• Business strategy in the digital world

    Digital is transforming how organizations do business. Do you have the digital business know-how to execute your vision? Let us help.

  • Internal Audit

    The IA function that successfully adapts to today’s rapidly changing world will become a trusted advisor to an organization poised for growth. Read our insights.

  • Maximizing the value of a data protection program

    Any organization can be victimized by data loss events. Is your program aligned to protect the data that matters most?

  • Building trust in the cloud

    Rapid escalation of cloud services creates risk. Use our Cloud Trust Model to balance those risks with the value the cloud provides to your organization.

  • Consumers on Board

    30,000 consumers from 34 countries reveal new global buying journey trends, and show companies need to build trust.

  • Export growth to accelerate in the Eurozone

    Exports are strengthening and a gradual pickup in domestic demand will drive a return to modest investment growth, according to our summer Eurozone Forecast.

  • Expecting more from risk management

    Do you need better alignment between risk and key business processes? See how to enhance value by embedding risk into the "rhythm of the business."

  • Life sciences: preparing for big data and analytics

    Many life sciences organizations are not capturing and applying value from analytics in a meaningful way. Gain the edge by harnessing today’s big data insights.

  • New, sustainable confidence in Europe emerges

    Foreign direct investment decisions in Europe reached an all-time high in 2013. Find out what’s driving that trend in our European attractiveness survey.

Advisory Services

Evolving your business. Globally.

As the world evolves, so do your business issues. The catalysts vary: from geopolitical events to regulatory reform, from new technologies to emerging markets.

And their impact can be swift and far-reaching. Our approach — grounded in industry-specific experience and committed to delivering measurable, sustainable results — can help you adapt and succeed. Even in an uncertain environment.

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  • Cyber Security

    Organizations must be prepared to combat against, manage and mitigate cyber attacks that can occur anytime, anywhere.

    Our 16th annual global information security survey explores the actions organizations have taken to address current threats, how leading organizations are preparing for cyber risks that may be on the horizon, and how new technologies and an innovative approach can help organizations proactively prepare for the future.

    We found three levels of response to cyber risk in an environment where cyber attacks are numerous, constant and increasingly complex:

    • Improve — What organizations are doing to address the current threats and the challenges that still exist
    • Expand — Steps leading organizations are taking to address new threats more proactively
    • Innovate — Solutions organizations need to address new and upcoming technologies

    Go to ey.com/cybersecurity

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    We help board members and C-level decision-makers understand the relationship between your responsibility, the scale of cyber threat, and a suggested approach that’s sharply focused on your business structure, culture and risks.

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    Security Operations Centers against cybercrime

    A well-functioning Security Operations Center (SOC) can form the heart of effective cyber attack detection. Here are 10 ways to make your SOC a success.

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    Privacy protection in the age of technology

    Technology innovation continues to accelerate, and today's privacy regulations are falling behind. We help guide you through the innovation needed for privacy issues in 2014.

  • Managing risk — for opportunities

    We know you’re concerned about the risks of regulation and compliance – especially if you’re in banking or health care.

    Meanwhile, as market volatility and pricing pressures unsettle the landscape, those forces are stimulating competition and creating opportunities.

    To strike that balance between risk and opportunity, our research suggests that many leading firms are developing an overarching strategy that balances both.

    Our work with clients reveals that there is a need to re-engineer the risk processes across the business, just as was done with finance, manufacturing, and supply chain processes.

    The goal is to get better coverage on the risks that matter.

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    Turning risk into results

    Companies with more mature risk management practices outperform their peers financially. Find out how leading companies are turning risk into results.

  • Internal audit: enhancing and sustaining business performance

    Companies value the role Internal Audit plays. But they are looking for more.

    Executives want Internal Audit to not only see what has gone before, but also what comes next. They want Internal Audit to provide insights into strategic initiatives, and to share ideas that improve business performance. And they want it now.

    Internal Audit as strategic advisor

    As a strategic advisor, Internal Audit can:

    • Identify company-wide cost improvements
    • Offer recommendations that improve business performance
    • Provide key insights that focus on risk 

    We can help you: 

    • Assess your Internal Audit function and identify areas of improvement
    • Identify opportunities to enhance the strategic value of Internal Audit
    • Accelerate improvements through cosourcing

     

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    Corporate leaders are demanding that IA improve visibility, become strategic advisors and deliver lasting value. Our 2013 Global Internal Audit survey explains this shifting mandate.

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    Internal audit's role in strategic transactions

    During M&A and divestitures, internal audit provides a critical perspective – assessing and monitoring program management, reviewing controls and providing insights while maintaining independence and objectivity.

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    Think beyond your annual audit plan

    Chief audit executives often lose focus on long-term strategic planning for the internal audit function. Is your plan aligned to the organization’s broader business priorities?

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    The future of internal audit is now

    We explore actions internal audit can take to realize strategic alignment, increase business relevance and achieve a risk maturity that accelerates financial performance.

  • A clearer vision for finance

    An effective Finance function that is best suited to the organization can be a critical factor for growth.

    Yet 98% of companies feel there are opportunities to improve their Finance function.

    The challenge is in marrying conflicting priorities:

    • Driving the business forward
    • Protecting the organization’s financial assets

    Our research suggests 80% of companies are planning to better align Finance with overall business strategies.

    To do that, we see three key priorities for finance which involve striking a balance between control, effectiveness and efficiency.

    1. Control: promote strong governance and control in the organization.
    2. Effectiveness: drive the business forward, challenge the business and strengthen decision-making throughout the organization.
    3. Efficiency: drive costs down, integrate acquired teams.

    See more about a clearer vision for Finance:

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  • Getting information technology right

    Information technology functions need to strike a balance between risk and performance.

    But reality often falls short of this goal.

    That’s because IT’s influence on the business has evolved so quickly that many IT functions are still struggling with how to marry their technical expertise with a new business perspective.

    Top IT leaders are now facing broad challenges, including:

    • Increasingly complex IT and business operating models
    • Cost efficiency and transparency demands
    • New regulations and new forms of threat
    • Corporate responsibility expectations

    Our research suggests that successful firms are focusing on these key issues and formulating their response at the enterprise level.

    Learn more about getting IT right:

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    Employers need to control the use of personal mobile devices for conducting work. BYOD policies help improve productivity, enable new business and satisfy employees' needs.

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    The evolving IT risk landscape

    Faced with complex and ever-changing layers of risk in a 'world without borders', IT risk programs must expand and adapt to meet new challenges.

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    Bringing IT into the fold

    A coordinated, strategic response that addresses the dynamic nature of cybersecurity and the rapidly changing operational technology (OT) environment demonstrates responsible risk management.

  • Shaping effective supply chains

    Responding to a business environment that’s more complex and fluid than ever, many companies are adapting their supply chains in two key ways:

    • They’re rapidly expanding to capitalize on the growing number of middle-class buyers in emerging markets.
    • They’re driving cost efficiencies to boost margins in their mature market operations.

    Our research suggests that either way, seven interconnected items come into play.

     

    EY - Supply chain

    In growth markets, considerations include:

    • Managing operational, tax and regulatory risk
    • Enabling new revenue sources
    • Establishing an effective supply chain model and infrastructure

    In mature markets, considerations include:

    • Reconfiguring the supply chain to create cost competitiveness
    • Optimizing global spend
    • Improving operational agility and responsiveness

    In mature and emerging markets, environmental and sustainability matters emerge.

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    Procurement has an increasing role in addressing new legal and regulatory guidelines for transparency and reduced risk. Do you understand how your suppliers do business?

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    Managing indirect taxes in the supply chain

    Effective management of indirect taxes, grants and incentives is essential to support growth and reduce the costs and risks of doing business internationally.



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Global Information Security Survey 2013

As the pace of technology evolution accelerates, so do cyber risks. Find out how organizations are addressing current threats – and those on the horizon.

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5: insights for executives

Short, snappy and to the point,
5's innovative format provides analysis of today's issues.

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Insights on governance, risk and compliance

Our ongoing series focuses on risk (including IT risk) and related challenges and opportunities.