IT internal audit focus areas: Planning for 2020

We dive into business and technology trends that are expected to most heavily influence IT audit plans over the next 18 months.

What are the most pressing risks that IT audit needs to address?
What new technologies or emerging risks will IT audit need to focus on in the coming months?
What projects should IT audit pursue to stay relevant and add value to stakeholders?

We surveyed about 40 cross-industry engagement leaders with skills and experience ranging from internal audit and SOX to emerging technology risk, cyber, and GRC. Together, they serve hundreds of KPMG clients of diverse sizes, risk profiles, and industries. Six key domans to focus on now emerged from their responses, and many of them shouldn’t surprise you:

  • Core IT Operations
  • Cybersecurity / Information Security
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Business Change
  • Emerging digital technology and automation
  • SOX testing and GITCs

The complexities supporting technologies of today’s business environment require an IT audit function to deploy professionals who are deeply experienced in specific areas and emerging technologies.

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IT internal audit focus: Planning for 2020