Enterprise Risk Management and COSO: A Guide for Directors, Executives and Practitioners by Harry Cendrowski, William C. Mair

Enterprise Risk Management and COSO: A Guide for Directors, Executives and Practitioners by Harry Cendrowski, William C. Mair
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Enterprise Risk Management and COSO:

A Guide for Directors, Executives and Practitioners

by Harry Cendrowski, William C. Mair



Adobe E-Book 288 pages November 2009

Praise for Enterprise Risk Management and COSO: A Guide for Directors, Executives, and Practitioners "Enterprise Risk Management and COSO is a comprehensive reference book that presents core management of risk tools in a helpful and organized way. If you are an internal auditor who is interested in risk management, exploring this book is one of the best ways to gain an understanding of enterprise risk management issues." °™Naly de Carvalho, FSA Times

"This book represents a unique guide on how to manage many of the critical components that constitute an organization's corporate defense program." °™Sean Lyons, Corporate Defense Management (CDM) professional

"This book provides a comprehensive analysis of enterprise risk management and is invaluable to anyone working in the risk management arena. It provides excellent information regarding the COSO framework, control components, control environment, and quantitative risk assessment methodologies. It is a great piece of work." °™J. Richard Claywell, CPA, ABV, CVA, CM&AA, CFFA, CFD

"As digital information continues its exponential growth and more systems become interconnected, the demand and need for proper risk management will continue to increase. I found the book to be very informative, eye-opening, and very pragmatic with an approach to risk management that will not only add value to all boards who are maturing and growing this capability, but also will provide them with competitive advantage in this important area of focus." °™David Olivencia, President, Hispanic IT Executive Council

Optimally manage your company's risks, even in the worst of economic conditions.

There has never been a stronger need for sound risk management than now. Today's organizations are expected to manage a variety of risks that were unthinkable a decade ago. Insightful and compelling, Enterprise Risk Management and COSO reveals how to:

Successfully incorporate enterprise risk management into your organization's culture

Foster an environment that rewards open discussion of risks rather than concealment of them

Quantitatively model risks and effectiveness of internal controls

Best discern where risk management resources should be dedicated to minimize occurrence of risk-based events

Test predictive models through empirical data


Harry Cendrowski, CPA, ABV, CFF, CFE, CVA, CFD, CFFA, is Managing Director and co-founder of Cendrowski Corporate Advisors, Cendrowski Selecky PC, and Prosperitas Group LLC. He has over twenty-five years of experience assisting firms with their corporate governance and risk management practices. Harry is also active in the private equity (PE) arena, and has assisted PE funds with their due diligence and operational activities. He frequently serves as an expert witness in the areas of forensic accounting, business valuation, and fraud investigation. He is coauthor of Private Equity: History, Governance, and Operations and The Handbook of Fraud Deterrence, both published by Wiley. Harry also serves as the Director of Fraud and Forensic Services for the International Association of Consultants, Valuators and Analysts and is coauthor of the training materials used to train every Certified Fraud Deterrence Analyst (CFD). William C. Mair is a former partner at Touche Ross & Co. (now Deloitte), chief auditing officer, chief accounting officer, and board member of a registered investment company. He is currently a financial systems consultant. Bill has studied internal control from all angles and has written extensively on the subject. He is best known as lead author of Computer Control and Audit, a revolutionary book in the field of information systems auditing. The Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) voted Bill the fourth most influential person among the pioneers of information systems auditing in a study published by the EDP Auditor Journal.


About the Contributors. Acknowledgments.



Chapter 1 An Introduction to Risk.

Chapter 2 Key Tenets of Enterprise Risk Management.

Chapter 3 Mitigating Operational Risks Through Strategic Thinking.

Chapter 4 Mitigating Risk in Internal Investigations and Insurance Coverage.


Chapter 5 Recognized Control Frameworks: COSO-IC and COSO-ERM.

Chapter 6 Other Control Frameworks.

Chapter 7 Qualitative Control Concepts.

Chapter 8 Quantitative Control Relationships.

Chapter 9 Excel Applications.

Chapter 10 Interdependent Systems.

Chapter 11 Documentation.

Chapter 12 The Process for Assessing Internal Control.

Chapter 13 Monitoring Internal Controls.

Chapter 14 Accounting Policies and Procedures.

Chapter 15 Business Process Applications.

Chapter 16 General and Infrastructure Systems.

Chapter 17 Trusted System Providers.

Chapter 18 Reporting on Internal Control.

Chapter 19 Review and Acceptance of Assessments.


Appendix: Internal Control Sections of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.