Exploring the Next Generation of Internal Auditing
In recent years, mammoth waves of disruption have both buffeted and ignited organizations in their drive to change and stay relevant. Not surprisingly, internal audit functions have seen the effects. It’s now time for internal audit leaders and their teams to take the initiative, stand up and ride their own wave of transformation and innovation.
The findings of this report should serve as a wake-up call for internal audit leadership. Next-generation auditing capabilities, processes and tools — from strategic vision, agile auditing and dynamic risk assessment to artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and process mining, among others — should be pressing priorities for the internal audit function to build and grow as their organizations continue to transform and stakeholder expectations for these capabilities rise. Our results show that audit committees certainly hold this to be true. At present, too many internal audit teams are not adequately prepared to commit to difficult but necessary transformation.