General Cable Corporate Fined Over $75M for Operating without Proper Internal Control

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Tue, Jan 03, 2017 @ 10:58 AM

General Cable Corporate was fined more than $75M for "...not having effective programs & internal controls necessary to proactively address corruption risks and accounting errors." Terrible considering it would have cost them <$50K to become compliant using the Vibato program and they would have also been able to experience the benefits of compliance such as more efficient procedures, shorter close duration, balanced workloads, etc...The CEO & CFO also had to return a total of $5.8M in combined compensation - that they were entitled to - but that they forfeited simply because they failed to follow the rules and comply with the Sarbanes Oxley laws. Expensive lesson...

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Tags: SOX, Sarbanes-Oxley, SEC, SEC fines

COSO - Fraud Risk Management Tools

Posted by Alexa Foxon Thu, Sep 29, 2016 @ 11:45 AM

COSO has created and provided Fraud Risk Management Tools to help prevent and deter fraud from any company. In 2013, COSO created categories for 17 Principles and Components into 5 sections - Control Environment, Risk Assessment, Control Activities, Information and Communication, and Monitoring. Now COSO has created a fraud management tool for each of the 5 categories. 

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Tags: SOX, fraud prevention, COSO, COSO 2013, framework, fraud, sox coso framework

Controls needed to successfully adopt the new COSO 2013 Framework

Posted by Guthrie Chenon Fri, Jun 13, 2014 @ 04:00 PM

By now, we have all started to become aware that the new COSO 2013 framework MUST be adopted by all publically traded companies by the end of their current fiscal year. There’s a great deal of material out there explaining what needs to be implemented yet, very few of those items (including the documents provided directly from COSO) explain HOW to actually make this implementation happen.

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Tags: Internal Controls, examples, controls, audit, SOX, audit committee, COSO, COSO 2013, framework, documentation

The Power of Optimizing Your Internal Controls

Posted by Guthrie Chenon Mon, May 26, 2014 @ 03:00 PM

Let’s face it, dealing with internal controls from time to time can be a headache and can certainly get out of hand. The power of an organized internal control structure yields a plethora of benefits in terms of cost efficiency, reduced workload, fewer headaches, and happier employees – You know what they say, Organized People Play™.

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Tags: Internal Controls, segregation of duties, control reduction, SOX, auditing standards, audit costs, Controls Testing, SOX Compliance Made Simple, internal audit, Process Improvement, software, sox compliance, internal control, Sarbanes-Oxley, Vibato, audit scope, internal control tips

What does Chobani Yogurt & Sarbanes-Oxley / COSO 2013 have in common?

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Mon, Sep 09, 2013 @ 04:12 PM

Surprisingly a lot actually – even considering Chobani is a private company!

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Tags: Sarbanes-Oxley Articles & Information, SOX, sox compliance, Sarbanes-Oxley Training, Sarbanes-Oxley, COSO 2013

Sam Antar: On Fraud & the Black Arts of White Collar Crime

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Thu, Jul 25, 2013 @ 02:51 PM
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Tags: Internal Controls, Sarbanes-Oxley Articles & Information, segregation of duties, risk assessment, Announcements, SOX, external audit, SOX Compliance Made Simple, White Collar Fraud, Bay Area Accounting Professionals Mixer, Sarbanes-Oxley Training, internal control, risk management, Sarbanes-Oxley, external auditing, Internal Control Education, internal control tips, Sarbanes-Oxley for Non-Profits, corporate governance

Vibato's May Announcements

Posted by Alex Roweon Mon, May 06, 2013 @ 01:30 PM

It's an exciting month here at Vibato! Check out new website, CPE events, and informational resources!

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Tags: Sarbanes-Oxley Articles & Information, segregation of duties, Vibato Partners, SOX, Vibato Products, Vibato Webinars, Petition, SOX Compliance Made Simple, BATO, Process Improvement, SOX & the Justice Department, software, sox compliance, accountingtemplates.com, Jeffrey Skilling, White Collar Fraud, Bay Area Accounting Professionals Mixer, CPE, Sarbanes-Oxley Training, Sarbanes-Oxley, Vibato, Internal Control Education, Sarbanes-Oxley for Non-Profits

Should Internal Audit Report to the Audit Committee Directly?

Posted by Alex Roweon Wed, Apr 10, 2013 @ 08:36 AM
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Tags: audit, SOX, auditing standards, audit committee, best practices, internal audit, IIA, Institute of Internal Auditors, Sarbanes-Oxley, audit scope, Richard Chambers

Accounting Tip of the Day! Secure Network Solution

Posted by Alex Roweon Mon, Mar 18, 2013 @ 01:43 PM

Accounting Tip of the Day!

External Network Access Tip:

At times, external users may need to access your secure network (think onsite auditors who may need to use a printer or the like). This presents a Sarbanes-Oxley COBIT compliance problem as well as introducing your network to the potential hazards of a virus or a computer without a firewall. Since it can be very difficult to keep track of internal vs. external devices on your network on a day-to-day basis, we at Vibato and AccountingTemplates.com have come up with a nice solution to help mitigate the risk while providing a solution for companies with limited staff to help manage this problem. 

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Tags: Accounting Tip of the Day, SOX, best-practice, sox compliance, accountingtemplates.com, secure network, external network, Vibato, accounting, firewall

Vlog on How to Handle with your SSAE 16 / SAS 70

Posted by Alex Roweon Tue, Mar 12, 2013 @ 10:10 AM

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Tags: Internal Controls, audit, SOX, legislative compliance, SSAE 16, Sarbanes-Oxley, Vibato, SAS 70, accounting