Recovery Checkpoint: Best Practices for Audit, Risk, and Compliance Response & Recovery

Anand Bhakta
Anand Bhakta AuditBoard

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Anand Bhakta is the Sr. Director of Risk Solutions at AuditBoard, a cloud-based software platform to help streamline and automate internal audit and compliance activities and a Principal at SAS, a boutique firm focused on Information Technology (IT) Controls and advisory services. He has over fifteen years of IT audit and consulting experience. Anand specializes in risks and controls related to the implementation of ERP systems, and he has helped various multinational companies evaluate and/or implement application controls in ERP systems including Oracle Financials, SAP, and PeopleSoft. Anand is recognized for his ability to develop and implement auditing and data analysis tools. Additionally, he has assisted clients comply with Sarbanes-Oxley from both an advisory and attestation perspective. Anand graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with a degree in Accounting and Information Systems. Previously, Anand was an executive at Ernst & Young LLP in the Technology and Security Risk Services (TSRS). In his role at Ernst & Young LLP, he designed and developed procedures and tools to help clients perform continuous monitoring, as well as evaluate Segregation of Duties controls. Anand is an experienced trainer and has designed and conducted multiple technical training sessions including Oracle application controls, data analysis, Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance, and IT general controls.


In July 2020, with economies cautiously reopening and Coronavirus cases rising once again in the US, we appear to be entering a new phase of COVID-19 response and recovery — though the phase differs widely in its impacts across countries, regions, industries, and organizations. While some of the early response strategies used by audit, risk, and compliance teams to support business and departmental continuity remain relevant in the second half of 2020, the extension of some changes to workplaces and processes into the foreseeable future requires reexamination of best practices going forward. Departments and organizations that work to build in agility and flexibility will be best positioned to respond to this newest phase and chart an effective path forward. This webinar will discuss best practices for the current stage of COVID response and recovery, including ways to be a better business partner in addressing risk, steps to build resilience into departments and organizations, and future challenges that should be on the audit, risk, and compliance radar.

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