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Unlocking the Power of Business Resilience: The Importance of Cyber Security & Financial Audit

As a CFO, business owner, or company director in Australia, you are responsible for ensuring the financial stability and success of your organization.

You navigate complex regulatory requirements, manage risk, and make strategic decisions to drive growth. But in today's rapidly changing digital landscape, one critical component of your job can often be overlooked: cyber security.

According to the Australian Cyber Security Centre, the cost of cybercrime to the Australian economy is estimated to reach $29.9 billion annually. In the face of this growing threat, it's essential to ensure that cyber security is integrated into your annual financial audit. Not only does this help you identify and mitigate risk, but it also supports your organization in becoming more resilient against cyber attacks.

The Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AUASB) recognizes the importance of cyber security in financial audits. The AUASB's ISA 315 (Revised) on Identifying and Assessing the Risks of Material Misstatement through Understanding the Entity and its Environment, highlights the need for auditors to consider the entity's internal control environment, including its information systems and technology.

By incorporating cyber security into your annual financial audit, you'll gain a better understanding of your organization's current cyber risk profile and the measures in place to protect against cyber attacks. This will enable you to make informed decisions about where to allocate resources and prioritise investments in cyber security.

Additionally, including cyber security in your financial audit will help you meet regulatory requirements and demonstrate to stakeholders that your organization takes cyber security seriously. A robust cyber security framework is not only important for protecting your organization's data and assets, but it also helps build trust with your customers and stakeholders.

In conclusion, cyber security is no longer an optional consideration in the financial audit process. By integrating it into your annual financial audit, you can unlock the power of business resilience, stay ahead of emerging threats, and safeguard the future success of your organization. Partner with Lynden to ensure that your annual financial audit includes a comprehensive assessment of cyber security and provides the insights you need to make informed decisions about your organization's financial and cyber health.

At Lynden Group, our advisors are well-equipped to help companies navigate the complex landscape of cyber security during their annual financial audit.

With deep expertise in the area of cyber resilience and a thorough understanding of the latest developments in the field, we work closely with clients to ensure that their financial statements accurately reflect the risks and impacts of cyber security.

Whether it's by providing guidance on relevant frameworks, helping to assess the effectiveness of existing cyber security controls, or developing comprehensive cyber security plans and recovery strategies, we strive to be a valuable partner in the journey towards a more secure and resilient future.

So if you're looking to make sure that your financial audit takes cyber security into account, consider working with the experts at Lynden Group.

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