Fraud is ever evolving and in our world, there are always new and changing ways for fraud to occur. This course reviews the connection between fraud and the control environment as well as the concepts of the fraud triangle and fraud diamond. We then delve deeply into the concept of creating a fraud risk maturity model to help organizations assess their current capabilities towards fraud.

The Capability Maturity Model is a development model created in 1986 after a study of data collected from organizations that contracted with the U.S. Department of Defense, who funded the research. The maturity model concept has long been used o evaluate various processes. It is a tool that businesses use to measure how well their business or project is doing and how capable they are of continuous improvement. It can be an effective tool to assist organizations in evaluating their fraud mitigation methods.

Learning Objectives
  • Explore the definitions of the Control Environment and its relationship to fraud.
  • Discover and evaluate the fraud triangle and fraud diamond and their theories on fraud.
  • Explore and understand the stages of the maturity model continuum as it relates to fraud.
  • Identify sample attributes for a fraud maturity model.
  • Explore sample stage definitions for specific attributes for a fraud maturity model.
  • Identify steps when delivering the process of the fraud maturity model.
  • Recognize and determine the impact of fraud on the identification of deficiency status.
Last updated/reviewed: March 10, 2024
7 Reviews (23 ratings)


Anonymous Author
I like the way that it showed how you could use a Model Matrix Approach to assess the impact of fraud on the control environment. This could benefit both analyst and auditors in performing their work.

Anonymous Author
Since this is a text based course its difficult to follow. However the learning objectives of fraud triangle, control environment and fraud maturity model is well explained.

Anonymous Author
Good overview of the use of a maturity model matrix approach for assessing the impact of fraud on internal controls. Good for internal auditors or SOX professionals.

Anonymous Author
Maturity levels are an excellent set of concepts. I liked the tables to compare and contrast levels.

Anonymous Author
This course was extremely beneficial, because of how critical fraud has become in the work place.

Anonymous Author
This is a good course to demonstrate knowledge to get CPE. It's a good pdf that is thorough.

Anonymous Author
Easy to understand material and applicable to all companies.

Course Complexity: Foundational
No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.
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Company: Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
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  Using a Maturity Model Matrix Approach to Assess the Impact of Fraud on the Control Environment (Text Based Course)PDF