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Brandon Miller

Brandon Miller

Degree

BBA 2003 (Accounting and
Management Information Systems)

Employment

IT Audit Manager, Ernst & Young, Des Moines


Brandon Miller is no stranger to the Tippie College of Business and the Department of Accounting. Although it's not part of his job description with Ernst & Young, returning to the College to meet with current students is an important part of his career.

Miller, an IT audit manager with Ernst & Young in Des Moines, graduated with a BBA in accounting and management information systems in 2003. Along with other colleagues, he returns to campus each semester to speak with students at organizations like Beta Alpha Psi and the Business Technology Association, attend career fairs, and present in Kevin Felker's Applied Information Systems course, sharing information about careers in public accounting, what he does in his position, and job opportunities at Ernst & Young.

"We talk a lot about what a public accounting firm does and specifically what an IT auditor does," he says. "We explain the current work environment, what new regulations and standards that are coming out that are applicable to the public accounting and auditing realms, and what an IT auditor does on a day-to-day basis."

Miller says students are generally knowledgeable about what's happening in the field because professors keep them aware of current trends and issues.

"When we visit, we're helping them see the application of their theoretical learning, answering questions like 'What does that really mean when you start your career?' or 'How do you use that in your daily work life?'"

 

He added an IT general control case presentation, which he created for his company and for Felker's class specifically.

Students are required to read the 20-page case and answer questions in advance of their visit. Through the case and discussion in class, students learn the relationship between IT controls and a financial statement audit and why IT controls are important for accounting and MIS majors to understand.

 

"IT controls are tested on the CPA exam and are a significant part of audit methodology," he says, "yet not a lot of time is spent discussing this in class. I enjoy showing students the relevance of it and encouraging them to consider this as a career."

Miller first learned about IT auditing through a career fair.

"I'd never heard of IT auditing," he says. "It wasn't something I intended to do, but it certainly is the perfect marriage of my degrees."

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