YCN Group, LLC is a focused software and consulting company founded by career internal audit professionals.  Our aim is to assist internal audit functions and others interested in sound internal controls to deal more effectively with the challenges facing modern organizations.  We understand the demands and difficulties facing auditors because we have faced those challenges  before and we are willing to work with you to find solutions for your organization.  YCN connects many diverse talents and abilities, each with a dedication to help improve auditability and control in organizations and a passion for superb service.

September 14, 2014

YCN Group introduces Multiple Virtual Environments for Audit Management Systems


YCN Group, LLC is pleased to announce the addition of “Multiple Virtual Environment” functionality in our core software offering, the AuditOL Suite.  Multiple Virtual Environments or MVE gives YCN clients the ability to create fully autonomous groupings of its overall audit universe, audit projects, and staff within one single installation of the AuditOL Suite.  MVE includes robust security over online functionality as well as system reports that allow segregation between environments with the ability for aggregation across all MVEs as desired.  MVE features also allow flexibility in assigning staff and projects across environments to meet organizational needs.


The MVE function was designed for organizations like College and University .....


Career Internal Audit Experience

At YCN Group, we value the role of the Internal Audit function.  Because of this, we have structured our Executive Team to be made up of career internal auditors.  Our executive team has over 100 years of Internal Audit experience, ranging in many different types of industry, including public, private, and non-profit industries.


Stephen W. Minder
Chief Executive Officer

Stephen founded YCN Group in 2007 upon his retirement from Archer Daniels Midland, a Global Fortune 50 Agriprocessing Company in Decatur, IL.  Stephen has 36 years of Internal Audit experience, including time working for the Illinois Department of Revenue, EY, as well as 11 years as Chief Audit Executive and 4 years as Corporate Compliance Officer at Archer Daniels Midland.  He has also been highly involved in the Institute of Internal Auditors, serving in various capacities since 1980.  He served on the IIA Board of Trustees for 10 years, as well as worked on the Board of Research Advisors, Advanced Technology Committee, Seminars Committee, and the Global Finance Committee.  He currently serves on the Global Ethics Committee.  He is also a founding member of the Illini Chapter of Information Systems Audit Control Association (ISACA).  He is based out of Springfield, IL.

Mark J. Hornung
Executive Vice President

Mark is the Executive Vice President and CFO for YCN Group.  Mark is a former regional and national office partner with Ernst and Young (E&Y), including a role as the Global Internal Audit practice leader. Mark has led and managed many Internal Audit outsourcing, co-sourcing, Sarbanes-Oxley 404 and Enterprise Risk Management projects throughout his career.  He has provided internal audit services to over 50 Fortune 1000 companies, including interim Chief Audit Executive roles at both a Fortune 50, and a Russell 2000 company.    Mark is the 2014-2015 President of the Twin Cities Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), and has held prior leadership roles with IIA headquarters serving for several years on the Advance Technology committee, and also working with ISACA on their Computer Audit Control and Security (CACS) conference for several years, including time as the conference chair.

Philip E. Flora
VP - Client Services

Phil joined the YCN Group as the Vice President, Client Services in 2013.  Prior to YCN, Phil was affiliated with Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, Farm Credit Banks and FloBiz & Associates, LLC.  His career included over 16 years as a Chief Audit Executive in addition to experience in banking, public accounting and cost accounting. He also has over 30 years of auditing/management experience.  He has been involved in the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Research Foundation currently serving on the Board of Trustees, former Chair for the Committee of Research Advisors and a member of the Public Sector Committee.  He is also a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Throughout his career, Phil has been a frequent speaker and trainer on a wide variety of leading practice internal audit topics.  Phil is based out of Austin, Texas.


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