchasing, payables, payroll, inventory, and fixed assets in small businesses
Implement technology tools to prevent and detect occupational fraud
List opportunities to enhance security over information systems and sensitive data
Define alternative control procedures and describe their significance in small businesses