Press Release


 Keeping Pace with Technology and Risk 

GRC conference examines impact of blockchain, cybersecurity audits, more

Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (16 June 2016)—Changes in technology and the volatile pace of business pose ever-growing challenges for professionals whose craft is identifying, mitigating and providing assurance on risk. From smart refrigerators hacked to send out spam email to blockchain accounting tools that offers fresh ground for fraudsters to scheme, new business perils seem to arise with each new day.

To help governance, risk and control professionals keep pace with these emerging challenges and others, The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and ISACA are co-hosting the 2016 Governance, Risk and Control (GRC) Conference, Aug. 22-24 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The conference, which brings together practitioners from around the world, will offer expert-led workshops and opportunities to network with global professionals and industry leaders. From a panel on COSO updates to sessions on blockchain’s GRC implications and cybersecurity audits, the event will feature more than 50 sessions in four tracks:

  • Cyber: Risks, Controls and Probabilities
  • IT Audit Core Principles
  • Internal Audit – Personal Brand Enhancement Strategies
  • Internal Audit Core Skills Refinement

“Auditors and other GRC professionals are key contributors to the overall health and stability of an organization,” said Theresa Grafenstine, CISA, CGEIT, CRISC, CIA, CGAP, CGMA, CPA, board member of ISACA and the inspector general of the U.S. House of Representatives (House). “This conference will help attendees stay abreast of emerging trends and the latest solutions, tools and technologies impacting the profession.”

The GRC Conference will offer new insights and perspectives from renowned presenters, including keynote speakers:

  • Theresa Payton, former White House CIO, cybersecurity authority and expert on identity theft and the Internet of things, who will deliver the opening keynote, titled: “Big Data and the Internet of Things: Boon or Bust for Your Cybersecurity Efforts?”
  • Richard Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA, IIA President and CEO, will speak on “The Influence of Culture on GRC.”
  • Andrew Tarvin, Engineer of Humor, who will discuss “Agile Leadership: How to Lead Up, Across, and Down in a VUCA World.”

“The dynamics of risk, governance and culture are inescapably linked,” said Chambers, IIA president and CEO. “The pace of today’s change demands that internal auditors and other GRC professionals be at the forefront in the battle to mitigate these challenges to business and understand culture’s role in that battle.”

There also will be two pre-conference workshops: one on fraud cases and their impact on internal auditors and one on using COBIT 5 to implement NIST’s US Cybersecurity Framework. Content covered at the conference will be especially helpful to candidates pursuing The IIA’s CIA and CRMA certifications, and ISACA’s CISA, CGEIT, and CRISC credentials.

Attendees can earn up to 18 hours of CPE credits. More information about GRC Conference is available at or



The Institute of Internal Auditors (The 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 180,000 members from more than 170 countries and territories. The association’s global headquarters are in Altamonte Springs, Fla. For more information, visit




ISACA ( helps global professionals lead, adapt and assure trust in an evolving digital world by offering innovative and world-class knowledge, standards, networking, credentialing and career development. Established in 1969, ISACA is a global nonprofit association of 140,000 professionals in 180 countries. ISACA also offers the Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX), a holistic cybersecurity resource, and COBIT, a business framework to govern enterprise technology.




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