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Whilst much of the public and social sector are pre-occupied with many of the big and high-profile services to communities, one area that seldom gets a positive spotlight are waste services. That said, one of the most common topics of local resident social media chat groups is ‘which bin should I put out tonight?’ (or to that effect).
The Horizon Scanning report provides insight in to the new and emerging areas of risks that Heads of Internal Audit should be considering when preparing and planning their Internal Audit Plans for 2023/24.
The extent to which an organisation’s culture supports the execution of its strategy, the management of risk and the treatment of its service users is increasingly under the spotlight, and weaknesses in culture are now frequently blamed for failings in these areas.
IR35 is still very much in the headlines in the public and social sector, with organisations such as NHS Digital and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) facing sizeable charges for underpaid tax and NIC by HMRC.
Ransomware is one of the biggest cyber threats to the UK. Ransomware attacks can come with huge financial and reputational costs beyond the ransom itself, with many stopping critical business operations for days or even weeks at a time.
Covid-19 changed the world faster than anyone was prepared for and forced us to move to a digital way of working almost overnight. Hybrid and remote working plus an increased dependence on IT infrastructure has amplified the opportunities for cyber threat actors, particularly at times of conflict with nation-states testing the security boundaries of nearly every public sector organisation.