7th Annual IT Audit Benchmarking Survey

7th Annual IT Audit Benchmarking Survey
7th Annual IT Audit Benchmarking Survey

Business and Digital Transformation’s Effects on IT Audit Groups

A Global Look at IT Audit Best Practices – Assessing the International Leaders in an Annual ISACA/Protiviti Survey

Digital transformation. Migration to cloud. Data compliance. Agile development. Cyber threats…The volume, magnitude and speed of the technological changes underway in organisations today continue to increase in dramatic fashion, from business and digital complexity of data management. Many of these changes give rise to new risks, which ultimately demand more from IT audit groups: more knowledge, more skills and training, more advanced auditing technology approaches, more resources, and more interaction between the IT audit function and other business leaders, executives and board members.

The results of the latest global IT Audit Benchmarking Study from ISACA and Protiviti paint a vivid picture of the ways IT audit leaders and professionals are succeeding, as well as where they need to “step up their games,” especially given the omnipresent nature of digital transformation efforts, cyber security risk and technological advancements. This year’s results identify several areas of progress; however, there is still work to be done in order for IT audit functions to deliver the strategic insights and real-time risk advances key stakeholders expect, and also help their organisations address the transformation of legacy technologies and the rapid rise in the number and severity level of cyber security risks.

Key Findings

  • Digital transformation and cyber security are influencing IT audit plans significantly.
  • There is greater visibility and awareness of IT audit’s role and responsibilities.
  • More partnering and collaboration are needed to counteract silo mindsets and behaviors.
  • IT audit needs to move the needle in boosting engagement with major technology projects.
  • Co-sourcing is on the rise, reflecting ongoing resource challenges.

     ​​​Top Technology Challenges

  1. IT security and privacy / cybersecurity
  2. Infrastructure management
  3. Emerging technology and infrastructure changes – transformation, innovation, and disruption
  4. Resource / staffing / skills challenges
  5. Regulatory compliance
  6. Budgets and controlling costs
  7. Cloud computing / virtualization
  8. 3rd-party / vendor management
  9. Project management and change management
  10. Data management and governance

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