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4 ways to approach the use of data: internal audit and performance audit Aug 25, 2020

If we are looking to use data as part of an audit, we need to know what broad approach we will...

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Efficiency audits: why you shouldn’t avoid them and how to tackle the objections Jun 19, 2020

This article focuses on public sector performance auditors. However, it will also be useful for...

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A broader perspective on how auditors can use data for efficiency Jun 02, 2020

Using data for our audits can help improve efficiency.

But not only in a traditional sense.

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Crisis as an opportunity for a strategic reset of assurance priorities Apr 16, 2020

Infrequent but significant crises present new challenges for assurance leaders. But with...

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Principle 3 - Maximize benefits - data governance within IA Apr 01, 2020

This article focuses on principle #3 – Maximizing the benefits of using data in audit.

This...

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Principle 2 - Quality - for data governance within audit Mar 01, 2020

This article focuses on principle #2 – Quality – for governing data within audit.

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3 key principles for data governance within audit Feb 16, 2020

This article sets out 3 key principles for Data Governance within audit.

A core set of guidelines...

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Controlling access to data within the audit team – open or closed? (DGIA #2) Feb 02, 2020

This article is about control over access to data within the audit function, to help guide the...

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Do you focus on your customer when thinking about risks? Jan 30, 2020

As a business leader, you are risk-aware. You want to innovate to add value, while...

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Why auditors need a specific data governance approach (DGIA #1) Dec 03, 2019

Why you, as an auditor, need to think a bit differently to the rest of the organization, and...

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Why are auditors increasingly using complaints & customer feedback data? Nov 20, 2019

It’s not often that internal auditors get the opportunity to help in identifying revenue...

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Data in audit - reducing noise, false positives Oct 13, 2019

When using data, one of the main challenges faced by auditors is the volume of exceptions...

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SAS70 Certification and other common SOC report myths Oct 01, 2019

If you use or plan to use a cloud/SaaS/hosted solution, how do you ensure that the service...

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Supply chain risks - brand damage & financial loss Sep 23, 2019

This post originally detailed how contingent resourcing and SEO could damage brands.

It has since...

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Is "risk management" creating more risk in how you manage & use data? Sep 09, 2019

In a recent article we spoke about a privacy impact assessment (PIA) that did not...

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Protect against inadvertent privacy breaches Sep 02, 2019

There has been a raft of data breaches over the past few months.

Some of those were due to poor...

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Going beyond the initial remedial action Aug 26, 2019

Management action flowing from an internal audit finding often focuses on the specific sample or...

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More access to data to reduce risk & enable better decisions Apr 04, 2019

You already know that there is untapped value within your systems and the data they contain.

But...

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Data warehouse (DW) projects - as an auditor, have you been asked to get involved in a big bang DW project? Mar 28, 2019

During the late 90's, the strategic planners at an African university decided to improve access...

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Are you augmenting your team or just automating your processes? Mar 20, 2019

As an auditor, you will be involved in automation for your own function and the business more...

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Can you survive the damage caused by a spreadsheet model error? Mar 13, 2019

Spreadsheets are often used (and have been for decades) for modelling and analysis,...

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Emerging risks - Artificial Intelligence Mar 05, 2019

When you hear the phrases "artificial intelligence", "machine learning" or "autonomous systems",...

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5 challenges to tackle - data in audit Feb 11, 2019

If you are an assurance leader (internal audit/performance audit/risk assurance), you want...

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