Research & Training Hub
National Audit Office of Estonia
Mr Alvar Nõuakas
As audit institutions are increasingly expected to evaluate and audit the risks related to new technologies, it is becoming vital for every public-sector auditor to have basic IT knowledge – they must understand IT-related risks and use different IT tools for auditing.
Furthermore, in this dynamic environment, IT auditors are expected to be the experts who empower their institutions with a thorough understanding of IT security and operations. These developments are relevant for all audit types. For example, as financial auditing requires giving an assessment of the integrity and level of protection of financial assets stored today mainly in IT systems, specific IT expertise (e.g. application controls, IT security measures, IT-Grundschutz and ISO 27000 series) need to be developed.
To enhance SAIs’ impact, the Moscow declaration encourages SAIs to nurture the auditors of the future who can employ data analytics, artificial intelligence tools, and advanced qualitative methods as well as enhance innovation and act as strategic players, knowledge exchangers, and producers of foresight.
Research and Training Hub focuses on capacity building of SAI's in the field of IT auditing. It relies on the cooperation between ITWG experts for research and comparison of IT auditing tools and methodologies in different guidelines and practices.
Training course IT Audit for non-IT Auditors
The purpose of the training course IT Audit for non-IT Auditors is to increase the quality and impact of contemporary audits that frequently include IT components. Therefore, non-IT-auditors would benefit from basic knowledge about IT auditing provided in the training course. Training course will consist of 7 modules in total.
Currently published modules
The first module IT Audit in a Supreme Audit Institution has five chapters, it starts with an overview of SAI audits with IT components followed by addressing IT components in SAI audits, standards and frameworks relevant to the IT audit, planning of an audit with an IT component, and IT auditing methods.
The second module IT Systems, Software and Data has six chapters - it gives an overview of IT infrastructure, systems, software, and services. In addition, it introduces risks related to data quality, and outlines IT standardization and auditing aspects.
The third module IT Governance has five chapters - it gives an overview of IT governance and related issues, including management. Additionally, it covers IT governance premises and components, frameworks and standards, IT governance in the public sector, as well as auditing aspects of IT governance.
The fourth module Information Security, Protection of Personal Data, and Business Continuity has been developed by colleagues from Bundesrechnungshof (SAI Germany). The study material is available in English, and additionally, German version is also available. It covers topics such as governance in information security management and information security risk management. The study module also gives an overview of operational information security management and business continuity management. Finally, it introduces the design of an information security audit by a supreme audit institution.
The fifth module Procurement and Outsourcing has five chapters. It covers an overview of life cycle, processes and activities of IT procurement and outsourcing. Also, it introduces specific management and technical issues related to IT procurement and outsourcing and related legislation, standards and frameworks. Finally, auditing aspects of IT procurement and outsourcing are presented.
The sixth module IT Development has five chapters. It includes an overview of system and software development processes, life cycles and models, core processes of a representative life cycle model, standards and frameworks relevant from the IT development viewpoint and SAI audits involving components related to IT development.
The EUROSAI ITWG Moodle is operated by the EUROSAI ITWG Secretariat / the National Audit Office of Estonia. To take the course, please go to https://training.eurosai-it.org and create your account.