Global Organizations Join Forces on Governance, Risk and Control Conference

The IIA and ISACA event to focus on risk management and information technology governance

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and ISACA are partnering for a collaborative event—the 2013 Governance, Risk, and Control Conference—August 19-21 in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference is designed to help participants align governance of enterprise IT and risk management efforts with key business strategies to further overall enterprise objectives. The event is expected to draw more than 500 internal auditors, IT auditors, and other risk, compliance and governance professionals. 

"Considering today's business landscape and the wide range of roles that technology plays in operations, communications, oversight and security," says IIA President and CEO Richard Chambers, CIA, CRMA, CGAP, CCSA, "this event could not be more important, timely or pertinent. This conference is all about governance, risk and control; and both The IIA and ISACA deal with these concepts and their accompanying challenges and opportunities on a daily basis." 

One of the offerings resulting from a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by the two associations in 2010, this unique event will feature sessions on topics for which The IIA and ISACA are globally recognized as knowledgeable leaders and authorities. Sessions are arranged in four tracks:  Enterprise Risk Management—Current and Future State, Enhancing Audit's Perception of Fraud, Governance Issues—Theory and Practical Execution, and IT Risk Management—A Business Driver. Subjects to be explored include risk oversight, operational risk management, the benefits and risks of social media in the public sector, the psychology of fraud, and proactive risk mitigation. There also will be two technology-oriented pre-conference workshops. 

"Enterprises are facing a rapidly evolving threat landscape, as well as a number of exciting new trends and opportunities. Having a strong governance, risk and control structure in place will help them to respond in a more agile and effective manner to these changes," says Greg Grocholski, CISA, international president of ISACA, global business finance director for the Ventures and Business Development unit within The Dow Chemical Company and former chief audit executive for Dow. "ISACA is pleased to collaborate with The IIA on this excellent conference program, which will equip attendees with valuable guidance and tools to deliver trust in and value from their information and technology." 

Participants working on professional designations from The IIA and ISACA will gain new insights, deeper knowledge and greater understanding of internal auditing and IT, "all of which will serve them well, both at certification exam time and in their professional practice," says Grocholski. Content covered will be especially helpful to candidates pursuing The IIA's Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) and ISACA's Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC). 

When The IIA and ISACA entered into the MOU in 2010, they agreed to share knowledge, expertise and global practices. They also agreed to collaborate on professional development offerings and advocacy initiatives of mutual benefit to their respective members. The 2013 Governance, Risk and Control Conference will be the most extensive of the two organizations' collaborations to date.  

More information about The IIA's and ISACA's GRC Conference is available at:


About The IIA

Established in 1941, The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is acknowledged leader, recognized authority, chief education, and global standard-setter for the internal audit profession. With global headquarters in Altamonte Springs, Fla., USA, The IIA serves more than 180,000 members from 165 countries by providing professional development, guidance, and certification. The IIA conducts conferences and seminars, offers online education, publishes the award-winning Internal Auditor magazine, and provides and maintains the International Professional Practices Framework, comprises the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, the Code of Ethics, and all other authoritative guidance for the internal audit profession. The IIA provides five professional designations—CIA, CGAP, CFSA, CCSA, CRMA—each of which has stringent requirements for completion.


With more than 100,000 constituents in 180 countries, ISACA® ( is a leading global provider of knowledge, certifications, community, advocacy and education on information systems (IS) assurance and security, enterprise governance and management of IT, and IT-related risk and compliance. Founded in 1969, the nonprofit, independent ISACA hosts international conferences, publishes the ISACA®Journal, and develops international IS auditing and control standards, which help its constituents ensure trust in, and value from, information systems. It also advances and attests IT skills and knowledge through the globally respected Certified Information Systems Auditor® (CISA®), Certified Information Security Manager® (CISM®), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT® (CGEIT®) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) designations. 

ISACA continually updates and expands the practical guidance and product family based on the COBIT® framework. COBIT helps IT professionals and enterprise leaders fulfill their IT governance and management responsibilities, particularly in the areas of assurance, security, risk and control, and deliver value to the business.



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