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 Anticipating and Mitigating Risk: Keeping Data Secure and Organizations Protected 

DALLAS-FORT WORTH, Texas (22 June 2017)—Eighty percent of organizations expect a data breach, ransomware or other cyberattack this year, according to the 2017 State of Cyber Security Report. The #wannacry attack in May showed how easily thousands of computer networks worldwide can be crippled in just moments.


Governance, risk and control (GRC) professionals are on the front lines of keeping data secure and organizations protected. To help them stay abreast of the latest techniques, tools and knowledge of those who do battle daily for cyber-resiliency, ISACA and The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) will present the 2017 Governance, Risk and Control Conference, 16-18 August 2017, in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, USA.


The GRC Conference is expected to bring together more than 600 practitioners from around the world for more than 40 sessions and workshops led by globally recognized experts, such as John Sileo, CSP, author and consultant on managing privacy and reputation in an economy plagued by digital overexposure. Sileo, CEO of The Sileo Group, will present the opening keynote address, “The Cyber Blacklist: Top Threats and Countermeasures for Data Security.”


“Auditors play a critical role in guiding organizations toward an integrated governance, risk and compliance capability,” said Theresa M. Grafenstine, CIA, CISA, CGEIT, CRISC, CGAP, CGMA, CISSP, CPA, board chair of ISACA, and Inspector General of the U.S. House of Representatives. “However, to be most effective, auditors must first develop positive relationships with leadership and staff. This conference will help attendees improve their professional demeanor and ability to influence in their companies, in addition to sharpening their technical skills.”


GRC Conference sessions will be grouped into four hot-topic tracks:


  • Attributes for Professional Improvement and Advancement

    • Critical-Thinking Skills for Results

    • Adding Value by Managing the Perception Gap

    • Getting the Boss to Listen to You: Becoming a Trusted Strategic Advisor

  • Privacy/Security in the Technology World

    • Hunting for Hackers: How to Turn the Table on Hackers

    • Cloud Computing Controls: Managing Risk

    • Operationalizing Cybersecurity with Risk-based Governance

  • Integrated Auditing / GRC

    • Auditing Business Continuity

    • Stop Fraud Before It Starts: New Guidance for Managing Fraud Risks

    • Outsourcing: Who Is Responsible for the Risk?

  • Deep-dive Interactive Discussions

    • FCPA: Are You Risk-focused and Audit Ready?

    • Auditing the Cloud Environment: Advanced

    • Utilizing the STAR Model in Auditing Governance


“Internal audit plays a crucial role in not only ensuring organizations have the controls in place to safeguard against or respond quickly to risks such as a cyberattack, but also to ensure these same organizations will remain resilient as risks will always be present,” said IIA President and CEO Richard F. Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA. “With the recent global ransomware attacks, it’s imperative that those in the GRC field stay one step ahead by continually seeking out the latest thinking, tools and technology available.”


Another keynote speaker, Larry Harrington, vice president of Internal Audit at Raytheon Co., will discuss internal auditing in a risk-heightened, changing world. Harrington, CIA, QIAL, CRMA, CPA, and former Global Chairman of The IIA, will focus on key disrupters affecting the profession and competencies and strategies needed to adapt.


GRC’s closing keynote speaker, Dick Finnegan, CEO of C-Suite Analytics, will key in on leadership skills, particularly building trust, in “Which Leadership Quality Matters Most with Clients and Employees?”


The event also features two pre-conference workshops: COBIT NIST Cybersecurity Framework, focusing on its goals, implementation steps and how to apply this information; and one on putting the updated COSO ERM Framework and ISO 31000 standards into practice, with the aim of increasing understanding of how risk management should be defined, structured, and executed in organizations.


Attendees can earn up to 18 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) credits. For more information about the GRC Conference, visit ISACA or The IIA.



Nearing its 50th year, ISACA® ( is a global association helping individuals and enterprises achieve the positive potential of technology. Today’s world is powered by technology, and ISACA equips professionals with the knowledge, credentials, education and community to advance their careers and transform their organizations. ISACA leverages the expertise of its half-million engaged professionals in information and cyber security, governance, assurance, risk and innovation, as well as its enterprise performance subsidiary, CMMI® Institute, to help advance innovation through technology. ISACA has a presence in more than 188 countries, including more than 215 chapters and offices in both the United States and China.







About The IIA

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is the internal audit profession’s most widely recognized advocate, educator, and provider of standards, guidance, and certifications. Established in 1941, The IIA today serves more than 190,000 members from more than 170 countries and territories. The association’s global headquarters are in Lake Mary, Fla. For more information, visit