Risk Advisory

Every business is concerned with protecting their assets, preventing losses, and maximizing performance. But without adequate benchmarks and controls in place, the business can’t be certain they are functioning at peak performance – a perfectly designed control is useless if nobody is using it. That’s where our Risk Advisory team and an internal audit can help.

Kernutt Stokes offers three types of internal audits: a compliance audit, a financial audit, and a performance audit.

Compliance audits focus on adherence to contract terms, policies, procedures, laws, and regulations, often uncovering inefficiencies in the process as well. Financial audits assess the safety of your assets, including evaluating the company’s separation of duties and other controls to minimize opportunities for fraud. Performance audits, also called operational audits, examine the use of resources to evaluate whether they are used in the most effective and efficient manner to fulfill the organization’s objectives. This includes reviewing existing benchmarks and best practices, or establishing new ones, and monitoring controls over time.

Kernutt Stokes also offers risk assessments, a process that provides organizations with a comprehensive risk profile of their operations which aid in strategic decision making and optimal allocation of resources. Risk assessments often make it easy to see which areas would most benefit from an internal audit and help to create a comprehensive audit plan that ensures no area of the business is forgotten.

Risk Advisory services are scalable to meet the needs of your business. Whether you only want one audit or many, services can range from a single one-time consulting engagement to a year-round audit provider, also known as outsourced or co-sourced auditing. We work with a variety of industries, including higher education, state government agencies, local municipalities, and private businesses to either integrate with your existing internal audit team or step in as your full-service internal auditors.

We take the “internal” part of internal audit seriously; our approach is to be a part of your organization and our value is in finding collaborative solutions, not problems, so your business can be more successful. When you work with our internal audit team, you not only work with CPAs, but also certified fraud examiners (CFEs), and certified internal auditors (CIAs). We adhere to the International Professional Practices Framework and the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, guidance provided by the leading organization of internal audit, the Institute of Internal Auditors.

We look forward to working with your business.

The Risk Advisory team is led by Partner-in-Charge Trever Campbell (center).

Let’s talk about your business!


Information and Resources

6 Questions to Ask About Your Internal Controls

by Kernutt Stokes |
Well-designed internal controls are vital to the health and safety of an organization’s operations. Without internal controls, especially around financial transactions and accounts, it is easy for a transaction to be recorded for the wrong amount, the wrong invoice to go out, or money to be paid to the wrong person. On the flip side, internal controls can also be overly burdensome and unnecessarily inhibit the efficiency of the operations you are trying to protect.

What is a Risk Assessment

by Kernutt Stokes |
Risk assessments identify and analyze the risks affecting an organization’s ability to achieve its objectives. Whether your organization is looking to improve efficiency, identify risk gaps, or trying to implement an internal audit program, an organizational risk assessment is a great starting point.

5 Reasons You Should Have an Internal Audit

by Kernutt Stokes |
There are a multitude of reasons why an internal audit function can benefit an organization...Whether you have ever thought about implementing an internal audit function or not, here are five reasons why it might be a good fit for you.

Internal Audit

by Trever E. Campbell |
Partner Trever Campbell discusses the difference between a financial statement and an internal audit, and why a company might want an internal audit for their organization.