Major Risks for 2013 Identified by Executives and Board Members in Survey From North Carolina State University ERM Initiative

Major Risks for 2013 Identified by Executives and Board Members in Survey From 
North Carolina State University ERM Initiative and Protiviti 
Regulatory Environment, Economic Climate Top the List of Concerns 
MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The top risks that corporate leaders 
see on the horizon include the effect of regulatory changes combined with 
heightened regulatory scrutiny on product and service offerings; global 
economic conditions that are significantly limiting growth potential; and an 
unstable political climate in different markets worldwide, according to 
Executive Perspectives on Top Risks for 2013 (, a 
just-released report of survey findings from global consulting firm Protiviti 
( and the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Initiative at 
North Carolina State University's Poole College of Management. 
The survey sought the views of more than 200 board members and C-level 
executives across a wide variety of industries about the risks their 
organizations expect to face in 2013. Participants were asked to rate a list 
of 20 risk issues on a scale of one to 10, with one indicating "no impact" and 
10 indicating "extensive impact." 
According to the survey results, the top 10 risks rated as having the greatest 
impact in 2013 are: 
|Rank |Risk Issue                                               |Index|
|     |Regulatory changes and heightened regulatory scrutiny may|     |
|1    |affect the manner in which our products or services will |6.8  |
|     |be produced or delivered                                 |     |
|     |Economic conditions in markets we currently serve will   |     |
|2    |significantly restrict growth opportunities for our      |6.5  |
|     |organization                                             |     |
|3    |Uncertainty surrounding political leadership in national |6.0  |
|     |and international markets will limit growth opportunities|     |
|     |Organic growth through customer acquisition and/or       |5.5  |
|4    |enhancement presents a significant challenge             |     |
|     |_________________________________________________________|_____|
|(tie)|Succession challenges and the ability to attract and     |     |
|     |retain top talent may limit our ability to achieve       |5.5  |
|     |operational targets                                      |     |
|     |Anticipated volatility in global financial markets and   |     |
|     |currencies will create challenging issues for our        |5.4  |
|     |organization to address                                  |     |
|6    |_________________________________________________________|_____|
|     |Cyber threats have the potential to significantly disrupt|5.4  |
|(tie)|core operations for our organization                     |     |
|     |_________________________________________________________|_____|
|     |Ensuring privacy/identity management and information     |     |
|     |security/system protection will require significant      |5.4  |
|     |resources for us                                         |     |
|     |Resistance to change will restrict our organization from |     |
|9    |making necessary adjustments to the business model and   |5.2  |
|     |core operations                                          |     |
|     |Our existing operations may not be able to meet          |     |
|10   |performance expectations related to quality, time to     |4.9  |
|     |market, cost and innovation as well as our competitors   |     |
Of note, while the overall ranking of the regulatory environment was 6.8, the 
financial services and healthcare sectors both showed significantly higher 
levels of concern, with rankings of 8.5 and 8.2 respectively. 
"An aggressive regulatory environment is here to stay and companies must be 
prepared or risk being overwhelmed and distracted by it," said Carol Beaumier, 
executive vice president with Protiviti. "The executives surveyed clearly 
understand the commitment and resources required to manage the new regulatory 
world they do business in, and the significant risks, both financial and 
otherwise, to a non-compliant approach." Added Beaumier, "The respondents to 
our survey also clearly indicated their concern about identifying new areas 
for growth, given the economic conditions in the markets their companies 
currently serve." 
According to Dr. Mark Beasley, Deloitte Professor of Enterprise Risk 
Management and director of the ERM Initiative at NC State's Poole College of 
Management, the growing number of companies that have operations in foreign 
countries and more dependency on a global economy has increased the need to 
anticipate and manage risk around political uncertainties and volatility in 
global financial markets. "While the largest companies may often seem to have 
the greatest international exposure to these risks, the reality is that few 
organizations are immune to the vagaries of the global economic and financial 
markets and the related impact on demand, rates, credit availability and 
Additional Survey Highlights 

    --  Overall, most executives rated the current environment as
        significantly risky, with the majority saying they are likely
        to make changes or deploy more resources during the next 12
        months to manage their respective risks.
    --  Chief risk officers (CROs) and CFOs were the groups with the
        highest ratings in terms of their likelihood to make changes.
    --  The largest organizations rated the greatest number of risks as
        "Significant Impact" risks, reflecting the complexities of
        their operations.
    --  The nature of risks varies noticeably across different
        industries and sizes of organizations, with financial services,
        healthcare/life sciences, and technology, media and
        communications organizations reporting the greatest number of
        significant risks.
    --  Not surprisingly, information security breaches and cyber
        threats that have the ability to disrupt core operations ranked
        high on the list of challenges, with financial services and
        technology, media, and communication companies showing the
        highest levels of concern in this area.

"The results of this survey are a staunch reminder of the need to devote more 
resources to risk management and risk oversight, including greater investment 
in internal controls," said Jim DeLoach, a managing director with Protiviti. 
"The complexities and risks within the global business environment will only 
continue to expand, which is why it is imperative that corporate leaders and 
their boards continue to have the right insights and tools to help them manage 
the developments and emerging issues that surround a very dynamic regulatory, 
economic and political environment."

Podcast and Webinar The report from Protiviti and NC State Poole College's ERM 
Initiative, Executive Perspectives on Top Risks for 2013, is available at and, along with a podcast 
featuring DeLoach and Beasley discussing the major findings from the study. 
Additionally, Protiviti will host a webinar with Beaumier, DeLoach and 
Beasley, which further explores the survey results on Wednesday, March 13, 
2013 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. Please register for the complimentary webinar at

About Protiviti Protiviti ( is a global consulting firm that 
helps companies solve problems in finance, technology, operations, governance, 
risk and internal audit. Through its network of more than 70 offices in over 
20 countries, Protiviti has served more than 35 percent of FORTUNE(®) 1000 
and Global 500 companies. The firm also works with smaller, growing companies, 
including those looking to go public, as well as with government agencies.

Protiviti is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Half International (NYSE: 
RHI). Founded in 1948, Robert Half International is a member of the S&P 500 

Protiviti is not licensed or registered as a public accounting firm and does 
not issue opinions on financial statements or offer attestation services.

About North Carolina State University Poole College's ERM Initiative The 
Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Initiative in the Poole College of Management 
at North Carolina State University provides thought leadership about ERM 
practices and their integration with strategy and corporate governance. 
Faculty in the ERM Initiative frequently work with boards of directors and 
senior management teams helping them link ERM to strategy and governance, host 
executive workshops and educational training sessions, and issue research and 
thought papers on practical approaches to implementing more effective risk 
oversight techniques (

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