The purpose of Internal Control is to ensure that operations are effective and aligned with the strategy, financial reporting and that management information is reliable and in compliance with applicable regulations and operating principles.
Internal control consists of all the guidelines, policies, processes, practices and organizational structure that help ensure that the business conduct is in compliance with all applicable regulations, and that all financial reporting is correct. The guidelines and instructions are made to ensure that accounting and financial information is a true and accurate reflection of the activities and financial situation of the company. Actual performance against sales and cost targets and comparison period is constantly followed up by operative reporting systems on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
The company constantly monitors its cost efficiency and profitability as well as incoming and outgoing payment transactions. If any inconsistencies appear, the issues are handled without delay. The company’s controlling function works in close cooperation with CFO and business units, providing relevant data for business planning purposes and sales estimates. Estimates and revenue recognition are constantly monitored with various follow-up methods. The Company’s controlling team is responsible for consistency and reliability of internal control methods. The controlling team meets business management and key personnel in order to assess the reliability of estimates on continuous basis.
During 2012, the controlling team focused especially on the financial management of the new organization structure. Another focus area continued to be financial support for the Content Cloud business and its restructuring. Furthermore, other important focus areas were financial monitoring of market expansion to Latin America as well as activation and write-off occurrence of R&D projects.
The principles of internal audit are embedded in written guidelines and policies concerning accounting, risk management and controlling. These guidelines and policies in F-Secure are coordinated by the company's Finance department. The company guidelines cover accounting, reporting, documentation, authorization as well as other relevant issues. F-Secure has no separate internal audit function, and therefore this has been taken into account when defining the scope of external audit. The financial management team meets with the auditors several times a year.