Transforming Risk into Confidence: A PwC podcast series

Transforming Risk into Confidence: A PwC podcast series

This series is focused on helping you to assure confidence in the controls, systems and processes that drive your business forward. Podcasts feature PwC specialists that work with clients every day to address today’s most compelling topics and challenges related to digital risk and transformation, internal audit, risk management, compliance and trust and transparency.... Show More

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October 14, 2020 14 min

In this episode, Monica Nayar and Mike Bellin join Eric Watson to discuss special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), which are generating a lot of activity in the market. They explain the complexities and challenges and the actions that should be considered as companies navigate towards successful mergers when looking to go public.

We discuss the following questions: (below times are dependent on further audio edits)

0:50 - How d...

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In this episode, Ryan Folscroft joins Kevin O’Connell to discuss how environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are impacting the four quadrants of the asset and wealth management (AWM) industry, and how firms are finding operational and commercial value.

We discuss the following questions:

0:35 - What is ESG and how is it impacting the asset and wealth management industry?
3:05 - Are firms finding real operational and commerc...

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Joe Sousa joins Kevin O'Connell to discuss the benefits of data lake technology, and the importance of implementing proper governance standards to help manage the risks associated with this technology.

We discuss the following questions:

0:36 - What is a data lake?
1:42 - What are some of the benefits of data lake technology?
2:56 - How are data lakes being leveraged by organizations today?
4:56 - How can we ensure data lakes do not...

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Companies are increasingly providing their customers more access to data, but how do they know they can trust the data? In this episode, Treesha Govender joins Kevin O'Connell to discuss the importance of providing assurance over data management controls given the increasing demand from regulators and customers.

We discuss the following questions:

0:36 - What are the key drivers for more extensive assurance over data management c...

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In this episode Stephen D'Arcy joins Erik Nolte to discuss the potential for intelligent controls automation to reduce the cost of compliance and improve quality and confidence in your controls environment.

We discuss the following questions:

0:41 - What is intelligent controls automation?
1:56 - What is an example of how it plays out in practice?
3:59 - What are some of the main benefits companies can expect from this solution...

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In this episode, Marie Hache joins Kevin O'Connell to discuss the risks associated with communicating ESG claims and commitments made during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of aligning those commitments with your organization's purpose and value.

We discuss the following questions:

1:49 - With many companies having financial difficulties in the current situation, is ESG still relevant in today’s world?
2:47 - Researc...

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In this episode, Julie Holden and Michael Isaac join Lillian Borsa to discuss re-thinking resiliency and the steps you can take now to strategically revise your business continuity management (BCM) program in the wake of COVID-19.

We discuss the following questions:

2:11 - How do you define business continuity management?
3:04 - What are some key lessons that organizations experienced during the pandemic and what they should be thinki...

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In this episode, Elizabeth McNichol and Carrie Duarte join Jill Pavlus to discuss how data and technology help you manage your operational risks as you implement and monitor your return to work strategy.

We discuss the following questions:

0:57 - What areas are organizations focusing on when it comes to de-risking their return to work plans?
4.49 - What are some ways that we are helping our clients with their return to work strateg...

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In this episode, Michelle Hubble joins Mike Maali to discuss the focus areas and process to successfully manage a SOX compliance change management program.

We discuss the following questions:

0:37 - What do organizations need to consider when managing their SOX change process?
2:08 - How important is scoping the SOX program first?
6:01 - How important is digitally upskilling a SOX program?
6:48 - How should you engage stakeholders as yo...

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May 27, 2020 19 min

In this episode, Jaime Phillips and Jeff Sorensen join Michelle Hubble to discuss the four key pillars to digitizing a SOX compliance program and how to address the associated challenges.

We discuss the following questions:

0:41 - Why do organizations need to focus on the entire program when looking to digitize a SOX program?
2:20 - What are the four key pillars that are important when digitizing a SOX program and the challenges aroun...

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In this episode, Michelle Hubble and Jaime Phillips join Mike Maali to discuss how to rethink your SOX compliance program.

We discuss the following questions:

0:37 - Why is now a good time to rethink your SOX program?
1:13 - As controllers are taking greater ownership of full programs within an organization how does that align with the organization’s objectives?
2:38 - How do transformations throughout the organization impact controls ...

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In this episode, Lauren Massey and Dhiraj Malhotra join Mike Maali to share a real example of how one company got started with internal audit transformation and the tactical next steps you can take to bring this model to life. 

We discuss the following questions: 

0:46 - What activities can help you pull together all of your needs to begin your internal audit transformation? 
3:25 - What stakeholders are normally involved in this type...

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In this episode, Gena Wilson joins Kevin O'Connell to discuss how to navigate the risks and challenges associated with migrating to the cloud while continuing to drive trust and transparency to stakeholders.

We discuss the following questions:

0:44 - Should companies be doing more to confirm the cloud environment they are using is sufficiently secured? 
1:34 - What other risks are associated with cloud computing and how can compan...

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In this episode, Jenna Switchenko joins Kevin O'Connell to discuss how critical it is for organizations to maintain proper controls and governance when implementing robotic process automation (RPA) and intelligent automation to scale.

We discuss the following questions:

0:32 - What are we seeing broadly from an adoption and use perspective of RPA?
1:15 - What should we be concerned with when thinking about scaling my RPA tools in ...

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In this episode, Dhiraj Malhotra joins Mike Maali to discuss how internal audit can shift to a more proactive risk focus through a data-enabled risk assessment process to develop continuous risk sensing capabilities.

We discuss the following questions:

0:50 - How might the risk assessment process change as the internal audit evolves?
4:25 - What is the importance of linking the single source of truth to business issues?
5:20 - What typ...

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In this episode, Lauren Massey joins Brian Schwartz to discuss steps organizations can take to maximize risk coverage, create efficiencies and drive stronger risk insight.

We discuss the following questions:

1:04 - What do we mean "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts" in the context of risk function collaboration and how is it beneficial? 
2:53 - What are we seeing risk functions do to try to optimize one another an...

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In this episode, Rich Reynolds joins Seth Rosensweig to discuss the challenges organizations face as the compliance controls testing and monitoring activities within the lines of defense continue to evolve.

We discuss the following questions: 

0:34 - What are some of the challenges around controls testing and monitoring that we’re seeing now? 
3:03 - How can we get past the difficulties of testing the tester’s tester to provide assura...

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In this episode, Travis Ringger joins Brian Schwartz to discuss the practical actions risk functions can take to lay a foundation for better collaboration and risk insight. 

We discuss the following questions: 

1:08 - Why do only a small percentage of companies feel they have the right technology and tools needed to manage risks today? 
2:35 - What are some of the non-technological, foundational steps that organizations need to take f...

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In this episode, Jaime Phillips joins Brian Schwartz to discuss what senior executives and board members can do to promote greater risk function collaboration and develop a shared risk insight.

We discuss the following questions:

1:11 - Why, in many instances, are senior executives and board members not aligned on where the accountability for risks lie?
2:47 - What are companies doing today to make sure that risk accountability is cry...

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In this episode, Matt Giordano and Michael Zelwin join Kevin O'Connell to discuss how companies can effectively manage the challenges in providing third party assurance reporting to multiple stakeholders.

We discuss the following questions: 

0:41 - Why is it important for organizations to have a pulse on their commitment to third parties? 
2:44 - What are the challenges organizations would face in implementing a program to respond...

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