NEW RESEARCH – 5th Annual ISACA/Protiviti IT Audit Benchmarking Survey (via Protiviti)

December 14, 2015

Protiviti IT Audit Benchmark Infographic

For the last 5 years, Protiviti has conducted a survey of IT Audit professionals to identify areas that many organizations are focusing on with their IT Audit functions.  Below is a summary of the research results.  None of the takeaways were unexpected for me, but the research does reinforce audit’s focus on really understanding how IT manages change and security of their systems.

For decades, many have observed that the world is becoming smaller, in great part due to the evolution of technology. But if this is the case, it also is becoming a bit scarier from a technological standpoint. Cybersecurity issues and risks abound, and the IT winds of change tell us they undoubtedly will grow exponentially over the next decade, with the global proliferation of mobile devices and rapidly maturing Internet of Things connecting technologies and people like never before.

It is in this dynamic environment that IT audit leaders and functions must operate to help their organizations identify, mitigate and monitor an escalating volume of IT risks. IT auditors face the daunting task of helping their organizations undergo business transformation while managing potential IT risks that could cripple the enterprise. ISACA and Protiviti partnered to conduct the 5th Annual IT Audit Benchmarking Survey to determine where IT audit functions stand in their capabilities to address these key challenges.

Notable takeaways from this year’s study:

  1. IT changes and security are top-of-mind.
  2. There are significant concerns about finding qualified resources and skills.
  3. Many IT audit reporting lines are still off the mark.
  4. IT audit risk assessments are an absolute must.
  5. Get involved early in major IT projects.
  6. Know your audience to communicate effectively.

Learn more, download the full report and watch a video discussing the results at Protiviti’s IT Audit Benchmark Survey Page.