Definition

internal control

An internal control is a business practice, policy or procedure that is established within an organization to create value or minimize risk.

A subset of internal controls, IT controls, are designed to ensure that the information technology (IT) within  an organization operates as intended, that data is reliable, and that the organization is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

 

See also: control framework, enterprise risk management (ERM), governance, risk and compliance (GRC), GRC software, best practices

This was last updated in March 2011
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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