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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.

We can help you with:

  • Information security in a virtual world

    Reports in the media regularly illustrate that cyber threats are increasing in their levels of persistence, sophistication and organisation: the damage caused by a cyber attack can severely impact a business.

    As we discussed in last year’s Global Information Security Survey (GISS) 2013 report, even if you have not experienced an attack yet, you should assume that your organisation will have been targeted, or that your security has already been breached.

    Despite increasing external threats, 47% of Irish organisations are unlikely to be able to detect a sophisticated cyber attack, according to our 17th Global Information Security survey, Get Ahead of Cybercrime, which this year surveyed 1,825 organisations in 60 countries, including Ireland.

    While Irish organisations have a greater awareness of the various cyber threats currently at play, the findings indicate that companies lack the agility, budget and skills to mitigate known vulnerabilities and successfully prepare for and address cyber attacks. Although 82% of Irish respondents reported that security spending will increase somewhat over the next 12 months, worryingly, despite the expected increases in spend, over 50% of Irish respondents still cite budget as their main obstacle to their cyber security programme.

    Find out more.

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    Beating cybercrime: Security Programme Management from the Board’s perspective

    The question is not ‘if’ your company will be breached, or even when. It has already happened. The real questions are: are you aware of a breach, and how well are you protected for the future?

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    Security Operations Centers against cybercrime: Top 10 considerations for success

    It is no longer a matter of ‘if’ — it is a matter of ‘when’. With the understanding that attacks can never be fully prevented, companies need to advance detection capabilities so they can respond.

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    Bring your own device: Security and risk considerations for your mobile device programme

    With mobile devices increasingly embedded into all parts of our personal lives, organisations are finding employees increasingly want to use personal mobile devices for work (often alongside corporate-provided devices), and many are reaching out to corporate IT for support.

  • 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.

    Learn more about turning risks and opportunities 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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    The evolving role of Internal Audit in Ireland

    Our report looks at the views of Heads of Internal Audit in Ireland, how they balance demands for assurance activities, and deal with changing stakeholder expectations. It looks at how the IA function is structured and run, and how IA in Ireland is standing up to recessionary pressures compared with other countries.

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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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  • 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.


    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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Liam McCaul

Risk Partner
Head of Advisory Services

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