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Information & Communication is necessary for the entity to carry out internal control responsibilities to support the achievement of objectives.  Management generates and uses relevant and quality information from both internal and external sources to support the functioning of internal control.  Communication is considered a continual and iterative process of providing, sharing and obtaining necessary information.  Information and Communication is the fourth component in the COSO framework.

COSO 2013 maintained the same five components previously identified within the 1992 framework.  These include:

  • Control Environment
  • Risk Assessment
  • Control Activities
  • Information & Communication
  • Monitoring

This COSO training course is designed to focus on the Information and Communication  component and the three separate principles that support this component. 

Information and Communication stands at the heart of any company.  It incorporates not just verbal communication but also a company’s IT infrastructure.

  • Principle 13: The organization uses relevant information. (5 POF)
  • Principle 14: Internal communication is effective.            (4 POF)
  • Principle 15:  External communication is sufficient.         (5 POF)

The course dissects the three principles and important concepts that companies need to understand and support in order to prove that the principles are in place and functioning.  We also discuss concepts related to mapping the principles to controls within the organization.

Management and the external auditors must understand each of these principles and be able to adequately support that they exist, are appropriately designed and functioning.  In addition, the components must effectively work in combination to provide for a positive attestation to internal controls.

Course Series

This course is included in the following series:

7 CoursesCOSO 2013

  1. COSO 2013 Overview
  2. COSO 2013 Control Environment
  3. COSO 2013 Risk Assessment
  4. COSO 2013 Control Activity
  5. COSO 2013 Information and Communication
  6. COSO 2013 Monitoring
  7. COSO 2013 - Operational Execution

Learning Objectives

  • Defining Information & Communication component for COSO 2013
  • Examining the principles supporting the information and communication component.
  • Articulation of the Points of Focus that support the principles of Information & Communication.
  • Exploring how to utilize these points of focus most efficiently in your transition process.
  • Design of principles vs. execution – understanding the critical difference.
  • How the Information & Communication component connects to the other four components of COSO.
Last updated/reviewed: November 18, 2019

33 Reviews (123 ratings)Reviews

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Anonymous Author
Another very valuable course from Lynn. Many references to real life examples are what makes this course unique, in my opinion. The course would be useful for management to better understand importance of internal controls and COSO principles.
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Anonymous Author
Information and Communication is an element of IC that can be overlooked as something obviously existing and working in the company. This course outlines the basic requitrements to Information and teaches us to not take them lightly.
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Anonymous Author
Lynn did an excellent job explaining why information management and communication are so important to the control environment. I liked how the materials also captured the importance of the IT Infrastructure elements.
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Anonymous Author
Another great course on COSO 2013 from Lynn Fountain. The material was relevant and well-presented, moved at an appropriate pace and was informative. Thank you for your dedication to continuous education.
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Anonymous Author
Good overall presentation on the Points of Focus of the principles of Information&Communication Compliance. The quiz and exam were shorter and easier than the others.
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very informative provided additional clarification to allow for the ability to further improve the internal control structure
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A good overview of how important information and communication are to the control environment of an organization.
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Anonymous Author
Crucial topic for internal auditors to understand and implement in their organization. Very good presentation.
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Anonymous Author
This course discusses the importance of information and communication in the implementation of a good ICS
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Anonymous Author
Lynn continues her dominance as the best trainer on this site. You go, Lynn! Keep up the amazing work.
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Anonymous Author
good information on COSO Complying information & communication component. good examples.
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Member's Profile
Did not do these in order, as I thought would be best, but they also stand alone very well.
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Great review and refresher on COSO principle that concerns information and communication.
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Member's Profile
Good class on the IC component. Worth taking. I like all of the COSO 2013 classes.
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Overall helpful in understanding the information and communication principle
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Anonymous Author
COSO 2013 Information and Communication is a good course.
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Very detailed information for the topic.
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Very detailed and easy to follow.
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Anonymous Author
Good understanding of IC for COSO
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Very good course presentation
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Nicely presented course!!!
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Anonymous Author
It was a very good course
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Excellent presentation
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Interesting subject.
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Anonymous Author
Good information.
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good course
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Good Course
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Good topic
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great!
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Prerequisites

Course Complexity: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Exposure to risk management

 

Advanced Preparation: None

 

Education Provider Information

Company:
Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact:
For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
Course Syllabus
INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
Information and Communication
  10:23Defining Information and Communication
  18:24Information and Communication Principles
Points of Focus
  12:23Points of Focus that Support the I&C Principles
  5:45Understanding How to Utilize the POF in Your Transition Process
CONCLUSION
  7:51Course Conclusion and Summary
Continuous Play
  58:465 COSO 2013 Requirements for Complying with the Information & Communication Component
SUPPORTING MATERIALS
  PDFSlides: Requirements for complying with the Information & Communication
  PDFCOSO Control Activity Glossary/Index
BONUS MATERIAL
  PDFBonus Material: "The Pain of Risk Tolerance"
REVIEW & TEST
  quizREVIEW QUESTIONS
 examFINAL EXAM