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Foreign influence – how internal audit can help address concerns and risks on campus

In today’s global age, your institution likely benefits from foreign faculty and researchers on campus, funding from foreign governments or entities, and international research collaborations. But, recent focus on the threat of foreign influence to U.S. national security has resulted in scrutiny of U.S. academic institutions, including concerns over theft of intellectual property, both through diversion from the peer review process and through the transfer of research results and data to foreign entities.

As part of this focus, your institution may have received information requests from a funding agency, heard that certain agencies may restrict your funding or even had a visit from the FBI! How do you, as internal audit, know how to help?

Learning objectives

This webinar will outline concrete ways that internal audit can serve as a partner to assist with institutional response to the risks of foreign influence on campus, exploring how internal audit may be able to:

  • Help identify, assess and communicate risks
  • Perform targeted reviews of high risk areas or processes to provide assurance that controls are operating effectively
  • Perform continuous monitoring activities to help identify potential red flags

Suggested attendees

  • Chief audit executives
  • Internal audit
  • Compliance officers
  • Sponsored research personnel

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