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Internal Control Management by Design, Houston


Blueprint for an Effective, Efficient & Agile Internal Control Management Program


Internal control management has become a critical foundation for corporate governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC). The correct controls that are operationally effective are the linchpin to assure that the organization can reliably achieve objectives while addressing uncertainty and acting with integrity. As organizations mature their approach to internal control management they are seeing more intersections with risk, compliance, and audit processes which require a more thorough strategy for managing controls in the context of the organization. Controls are critical throughout business strategies, operations, and processes. Reactive and stovepiped approaches to internal controls management leave the organization not seeing the big picture of how controls interrelate with each other, risks, and compliance obligations. This means the organization wastes resources on managing controls as separate assessments and projects instead of as an integrated whole. Defining strategy, managing operations, and addressing organization change requires agility in internal control management to provide assurance to boards, executives, GRC professionals, as well as the line of business. As business becomes increasingly complex in a changing business and risk environment – that struggles with growing regulations, globalization, and distributed operations – organizations need a blueprint for effective, efficient and agile internal control management. This requires organizations to design internal management into the organization as an integrated part of strategy and operations supported by an integrated internal control information architecture that allows organizations to have a 360° situational awareness of internal controls in context of business strategy and operations.

This workshop provides a blueprint for attendees on effective internal control management strategies in a dynamic business and risk environment. Attendees learn internal control management strategies and techniques that can be applied across the organization and as part of broader GRC strategies.

Through lectures, collaboration with peers and workshop tasks, you will obtain a blueprint for an effective, efficient, and agile internal control management program—that suits your organization. Aside from concrete internal control management strategies and techniques that you can apply in your organization, you will also earn 7 CPE credits by attending.

If you’re a change agent who is interested in organizational transformation within your department, this workshop is designed for you.

What are the benefits of attending?

  • Understand a top-down as well as a bottom-up approach to internal control management
  • Implement internal control management in the context of business strategy, process, and operations
  • Explore internal control management architecture models and how they apply to your organization
  • Discover various internal control assessment and monitoring techniques and how they apply to your business
  • Develop an internal control information architecture that aligns with your business operations and processes
  • Effectively communicate and gather attestation on internal controls across your organizations
  • Earn 7 CPE credits

Who should attend?

  • This session is designed for forward-thinking internal audit, internal control, risk, compliance, or finance leaders who are responsible for leading, managing and providing assurance over internal controls.

How much does it cost?

  • The workshop is free to attend! All attendees will participate in lectures, workshop tasks, and networking sessions with their peers throughout the day. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments during breaks will all be provided.


Part 1

What is Internal Control Management?
Understanding Internal Controls in the Context of the Organization

  • Different views of internal control throughout the organization
  • Who owns internal controls?
  • Understanding internal controls and its role in assurance to business strategy, objectives, performances, and operations
  • Workshop Project & Discussion

Morning Break

Part 2

Federated Internal Control Management
Blueprint for Internal Control Management Collaboration and Strategy

  • Developing an internal control committee (or herding cats), bringing together the range of GRC roles in the organization
  • Defining an internal control management charter
  • Developing a collaborative and enterprise view of internal controls and how it relates to performance, risk, and compliance
  • Workshop Project & Discussion

Lunch Break

Part 3

Internal Control Management Process Lifecycle
Integrated Processes to Identify, Analyze, Manage, and Provide Assurance on Controls

  • Internal Control Identification – Collaborative process to identify internal controls from both the bottom and the top
  • Internal Control Analysis – Defining effective and operational controls to provide assurance while mitigating risk
  • Internal Control Management – Strategies to manage controls in context of performance, risk, and compliance
  • Internal Control Communication – Assign and manage internal control ownership and accountability
  • Workshop Project & Discussion

Afternoon Break

Part 4

Internal Control Management Information & Technology Architecture
Providing an Integrated View of Internal Controls to the Enterprise

  • Developing an internal control taxonomy and attributes of internal controls
  • Mapping internal controls to objectives, risk, policy, and compliance
  • Monitoring internal controls in a changing environment
  • Technology capabilities and considerations to support internal control management
  • Workshop Project & Discussion

Attendees will take back to their organization approaches to address:

  • Internal Control Management Strategy. Understand internal control in the context of business performance, strategy, objectives as well as its culture and values.
  • Internal Control Management Processes. Flowing from strategy are the internal control management processes integrated into the organization and how it operates. Good internal control management is done in the rhythm of the business.
  • Internal Control Management Information Architecture. Defining an information architecture that enables internal control strategy and processes by providing 360° situational awareness of internal controls in context of business strategy and operations
  • Internal Control Management Technology Architecture. The necessary technology components needed to bring together diverse and distributed internal control management roles and integrate internal control management into the operations of the organization.


Michael Rasmussen – The GRC Pundit @ GRC 20/20 Research, Michael Rasmussen is an internationally recognized pundit on governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC) – with specific expertise on the topics of GRC strategy, process, information, and technology architectures and solutions. With 23+ years of experience, Michael helps organizations improve GRC processes, design and implement GRC architectures, and select solutions that are effective, efficient, and agile. He is a sought-after keynote speaker, author, and advisor and is noted as the “Father of GRC” — being the first to define and model the GRC market in February 2002 while at Forrester Research, Inc.


Workshop Sponsor

ACL-FinalLogo-color-notagACL is a software company with a vision for the future of the Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) professions: a community of compliance pros, auditors, risk management experts, IT and finance teams who are sought after for the value they deliver to their organizations. Through a unique combination of extreme ease-of-use, cloud delivery and the integration of industry standard risk analytics, ACL’s platform helps people focus more time on identifying and managing the highest-impact risks.


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Hyatt Regency Galleria
2626 Sage Rd
Houston, TX 77056 United States
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