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CAQ: Audit’s role in cyber-security exams

Tammy Whitehouse | September 15, 2016

Public company auditors are starting to suggest companies voluntarily submit to an independent cyber-security examination separate from the existing financial statement audit.

In a chapter of a 236-page paper by the Internet Security Alliance prepared for its recent conference, the Center for Audit Quality says the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is developing a new process for examining and reporting on a company’s cyber-security risk management. It contemplates an independent cyber-security report being produced by either a company’s current external auditor or another audit firm.

Much the way financial statements and the related audit convey the...

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