Research Shows Internal Audit Getting Back to Basics

Lora Bentley

Just like Sarbox is no longer at the top of CEO priority lists, it is also becoming less of a focus for internal auditing departments, according to a new survey from Protiviti.


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Twenty-four percent of companies report their internal audit departments have achieved "rebalancing" -- a renewed focus on their traditional responsibilities that is balanced with compliance activities.

The number is up from 10 percent in Protiviti's 2005 survey. Protiviti's managing director notes:

Companies clearly are seeing the long-term benefits of rebalancing, which include ensuring they do not focus solely on financial reporting at the expense of other critical business operations and functions.

The biggest benefit of rebalancing, according to survey participants, is being able to perform traditional audit tasks like identifying key business risks, reviewing fraud indicators, and devoting time to "focused audits of high risk areas" such as IT security.


The survey also indicates that there is no one right way to approach rebalancing. As such, companies are being creative in their efforts to achieve it.

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