2019 January Meeting

Date: January 11, 2019
Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Dallas Marriott-Las Colinas (223 West Las Colinas Boulevard, Irving, TX 75039)

No prerequisites required
4 Hours Continuing Professional Education



Session 1: “World Class Internal Audit”

What does it take for internal audit to be considered ‘world class’? In this session, Norman Marks will share his views on how internal audit can be perceived as a competitive advantage by auditing and then communicating what matters to leaders.


  • Understand what really matters to the leaders of the organization
  • Appreciate how internal audit can add value and become itself a source of value to leaders
  • Discuss how to audit at the speed of risk
  • Learn techniques for communicating what leaders need to know in a way that is read and acted on promptly

Session 2: “Making Business Sense of IT Risk”

Why do information security practitioners believe that they don’t get the budget they need? Do executives really understand technology risk? In the second session, Norman Marks will discuss these two questions (the subject of his new book), explain some of the issues, and share his views on what needs to be done if leaders of the organization are going to make intelligent and informed decisions.


  • Recognize that traditional technology risk assessments don’t give leaders what they need to know in running the business for success
  • Understand at a high level the leading technology risk frameworks and what they provide
  • Appreciate what leaders need to make informed and intelligent decisions
  • Discuss techniques that should bridge the divide, enabling both technology risk practitioners and leaders of the organization to ta the same language and make informed and intelligent decisions.


Norman Marks, CPA, CRMA is a retired senior executive. He now works with individuals and organizations around the world, advising them on risk management, internal audit, corporate governance, enterprise performance, and the value of information.

Norman was the chief audit executive of major global corporations for twenty years and is a globally-recognized thought leader in the professions of internal auditing and risk management.  In addition, he has served as chief risk officer, compliance officer, and ethics officer, and managed what would now be called the IT governance function (information security, contingency planning, methodologies, standards, etc.) He ran the Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 (SOX) programs and investigation units at several companies.

Norman is a retired member of the review boards of several audit and risk management publications (including the magazines of ISACA and the IIA), a frequent speaker internationally, the author of multiple award-winning articles (receiving the IIA’s Thurston award in 2004 and 2014), and a prolific blogger (consistently rating as one of the top global influencers in social media on the topics of GRC, internal audit, risk management, and governance). 

Norman was profiled in publications of the AICPA and the IIA as an innovative and successful internal auditing leader. He has also been honored as a Fellow of the Open Compliance and Ethics Group for his GRC thought leadership, and as an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management for his contributions to risk management. In 2018, he was inducted into the IIA’s American Hall of Distinguished Practitioners.

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