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Potential Internal Auditor Magazine Article Topics

Internal Auditor's Publications Advisory Committee, staff, and readers have helped compile the following list of topic suggestions. Although many of the topics are somewhat broad, the magazine's editors look for manuscripts with a clearly defined focus. To ensure topics are tailored appropriately for our audience, we recommend that prospective authors submit an outline proposal for review before drafting a full manuscript.


The changing relationship between audit committees and chief audit executives.
Improving audit committee performance — is internal auditing stepping up to the plate?
A​uditing management compliance processes (how are issues surfaced and monitored?)


What are organizations doing to protect customer data, in light of recent incidents of customer data loss?
Working relationships between in-house legal counsel and internal audit departments.


Collaboration among the Three Lines.
Case study article on ERM implementation.
Effective reporting of risk assessment results (leading practices).
Reputation risk, especially in light of recent high-profile instances of corporate reputation damage.


Artificial intelligence.
Business continuity planning.
Top IT audit risks.
Social media risks.
IT security vulnerability.
Emerging technologies.
Advanced cyber threats (cyber intelligence and warfare).


Case studies of audits involving the organization's moral principles, rules, standards, or tone at the top.
Auditing ethics and compliance programs.

Operational Auditing

Auditing benefit and contribution plan management (401K, pension, etc.).
Auditing workplace safety.
Food and product safety.

Financial and Compliance Auditing

Internal auditing's role in off-balance-sheet items.
Risks associated with business combinations.
Best practices in post-acquisition audits.
Auditing the due diligence process.
How should internal and external auditors work together?

Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability

Customer relationship monitoring.
Environmental auditing.
Auditing sustainability KPIs.
Carbon trading, offsets, and renewable energy credits.
Auditing employee safety.
Green IT audits.
Product integrity and safety audits.

Audit Management & Skills

Getting to the point — effective audit ratings.
Audit speed — opportunities for enhancement.
Interacting with the board.
Agile auditing.

Other Topics

Issues pertaining to internal auditors in the public sector.
Industry-specific case studies — utilities, gaming, health care, etc.
Measuring and improving internal audit efficiency.
How to audit for conflicts of interest.