ECA: The European Court of Auditors applies generative Artificial Intelligence to audit

In the recent months, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) has started building a strategy around Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its applications to audit. The AI practitioners at the ECA have integrated advanced AI techniques for document clustering and topic modeling into an audit process for the first time. This innovative approach helped auditors in managing and extracting insights from unstructured textual data. By grouping documents based on similarities and uncovering latent topics, this AI pipeline streamlined information retrieval. Overall, applying such techniques contributed to enhanced and more efficient analysis throughout the audit.

ESTONIA: Security of server rooms and office premises

The National Audit Office of Estonia recently audited security of server rooms and office premises. It was concluded that necessary security measures are generally implemented in the server rooms and technical rooms necessary for the operation of server rooms in ten audited state institutions and one audited legal entity in public law. Primary security measures are implemented in the office premises of IT centres to ensure physical security, and the risk of unauthorised access to the premises has been mitigated to an acceptable level.

FRANCE: Digital audit of the French State Retirement Service (SRE)

The French Cour des Comptes has conducted a digital audit of the French State Retirement Service (SRE). Created in 2010, this service is responsible for managing the retirement and disability pensions of civil and military civil servants, representing more than 58 billion euros in pensions paid each year to nearly 2.5 million pensioners.

LITHUANIA: The Innovation Lab encourages to try new approaches

The Innovation Lab “LabAI” has opened its doors at the National Audit Office of Lithuania. This is a space where, using applications installed on the computers, every employee of the institution can try out the latest technologies that:

💡 speed up audit conduct,

💡 improve the presentation of audit results,

💡 automate resource-intensive processes.

MALTA: IT audit – Malta Food Agency

The National Audit Office (Malta) has recently conducted a comprehensive Information Technology (IT) audit at the Malta Food Agency (MFA). Established in 2021 under the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries, and Animal Rights, the MFA was entrusted with the task of regulating food produce from farming and fishing while overseeing the Pitkalija[1] and the Pixkerija[2] markets. Essentially, this audit focused on the overall IT setup of the Agency, with a particular emphasis on the Pitkalija Market Management System (PMMS), which is the core IT system used at the Pitkalija market.

Summary of ITWG 16th meeting

The meeting took place 10-11 October in a hybrid format in Warsaw, Poland. On 10 October, a seminar “Digital Sovereignty in a Cloudy Environment” took place and was accessible to all members of the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI). Close to 120 participants from almost 50 countries were participating, among them approximately 50 in-person attendees in Warsaw, Poland.

Six modules of the training course IT Audit for non-IT Auditors have been opened for learning

In the frame of Research and Training Hub project, EUROSAI IT Working Group is developing a training course IT Audit for non-IT Auditors. 

New member in the EUROSAI IT Working Group

We are pleased to announce that starting from November 2023, the EUROSAI IT Working Group has a new member from Italy – the Italian Court of Audit,

We are warmly welcoming our new colleagues in the working group that has already 44 members in total.

Changes in team of ITWG Secretariat

From January 2024, Ms Krislin Kivi leaves our team for her next successful endevaours and Ms Kaire Kesküla, Head of International Relations of the National Audit Office of Estonia rejoins our team. Welcome back!