A top-down assessment model can help internal auditors keep tabs on regulations and ensure the organization is prepared for what lies ahead.
Noncompliance with laws and regulations carries potentially steep consequences for organizations. Fines, penalties, sanctions, debarment, and public relations nightmares are among the many impacts of compliance failure, not to mention the reputational damage and loss of business that may occur. Moreover, failure to identify and consider laws and regulations may result in missed business opportunities and lack of strategic alignment. In many ways, neglecting to address and manage regulatory change can lead to significant organizational harm.