Who needs risk management? All firms do.The passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 has resulted in significant legal and regulatory changes affecting auditors of publicly traded companies. Given the current litigious climate, the inherent danger of auditing nano- and small-cap firms, and most firms doing larger and larger engagements, risk management may soon become one of the top five issues in managing an accounting practice.

My work in this area shows that there are seven basic best practices that firms can embrace to reduce risk, since it can never be totally eliminated.

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