Last week, the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) held its 2018 Global Audit Management Conference at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas. With over 1,700 attendees, this was the most well-attended event in the history of the conference. Coalfire was one of the sponsors, and we were delighted to meet with so many forward-thinking audit executives and practitioners.
Cybersecurity was a hot topic at the conference, and it’s now clear that all organizations have added cybersecurity, more specifically pentesting, to their annual audit plans to provide a “third line of defense” for cyber risks that the board of directors and the executive team need to manage as a part of their enterprise risk management programs.
We fielded a lot of questions about governance best practices, incident response planning and testing, penetration testing, and due diligence reviews linked to mergers and acquisitions activity.
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Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight the provocative keynote presentation delivered by Patrick Schwerdtfeger, the author of “Anarchy, Inc.: Profiting in a Decentralized World with Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain.” Mr. Schwerdtfeger inspired us all to think about disruptive innovations and how we as leaders need to prepare our enterprises for changes wrought by these emerging technologies. He asserted that leadership involves risk, and that prompted all the internal auditors in the room to consider how we can build the skills we need and lead our teams in the years ahead.