A rose by any other name
Protiviti is a global consulting firm whose name is a combination
of the words "professionalism," "proactivity," "independence" and
"integrity." Founded as a subsidiary of Robert Half International
in 2002, in the days leading up to the passage of the
Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the firm started out with more than 700
professionals from Arthur Andersen's U.S. internal audit and
business risk consulting practices. Today, with 2,500 professionals
operating out of more than 70 offices in over 20 countries, the
firm serves clients in a broad swath of industries, including
consumer products, energy, financial services, government,
healthcare and life sciences, industrial products, private equity,
and technology, media and communications.
After its founding, the firm expanded at a rapid pace, growing
to the globe-spanning organization it is today. Its experts,
specializing in risk and advisory services, help clients by
providing the necessary business process and technology skills to
address challenges related to finance, operations, technology,
governance, risk and internal audit. Protiviti's internal audit
expertise spans a variety of areas, including internal audit
activities on a fully outsourced basis or working with existing
internal audit functions to supplement teams lacking adequate staff
Over the years, the firm has served more than 35 percent of the
companies on the Fortune1000 and Global 500.
Spread the Protiviti word
As one of the world's largest independent internal audit and risk
consulting firms, Protiviti has a thing or two to say about its
areas of expertise. The firm regularly participates in and sponsors
a variety of industry conferences and tradeshows to share risk
management strategies. The firm also hosts webinars and local
events to provide insight into a variety of business issues.
Protiviti's subject-matter experts frequently contribute articles
to trade publications and speak at conferences, as well.
For the bookworms, Protiviti's online library provides
complimentary access to its survey reports, white papers, resource
guides, regulatory updates and newsletters. Protiviti's
KnowledgeLeader, a subscription-based website, offers additional
tools, templates and resources, such as best practices, white
papers and methodologies.
IN THE NEWS
They've done it again
Protiviti was named one of the 10 "Best Places to Work for Recent Grads" by
Experience, Inc. Marking the firm's second consecutive appearance
on this list, Protiviti was recognized for the outstanding
opportunities that it offers entry-level candidates, including
career growth, organizational culture and benefits.
Looking back…and looking ahead
Protiviti President and CEO Joe Tarantino sat down with
Consulting magazine to discuss Protiviti's 10th
anniversary as a firm, where it's been and where it's headed. As
Tarantino notes in the article, "I think we've fulfilled the vision
we had back when we started, but we all believe there's a lot more
we can achieve. As we look back on our beginnings, I think we're
all pretty excited about our future."
The scoop on security
Protiviti released new research, The Current State of IT
Security and Privacy Policies and Practices, which revealed
that companies have become highly proficient at collecting vast
amounts of data, but many appear to be less savvy when it comes to
classifying and managing it. Among key survey findings, IT
executives and managers at nearly a quarter of organizations who
participated in the study believe senior management at their firms
has limited or no understanding of the difference between sensitive
information and other data. Learn more about the research at www.protiviti.com/ITsecuritysurvey.
Banking experts deposit themselves at
Following a distinguished thirty-year career at the Office of the
Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), seasoned bank regulator Tim Long joined the New York office of
Protiviti as a managing director and a leader in the U.S. financial
services practice. In this role, Long brings deep skills as a
recognized expert in large and complex bank supervision, regional
financial institutions and community banking. Long was preceded by
another former regulator, Steve Fritts, who joined Protiviti from the
FDIC in 2011.
Feeling the magic
Protiviti was positioned as a "Leader" by Gartner, Inc. in the Magic Quadrant for Financial Management Consulting
Services1. Protiviti was one of 10 global consulting
firms that Gartner evaluated in the report, which assesses each
firm's financial management consulting capabilities and is used to
help organizations evaluate the right consultants to support
finance function consulting needs.
Quadrant for Financial Management Consulting Services" by
Jacqueline Heng, December 19, 2011.