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Sean Lyons

Author and Corporate Defense Advisor

Sean Lyons is internationally recognized as a corporate defense pioneer and thought leader. As the architect of the cross-functional discipline of corporate defense management (CDM) he is widely regarded as the foremost authority in this emerging field. With almost three decades of experience in corporate defense activities he is a firm advocate of the requirement for corporate defense to play a more prominent role in corporate strategy.

Biography

Sean Lyons is globally recognized as a corporate defense thought leader and strategist. He is acknowledged as the pioneer responsible for proposing the umbrella term "Corporate Defense" to represent an organization’s collective program for self-defense, and also for being the first person to propose the extended "Five Lines of Defense"oversight model which is currently receiving increasing levels of regulatory attention. Sean is published internationally, and has lectured and spoken as a subject matter expert at lectures, seminars, and conferences in Europe, North America, and Asia. These speaking engagements include topics such as corporate governance, enterprise risk management (ERM), compliance, security, business continuity, internal controls, assurance, and governance, risk and compliance (GRC). His work on corporate defense has been cited in a number of books and multitude of other publications on the above topics. As the architect of the cross-functional discipline of Corporate Defense Management (CDM) he is widely regarded as the foremost authority in this emerging field. With more than 20 years experience in corporate defense activities he is a firm advocate of the requirement for corporate defense to play a more prominent role in corporate strategy. In an effort to help achieve this objective Sean has been an active contributor to public consultations in many of the above topics.

In 2016 CRC Press published Sean's innovative book entitled "Corporate Defense and the Value Preservation Imperative: Bulletproof Your Corporate Defense Program". This book has since been critically acclaimed by a host of distinguished corporate commentators. In 2015 Sean was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the inaugural publication of the Journal of Enterprise Risk Management, the first academic journal to focus solely on enterprise risk management. In 2013 he was the invited keynote speaker at the Asian Confederation of Institute of Internal Auditors (ACIIA) Chief Audit Executive Leadership Forum in Mumbai, for their two day conference entitled "Enterprise Defense Management: Internal Auditors to the Fore" (a theme which was based on his CDM framework). In 2011 he was an invited member of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN)'s taskforce on promoting the "ICGN Corporate Risk Oversight Guidelines". In 2010 the Conference Board published his influential paper entitled "Security as a Critical Component of Corporate Defense" which was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as part of their ongoing project to assess security risk exposure and business preparedness in the private sector. Sean was shortlisted as a finalist in the GRC MVP 2009 Awards run by the US based GRC Group (SOX Institute) which was co-chaired by Senator Paul Sarbanes and Congressman Michael Oxley. These awards recognized individual achievements and professional contributions in governance, risk management, and compliance, and honored professionals who demonstrated excellence in this field.

For a number of years Sean was also the resident contributor in the field of corporate defense for the RiskCenter, a New York financial risk management media company (then based on Wall Street).

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Corporate Defense, Corporate Governance, Risk Management, Compliance Management, Corporate Intelligence, Security Management, Corporate Resilience, Internal Controls, Corporate Assurance.  

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Books

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Articles

Accountancy & Business (AB) Magazine (Ireland), May 2017 Issue

On Your Guard / Corporate Defence and Long-Term Value Preservation


Published: May 01, 2017 by Accountancy & Business (AB) Magazine (Ireland), May 2017 Issue
Authors: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

Corporate defence strategies have become essential to long-term value preservation, and accountants can have a major influence on their development, argues Sean Lyons

Enterprise Risk Magazine, Spring 2017 Issue

Is Anyone Watching the Backdoor?


Published: Mar 01, 2017 by Enterprise Risk Magazine, Spring 2017 Issue
Authors: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

Companies need to strike the right balance between bringing in the cash, and preserving value in the business. Is a new focus on corporate defence in order? - By Sean Lyons (Page 22-25)

The Risk Universe Magazine, Issue 56, August 2016

21st Century Corporate Defence


Published: Aug 01, 2016 by The Risk Universe Magazine, Issue 56, August 2016
Authors: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

Corporate defence management strategist Sean Lyons, identifies and dissects the various elements needed to develop a sustainable and effective corporate defence strategy.

Forbes, July 2016

Forbes Interview: Evaluating Corporate Defense Through Different Lenses


Published: Jul 28, 2016 by Forbes, July 2016
Authors: Christopher P. Skroupa
Subjects: Business & Management

Forbes contributor Christopher P. Skroupa interviews Sean Lyons about his new book.

The Ethical Boardroom Magazine, Spring 2016 Edition

Bulletproof Your Defence


Published: May 01, 2016 by The Ethical Boardroom Magazine, Spring 2016 Edition
Authors: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

The Ethical Boardroom Magazine - Spring 2016 Edition. Sean Lyons' article examines the role of the Board in delivering a robust corporate defense program.

The Journal of Enterprise Risk Management, Vol.1, No.1, February 2015

Enterprise Risk Management and the Five Lines of Corporate Defense


Published: Feb 01, 2015 by The Journal of Enterprise Risk Management, Vol.1, No.1, February 2015
Authors: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

Applying the extended five lines of corporate defense oversight model to the ERM program can help to ensure that all strategic, tactical, and operational roles and responsibilities are clearly outlined, and to provide a mechanism for holding individuals (or groups) to account for the performance of these duties.

The Ethical Boardroom Magazine, Winter 2014 Edition

Striking a Balance: Offence v Defence


Published: Dec 01, 2014 by The Ethical Boardroom Magazine, Winter 2014 Edition
Authors: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

In the minds of many stakeholders, an organisation has a corporate responsibility to defend its stakeholders’ interests. This responsibility includes safeguarding, protecting and valuing the interests of all of its stakeholders, with a view to ensuring the long-term sustainability of stakeholder value. This responsibility begins with the board.

International Accountant, Issue 70, May 2013

Corporate Defence Management and the Role of Accountants


Published: May 01, 2013 by International Accountant, Issue 70, May 2013
Authors: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

Achieving a healthy balance between offence and defence in business.

CSO Magazine, March 2013

CSO Magazine Interview: Getting the Board on board


Published: Mar 01, 2013 by CSO Magazine, March 2013
Authors: Derek Slater
Subjects: Business & Management

Q&A with CSO Magazine's Derek Slater: Sean Lyons argues that the Board of Directors must see themselves as an active part of corporate defense - not the beneficiaries of it

Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine, Issue 56, November/December 2012

Achieving a Balance between Offence and Defence in 21st Century Capitalism


Published: Nov 30, 2012 by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine, Issue 56, November/December 2012
Authors: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

If capitalism in the 21st century is to deliver long-term sustainable value, it must achieve a healthy balance between offence and defence. This will require a notable correction to the current imbalance.

BusinessFinance Magazine, Full Disclosure Blog

The Fate of Capitalism Hinges on…Risk Management


Published: Nov 16, 2012 by BusinessFinance Magazine, Full Disclosure Blog
Authors: Eric Krell
Subjects: Business & Management

BusinessFinance Magazine's Eric Krell discusses Sean Lyons' M-Prize submission for the Long-Term Capitalism Challenge.

The Business Continuity and Resilience Journal, Vol. One, Issue Three, Q3 2012

Defending Our Stakeholders: Corporate Defence Management (CDM) Explored


Published: Aug 01, 2012 by The Business Continuity and Resilience Journal, Vol. One, Issue Three, Q3 2012
Authors: Sean Lyons

Sean Lyons discusses the corporate defence management multi-dimensional framework.

Management Innovation eXchange (MIX) - M-Prize Submission

Achieving a Healthy Balance Between Offense & Defense in 21st Century Capitalism


Published: Apr 26, 2012 by Management Innovation eXchange (MIX) - M-Prize Submission
Authors: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

Sean Lyons' submission to the Harvard Business Review / McKinsey M-Prize for Management Innovation - The Long -Term Capitalism Challenge 2012 .

The Corporate Governance Alliance Digest, January 2012

A Lines of Defense Approach to Corporate Oversight


Published: Jan 30, 2012 by The Corporate Governance Alliance Digest, January 2012
Authors: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

The financial crisis of 2008 exposed weaknesses in corporate oversight at all levels. As a result, stakeholders are now demanding higher standards of corporate citizenship and improved oversight.

The Conference Board Executive Action Report, No. 365, October 2011

Corporate Oversight and Stakeholder Lines of Defense


Published: Aug 18, 2011 by The Conference Board Executive Action Report, No. 365, October 2011
Authors: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

A corporate oversight framework needs to provide a clear structure of accountability and a solid foundation from which to safeguard stakeholder interests and optimize stakeholder value.

Accountancy & Business (Ireland) Magazine, March 2011

On the Defensive (Ireland Inc.)


Published: Mar 30, 2011 by Accountancy & Business (Ireland) Magazine, March 2011
Authors: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

Sean Lyons on the future of Ireland Inc. as viewed from a corporate defence perspective.

Intellectual Asset  Management (IAM) Magazine, Issue 45, January/February 2011

Enterprise Security


Published: Jan 01, 2011 by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine, Issue 45, January/February 2011
Authors: Dr. JongPil Cheon and Michael D Moberly
Subjects: Business & Management

This article is an account of the Intangible Asset Finance Society's (IAFS) monthly meeting (September 2010), titled "Enterprise Security", in which Sean Lyons and former Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, Robert Liscouski of Implant Sciences discussed a variety of issues related to intangible assets in the context of enterprise security.

The Business Continuity Journal, Vol. Four, Issue One, April 2010

The Future Role of BCM in Contemporary Corporate Defence


Published: Aug 18, 2010 by The Business Continuity Journal, Vol. Four, Issue One, April 2010
Authors: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

This paper aims to initially look at the changing perception of corporate defence, followed by a review of the developments which have occurred in business continuity management (BCM) and other defence related activities. Finally the paper addresses the potential future role of BCM in this corporate defence space.

The Conference Board Executive Action Report, No. 330, July 2010

Security as a Critical Component of Corporate Defense


Published: Jul 01, 2010 by The Conference Board Executive Action Report, No. 330, July 2010
Authors: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

In the past, security measures were often deployed in reaction to an incident or a likely threat, but today’s corporations are expected to integrate multiple layers of security into a coherent and preventative framework. Risk management principles and practices developed during the last decade can be of assistance; however, they require corporate boards to take ownership and lead the initiative.

BusinessFinance Magazine, Full Disclosure Blog, 6th May 2010

RiskChat: What Is Corporate Defense Management?


Published: May 06, 2010 by BusinessFinance Magazine, Full Disclosure Blog, 6th May 2010
Authors: Eric Krell
Subjects: Business & Management

BusinessFinance Magazine's Eric Krell interviews Sean Lyons about Corporate Defense Management.

The Internal Auditor (October 2009)

In Defense of the Corporation


Published: Oct 01, 2009 by The Internal Auditor (October 2009)
Authors: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

This paper outlines the individual components which constitute an organization’s corporate defense program and explains how corporate defense management (CDM) involves addressing the strategic management of these critical components. Finally it addresses how internal auditing, in its assurance role, has an important role to play, not only within the corporate defense program itself, but also in advising the relevant stakeholders of the lack or level of maturity of such a program.

EDPACS: The EDP Audit and Controls Newsletter, July 2009, Vol. XL, No.1

Optimized Corporate Defense Programs: A 5 Step Roadmap


Published: Jul 01, 2009 by EDPACS: The EDP Audit and Controls Newsletter, July 2009, Vol. XL, No.1
Authors: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

This paper begins by comparing the concept of defense in both the sporting and corporate worlds. It then identifies the critical components which constitute an organization’s program for self-defense. The idea of introducing a formal corporate defense program which integrates all of these critical components is then examined. The paper concludes by stating the business case for adopting a 5 step roadmap in relation to a formal corporate defense program.

The Society of Actuaries (SOA) - ERM Symposium 2008 Monograph, March 2009

Risk Management's Role in Corporate Defense


Published: May 01, 2009 by The Society of Actuaries (SOA) - ERM Symposium 2008 Monograph, March 2009
Authors: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

Corporate defense represents an organization's program of self-defense, including the structures, measures, mechanisms and processes aimed at defending the interests of all of its stakeholders. This increasingly requires a more comprehensive, progressive and proactive approach to the management of all defense-related activities, and the co-ordination and integration of a range of interrelated disciplines.

Continuity Central, Operational Risk, 20th March 2009

Corporate Defense Insights: Dispatches from the Front Lines (Q&A series)


Published: Mar 20, 2009 by Continuity Central, Operational Risk, 20th March 2009
Authors: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

This paper by Sean Lyons provides a series of interviews with experts in different corporate defense related activities (i.e. governance, risk, compliance, intelligence, security, resilience, controls, and assurance).

Corporate Governance Quarterly (CGQ), (Spring Issue & Summer Issue 2009)

The Changing Face of Corporate Defence in the 21st Century (Part 1 & Part 2)


Published: Mar 01, 2009 by Corporate Governance Quarterly (CGQ), (Spring Issue & Summer Issue 2009)
Authors: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

Sean Lyons looks at emerging developments in corporate defence.

The Business Continuity Journal, Vol. Two, Issue Four, January 2008

Corporate Defence: Risk Management, Business Resilience and Beyond


Published: Jan 31, 2008 by The Business Continuity Journal, Vol. Two, Issue Four, January 2008
Authors: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

Corporate defence represents an organisation’s program for self defence or selfprotection. This paper explains the concept in more detail and explores where business continuity fits into the corporate defence paradigm.

The Bank Director, October 2006

Corporate Defence Management: A Strategic Imperative


Published: Oct 16, 2006 by The Bank Director, October 2006
Authors: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

In the extraordinary times we now find ourselves in, financial institutions are facing extra-ordinary challenges, and the requirement for robust corporate defence capabilities has never been more evident. While in former times the challenges facing the financial world were continually changing, it is the accelerated rate at which this change is currently occurring which may yet prove to be the greatest challenge to corporate survival.

The Journal of Operational Risk, Vol. 1, No. 2, Summer 2006

Corporate Defence: Are Stakeholder's Interests Adequately Defended?


Published: Aug 01, 2006 by The Journal of Operational Risk, Vol. 1, No. 2, Summer 2006
Authors:
Subjects: Business & Management

Corporate defence requires a proactive approach to co-ordinating and integrating a range of interrelated disciplines which, taken together, can help protect the organization from potential hazards

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A Spectrum of Positive Feedback

By: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

Since its publication my book "Corporate Defense and the Value Preservation Imperative" has received a wide spectrum of positive feedback. This feedback has come from an eclectic mix of corporate commentators, including those commenting from different organizational perspectives (e.g. Strategic, Tactical, & Operational), those commenting from the vantage point of different lines of defense (e.g. the Board, Executive Management, Independent Assurance, Tactical Oversight Functions, & Operational Line Management), and those commenting through the lenses of different corporate defense expertise (e.g. Governance, Risk, Compliance, Intelligence, Security, Resilience, Controls, & Assurance). Interestingly many of these commentators also hail from a variety of geographic locations. Some of these commentators have included the following:
- Prof. Arnold Schilder, Chairman of the International Auditing and Assurance Standard Board (IAASB)
- Gemma Aiolfi, co-founder of the Basel Institute on Governance and Head of the International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA)
- The Risk Management Association (RMA) - April 2017 issue of their RMA Journal (Mary Jo Taylor, SVP at CFG Community Bank)
- The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) India - April 2017 issue of the IIA India Quarterly (Sudhir Varma, President of the IIA India Delhi Chapter)
- James Bone, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) instructor, Columbia University School of Professional Studies 
- Dr. Rainer Lenz, Head of Corporate Audit, Villeroy & Boch
- The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) - November issue of its ACC Docket magazine

For more information:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/corporate-defense-value-preservation-imperative-spectrum-sean-lyons

My book is reviewed in the April 2017 issue of IIA India Quarterly

By: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) India, has published a review of this book in the April 2017 issue of the IIA India Quarterly. This book review was written by Sudhir Varma who is the President of the IIA India Delhi Chapter.  

"I would strongly recommend this book as a text book for study for all CEO's and Entrepreneurs who have a vision to grow their companies into strong and stable ones to withstand the various storms that any business enterprise will have to face in their existence...He [Sean Lyons} has brilliantly structured the book in which one can not only understand CDM [Corporate Defense Management] but also how to manage it. He has converted the art of CDM into a science by structuring every step involved in the process... He begins to align CDM at a macro level with the corporate strategy, its mission and vision statement... It is a guide to build an effective corporate defense program as a key to success." 
 
The complete book review is available in the April 2017 edition of IIA India Quarterly (see page 12):

My book is reviewed in the April 2017 issue of the RMA Journal

By: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

The April 2017 issue of the RMA Journal featured a positive review of my book. The RMA Journal is a peer reviewed award winning magazine published by the Risk Management Association (RMA) for risk practitioners. The book review was written by Mary Jo Taylor, Senior Vice President at CFG Community Bank. In the review Mary Jo states the following:

"Corporate Defense and the Value Preservation Imperative is a very well written book that includes a great amount of detail for developing programs in the areas promised by its title... The book presents a scenario for developing a cross-functional approach to risk as well as incorporating value preservation for a company over the short, medium, and long term... Lyons points out that the role of management is to assess risks and opportunities in conjunction with the CDM framework, and he provides a business case for developing a corporate defense and value preservation program... The book is not only a primer for developing a corporate defense program but also a guide to reviewing existing programs with an eye for potential enhancements... Large community banks would benefit from the book because of the details and varying perspectives it offers on the management of risk, corporate defense, and value preservation... Corporate Defense and the Value Preservation Imperative would be particularly useful to boards and C-suite management interested in developing a corporate defense program and a cost-benefit analysis business case."

The complete book review is available in the April 2017 issue of the RMA Journal (subscription required):

http://www.rmahq.org/thermajournal/

Columbia University risk management instructor mentions my book in article

By: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

James Bone, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) instructor at Columbia University mentioned my book in an interesting article published by Corporate Compliance Insights entitled "Risk Management and the Value Proposition". The article suggests that the value proposition of risk management needs a cross-disciplinary approach as three dimensional (3D) risks require a 3D approach. It looks at the global transformation that risk management is currently going through and mentions my book alongside updates and revisions occurring in areas such as the COSO ERM framework, ISO 31000, Basel III, and the NIST Cyber Security framework. 
 
 
James Bone is also the founder of the GRC Blue Book an online GRC risk knowledge base and the author of a new book entitled "Cognitive Hack, The New Battleground in Cyber Security...the Human Mind". James had previously published a review of my book.  
 
 

 

Co-founder of Basel Institute on Governance reviews my new book

By: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

Gemma Aiolfi, co-founder of the Basel Institute on Governance, (www.baselgovernance.org) has recently published a review of my book. Ms. Aiolfi is the Institute's head of Compliance and Corporate Governance / Collective Action. She is also the head of the International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA) which is an anti-corruption collaboration involving the OECD, the World Economic Forum (WEF), United Nations (UN), Transparency International, the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), TRACE, Universidad de San Andres Argentina, and the Basel Institute on Governance.

IAASB Chairman mentions my book in his keynote speech.

By: Sean Lyons
Subjects: Business & Management

Prof. Arnold Schilder, Chairman of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB), recently delivered the keynote speech at a conference in Brussels entitled "The Future of Audit". This conference was jointly organised by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Grant Thornton, under the patronage of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of EU.

In point 1 of a brief 4 point speech Prof. Schilder outlined the following :

"1. Understanding the business of the auditee, its corporate defense, and value preservation is a cornerstone of a robust audit.

The importance of the auditor’s understanding of the business was emphasized by many who commented on the IAASB’s Invitation to Comment (ITC), Enhancing Audit Quality in the Public Interest. It sounds like an open door. But it was mentioned so often with a twofold background. First, the rapidly changing world that all businesses are part of. Several panelists in the next discussion will elaborate on that. Second, a concern that audits have become a “check-the-box” exercise. Standards and rules can be good guides—but the real journey cannot be predicted. You have to find out yourselves. That is the essence of auditing—your professionalism and independence.

This understanding of the business includes how the auditee has organized its value preservation, and its corporate defense around that. I quote these concepts from a recent book by Sean Lyons that fascinated me. I don’t have the time to elaborate on this, but if I just mention the eight components of the “corporate defense umbrella,” the importance is clear: governance, risk, compliance, intelligence, security, resilience, controls, and assurance. Just one quote to illustrate: “Each organization is required to focus on bringing the dollar in through the front door (offense) while also focusing on preventing the dollar from leaving through the back door (defense).”

This certainly is a great challenge as well as an equal opportunity for assurance providers. This brings me to the next coin."

I am honored that Prof. Schilder has quoted my work and referred to my new book on corporate defense in his speech. The full transcript of Prof. Schilder's keynote address is available at the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) website:

https://www.ifac.org/news-events/2016-11/future-audit 

 

Videos

RiskStudio Interview: Corporate Defense and the Value Preservation Imperative

Published: Aug 17, 2016

In this episode of RiskStudio, Manoj Kulwal and Sean Lyons discuss key ideas from Sean's new book entitled "Corporate Defense and the Value Preservation Imperative".

Corporate Defense Management (CDM): A Multi-Dimensional Framework

Published: Aug 17, 2016

Sean Lyons narrates a short 3D animation which gives an overview of the workings of the Corporate Defense Management (CDM) multi-dimensional framework.

RiskCenter interview with Sean Lyons live on Wall Street

Published: Aug 17, 2016

Sean Lyons discusses a new era of corporate defense at the RiskCenter, live on Wall Street.