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In The NewsAudit News that's Fit to Print! 

February 2020 

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Welcome to the Newsletter! AuditNet® an auditor owned and operated Web site publishes a monthly newsletter featuring articles, new content, surveys on audit use of technology, white papers, and audit related monographs and other timely information. Return to our site every month to read the latest Audit News That's Fit to Print. The current newsletter theme will be displayed at the top of the newsletter and you will find articles and information related to that theme. The events section provides information about our upcoming Webinars with CPE at  no cost to subscribers and site license users. There is also a link to a subscription for on-demand training with CPE from cRisk Academy discounted for subscribers and site license users.

JkbwJim Kaplan CIA CFE and AuditNet® Founder

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Topic IT Governance

The internal audit activity is uniquely positioned and staffed within an organization to assess whether the information technology governance of the organization supports the organization’s strategies and objectives and to make recommendations as needed. (IIA GTAG Auditing IT Governance)

We started our research on this month's topic by Googling (yes that is a verb) 'IT Governance and Internal Audit'. You can easily do the same substituting terms relating to the topic to other specific issues to further customize the results. Over the past 25+ years we have developed an expertise in finding relevant information for auditors. These links are provided to add to your knowledge bases on the theme of this month's newsletter. Here is our query with the links to hundreds or resources to help design your audit plan.

IT Governance Audit Assurance
The types of assurances that stakeholders are looking for, in relation to the work of internal auditors, include:

  • Does the board and top management really understand its role in making IT governance effective?
  • Is IT management competent, and is it really a part of the top management team?
  • Is IT genuinely contributing to achievement of organisation’s strategic and tactical objectives?
  • Is there a robust (planned and tested) IT risk management framework in place, specifically including IT projects, DPA compliance, cyber security, ICT continuity?
  • Is IT able to identify and prioritise key technology changes that will enhance organisational performance?
  • Are IT metrics really measuring IT performance in terms of delivering value and resource optimisation and risk reduction?

Top 3Top 3 Reasons that Auditors Visit AuditNet® (according to a recent survey)

  1. Finding audit programs
  2. Finding online training with CPE and,
  3. Researching best practices.

Join thousands of other auditors that subscribe or come to AuditNet® through a site license partner and you will have access to over 3,000 audit program templates and be eligible to earn CPE at no additional cost and find best practices from other audit departments! Audit ProgramsAudit Template According to the 2019 AuditNet® User Survey, the main reason auditors visit AuditNet® is to find templates for audit. As a result we moved the current and upcoming audit template additions here for the benefit of users. The following audit templates were added and are now available to subscribers and site license users. Availability based on subscription level. Come to our   site to download a list of all the templates.  (*e-book Monograph Series). NOW OVER 3,100 audit templates - the largest inventory of audit program templates on the Internet! 

The AuditNet® site has always made available a downloadable (Excel csv) list of templates which included the name, subscription level and date added. We have updated the functionality so that the list now includes a description of the templates, number of times that templates were downloaded and a URL direct link to the template. You must be logged in to your subscription or access from a site licensee secure login link in order to download the template from the URL. We added this functionality as a benefit to subscribers and site license users to facilitate downloading. Non subscribers will be blocked from downloading content and be redirected to subscribe. To download the CSV file click on the Audit Templates link on the navigation column, Then click on Download a listing of Audit Programs

Template Additions This Month
  1. Anti Fraud Templates - Financial Statement Fraud Through Long Term Contracts
  2. GAO Yellow Book Government Audit Standards (GAGAS)
  3. GAO Green Book (Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government) 
  4. GDPR-Article-25-Internal-Controls-Document-Data-protection-by-design-and-default
  5. GDPR-Article-26-27-Internal-Controls-General-Obligation
  6. GDPR-Article-28-Internal-Controls-Processor
  7. GDPR-Article-29-30-31-Internal-Controls-Cooperation-with-the-supervisory-authority
  8. GDPR-Article-32-Internal-Controls-Security-of-processing
  9. GDPR-Article-33-Internal-Controls-Notification-of-data-breach
  10. IT Control Objectives Identify and Allocate Costs
  11. IT Control Objectives Manage Data
  12. Mobile Devices Template Toolkit

Template Additions in the Queue 

  1. Anti Fraud Templates - Financial Statement Fraud Through recording Expenses in incorrect period
  2. Anti Fraud Templates - Financial Statement Fraud Through Sales with Conditions
  3. Anti-fraud - Competitive Intelligence vs Espionage
  4. Corporate Governance Audit
  5. Government Audit Standards Yellow Book Must and Should Template
  6. IT Control Objective Manage Performance and Capacity
  7. IT Control Objective Manage Problems and Incidents
  8. IT Control Objective Manage the Configuration
  9. IT Control Objective Manage Third-Party Services
  10. Using Data Analytics in Audit

February-April 2020 Webinars 

AuditNet® and cRisk Academy are pleased to announce an extended partnership. The partnership brings you, the AuditNet® subscriber and site licensee users (ACL, AHIA, Arbutus, CaseWare IDEA, KnowledgeLeader, SAP, and TeamMate), free access to cRisk Webinars. This is a complimentary benefit to you, in addition to all the benefits you currently enjoy. Subscribers and site license users will be able to register, login and attend an unlimited number of cRisk webinars without a fee by receiving a coupon code (note check first as many webinars do not require a coupon).. Instructions are available  here or by going to the Templates page and searching for 'cRisk coupons.pdf' (without the quotation marks).  (Note: you must be logged into AuditNet as a subscriber or if you access via a site license you must follow the link from your site licensee to login to AuditNet) If you belong to an audit association or are a vendor or service provider and want to provide your members or clients with transparent access to AuditNet® then please contact us for more information.

CPE - AuditNet® offers CPE for our Webinars.  AuditNet® may charge to attend Webinars (rates subject to change). The fee will be waived for subscribers and site license users. Non subscribers and non site license users may have to pay to attend and will also earn CPE if eligible.  Subscribers benefit so subscribe today! Opt In Required to attend the Webinars.

CPE will be issued by cRisk Academy for the Webinars offered through cRisk Academy. AuditNet® will also continue offering hosted Webinars with CPE. There will be a fee for non-subscribers so if you would like to learn and earn free CPE, subscribe today! 

Work / Life Balance: Increasing Your Productivity and Health in a Stressful Workplace Tuesday, Feb 11, 12:00 PM EST (1 CPE) Finding a way to balance work responsibilities with home life and personal needs is increasingly more difficult in this fast paced world. You have demands and expectations at work and in your home life. If you are like most people, you are challenged to do both well, and often feel like you are letting yourself and others down. cRisk Academy Webinar Register Today!

Implementing and Auditing GDPR Series (2 of 10) February 20, 2020, 12:00 PM EST (2 CPE) Cost: $50 (free for subscribers and site license users) Protecting personal data has been an important issue for many years. The EU GDPR extends the data rights of individuals, and requires organizations to develop clear policies and procedures to protect personal data, and adopt appropriate technical and organizational measures. UK organizations have had to comply with the Regulation since 25 May 2018, or potentially face fines of up to 4% of annual turnover or €20 million – whichever is greater.Register Today!

Obtaining a Total Quality Auditor Mindset Wednesday, Feb 26, 12:00 PM EST (1 CPE) Learn how to apply Total Quality Management (TQM) concepts to become Total Quality AUDITORS. Amanda "Jo" Erven's Total Quality Auditing® approach – or TQA – concept was born based on her research of the successful TQM movement. This is a cRisk Academy Webinar. Register Today!

Ethics for Internal Auditors February 27, 2020 12:00 PM EST (2 CPE) Cost: $50 (free for subscribers and site license users) - From time-to-time internal auditors are faced with situations which call for them to make an ethical decision. In addition, they may, in the middle of auditing, come across circumstances which themselves appear to be violations of a corporate code-of-conduct. IIA now requires 2 CPE of Ethics Training for all certified professionals. Meet this requirement now by registering and attending our Webinar! Register Today!

Not all Certifications are Created Equal: Selecting the Best Certifications for Your Career Tuesday, Mar 10, 12:00 PM EDT (1.5 CPE) Certifications are a necessary part of developing your professional career. Without them, you risk being held back in your career earning potential, and promotion possibilities.This is a cRisk Academy Webinar. Register Today!

Implementing and Auditing GDPR Series (3 of 10) March 19, 2020, 12:00 PM EST (2 CPE) Cost: $50 (free for subscribers and site license users)  Protecting personal data has been an important issue for many years. The EU GDPR extends the data rights of individuals, and requires organizations to develop clear policies and procedures to protect personal data, and adopt appropriate technical and organizational measures. UK organizations have had to comply with the Regulation since 25 May 2018, or potentially face fines of up to 4% of annual turnover or €20 million – whichever is greater. Register Today!

Removing Cognitive Biases in Risk Management and Auditing Wednesday, Mar 25, 12:00 PM EDT (1.5 CPE). Cutting-edge research in cognitive neuroscience and behavioral economics shows that we all suffer from subtle and unconscious dangerous judgment errors called cognitive biases, which cause us to make bad decisions in evaluating people and processes. This is a cRisk Academy Webinar. Register Today!

Cyber Security Update March 26, 2020, 12:00 PM EST (2 CPE) Cost: $50 (free for subscribers and site license users) Organizations are increasingly looking to their Internal Auditors to provide independent assurance about cyber risks and the organization's ability to defend against cyber attacks. With information technology becoming an inherent critical success factor for every business and the emerging cyber threat landscape, every internal auditor needs to equip themselves on IT audit essentials and cyber issues. Register Today!

Featured Articles

Featured ArticleThis Month's Featured Articles

Kl Logo Who Is Watching the Bots? Part One: RPA Governance.  Summary: This article explains how robotic process automation (RPA) at scale requires good governance to enable success while helping to mitigate associated risks. Read the rest of the story!

Reciprocity Logo Running A SOC 2 Audit - At the heart of any successful organization in this digital entrepreneurial landscape are effective data use and management. To increase their data processing and storage capacities while keeping costs manageable, many institutions are outsourcing some of their data functions to third party vendors. Read the rest of the story!

Ia 360 Logo Survey Identifies Top Tech Challenges for IT Auditors - A new study examines the biggest challenges impacting IT audit professionals as they navigate an evolving risk landscape in an era of digital transformation. The 2019 Global IT Audit Benchmarking Study is the eighth annual audit research project conducted by consulting firm Protiviti and ISACA, a professional association for IT auditors and other information security and governance professionals. Read the rest of the story!

Idea2019 GDPR Compliance Checker This is an add-on for IDEA 10.2 (ASCII version) or later. It searches for the possible presence of personal data that could be considered non-compliant with GDPR regulations by means of crosschecking one or more IDEA databases’ field names against a list that comprises of words/terms indicative of storing personal data. We offer this free-of-charge as an aide to all IDEA users and hope it will help you in your quest to get your data compliant to new regulations.

Wolters Kluwer Wolters Kluwer and the General Data Protection Regulation - To protect the personal data of individuals and customers in the European Union and to keep up with ever-changing technology, as per May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect. The GDPR impacts every organization which stores or processes personal data of individuals across the European Union. The GDPR aims to strengthen the rights of individuals over their personal data and creates a harmonized personal data protection standard.

Surveytake New Survey Coming!

Best Practices Best Practices for Internal Auditors GDPR

The whole point of the GDPR is to protect data belonging to EU citizens and residents. The law, therefore, applies to organizations that handle such data whether they are EU-based organizations or not, known as “extra-territorial effect.”  Join our Webinar series on Implementing and Auditing GDPR.

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 2020 Webinar Recordings and Series 

Register for Webinars Offered by AuditNet®. Our 2019 Webinar program features high quality presenters on technology and skills topics. Who says you have to make a drive and give up a day in the office to receive quality training on audit hot-topics? Our courses will hit topics hard and bring you up to speed as you begin your 2019 training. Check out our Webinar offerings with CPE for subscribers and site license users! Missed the live sessions? Connect with our partner site  cRisk Academy to discounted subscriptions for on demand courses with CPE (fee based). 

We continue adding events to our Webinar schedule for 2019 and the registration information will be posted in the Events listing on the home page ASAP. Watch for updates on the dates and registration links! Following are the current Webinars available for registration: 

  Jason MedfordC Risk Logo     The #1 on-demand and webinar training platform for internal auditors. Technical and soft-skills to help you succeed in your career.  - View a large library of on-demand training, that is significantly discounted over what you would normally invest in a live, in-person training. You still have the same material, but can now watch it when, and where you desire . Any Time, Any Where, on Any Device!

Check out the full schedule of on-demand training available!

AuditNet® Training Plan - Get access to all of the AuditNet® content on cRisk Academy for one low price

Data Analytics for Internal Auditors

 Since the spread of IT systems has made it a pre-requisite that auditors as well as management have the ability to examine high volumes of data and transaction in order to determine patterns and trends. In addition, the increasing need to continuously monitor and audit IT systems has created an imperative for the effective use of appropriate data mining tools.

While a variety of powerful tools are readily available today, the skills required to utilize such tools are not. Not only must the correct testing techniques be selected but the effective interpretation of outcomes presented by the software is essential in the drawing of appropriate conclusions based on the data analysis. The series will be available on demand from cRiskAcademy or you can get the complete set of recordings for $249.

Data Analytics for Internal Auditors on a Flash Drive - 6 webinar series

Since the spread of IT systems has made it a pre-requisite that auditors as well as management have the ability to examine high volumes of data and transaction in order to determine patterns and trends. In addition, the increasing need to continuously monitor and audit IT systems has created an imperative for the effective use of appropriate data mining tools.

While a variety of powerful tools are readily available today, the skills required to utilize such tools are not. Not only must the correct testing techniques be selected but the effective interpretation of outcomes presented by the software is essential in the drawing of appropriate conclusions based on the data analysis. This 6 webinar series, based on Richard Cascarino’s book “Data Analytics for Internal Auditors” covers these skills and techniques.

Missed the series! Access the VOD at cRiskAcademy or purchase the series of 6 Webinars on an AuditNet® flash drive. Watch and learn at your own time and pace!

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Cyber Sec1Fd Templates   Did you miss the AuditNet® Data Analytics for Internal Auditors or the Cybersecurity Webinar Series?  Richard Cascarino conducted a series of 6 Webinars on Data Analytics for Internal Auditors and a 10 Webinars last year on Cybersecurity for AuditNet®. If you weren't able to attend we now offer the complete series of recordings and slides on a flash drive.   Here is the information on this series of recorded webinars and the pricing

Subscription Benefits Benefits for Subscribers? AuditNet® subscribers (and site license users) can choose from over 3,100 templates (audit programs, matrices, checklists, e-books and more) available for download. The templates are meant to be idea generators that help jump start your audit project. But that's not all! Subscribers (all but free) and site license users can register and attend AuditNet® Webinars and receive CPE at no additional cost.  

WhatsnewAuditNet® launched a new delivery method for our Webinars through a partnership with cRiskAcademy. AuditNet® continues adding resources and tools for GDPR compliance and audit. We use a third party to develop GDPR templates and are being uploaded for subscribers and site license users over the next couple of months. There will be COBIT templates, new control matrices, control self assessment templates and more added over the next year. AuditNet® continues to be the most comprehensive online portal for the global audit community. Watch for new templates available to subscribers and site license users (ACL, IDEA, TeamMate, KnowledgeLeader, AHIA, and SAP), Webinar fees are waived for subscribers and site license users. Check the AuditNet® Library for the GDPR resource page.

Templates on a Flash Drive - Tired of searching and downloading the templates one by one. We now offer the "AuditNet® content Templates on a Flash Drive" for individuals and companies. We have set up the ability for individuals, groups and vendors to acquire and use the AuditNet® content. Individuals and groups will be able to get a flash drive with all the templates available to subscribers as of December 31, 2018 (over 3,000). The templates on a flash drive can be used for non-commercial use within your own organization (no sharing with others). Pricing will be based on staff size.  Vendors will be able to acquire the templates for commercial purposes under a separate licensing agreement. The pricing for the "Templates on a Flash Drive" is available now. If you are interested in pricing or have other questions on this new option send an email to   info@auditnet.org.  

Cpe More CPE NEWS

AuditNet® offers recorded Webinars through CPDPhilippines.ph, the online platform of Global Artificer an accredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Provider in the Philippines. CPDPhilippines.ph's platform helps Filipino Professionals improve and promote their proficiency and expertise through online learning delivered by professionals who have mastered their profession.

AuditNet® continues it's commitment to providing resources for the global audit community!

Check out the Webinars available from  cRisk Academy for on demand viewing with CPE: (Recordings available with CPE from cRisk Academy only $9/month for AuditNet® subscribers)

 Fd Webinars AuditNet® added new series to the growing list of training available any where, any place and any time. Check out the IT Fraud and Internal Audit Basics recordings available on a flash drive or for download via Google Drive.  

AuditNet® Adds Key Word Files and Webinar Recording Options (Downloadable or on a Flash Drive) Did you miss our Minutes to Analytics Data Analytics Webinars? Not to worry - we have loaded the 2016 Minutes to Analytics Webinars on a flash drive including the recordings, data files, slides, and an app so you can watch the training at your convenience. The flash drive with all the recordings and files are available for $199. You can use these on your laptop when you are on the road, your desktop in your home or office or use them for training your staff. Check out the  Webinars on the drive with a link to pay at this article. Unfortunately we cannot offer CPE for viewing these Webinars however at $199 is a great deal and of course the knowledge is "priceless"! 

ADDED BENEFIT: Order any of our audit training on a flash drive (Minutes to Analytics, IT Audit Training, IDEA Audit Training) and you will receive Data Mining for Payroll Fraud on DVD at no extra charge. This is a limited time offer. Add a Premium Subscription to any Training on the Go Flash Drives for only $100!  The following AuditNet®training is available on flash drives:

Available Webinars on a Flash Drive or Downloadable from Google Drive (including  Key Word Analytics)
  1. Implementing and Auditing GDPR (10 Recordings) Coming this year!
  2. Minutes to Analytics 
  3. IT Audit (Basic and Advanced (10 recordings)
  4. IDEA Audit Software (12 recordings)
  5. IT Fraud (2017 Series 8 recordings
  6. Internal Audit Basics 8 Recording) 
  7. Auditing with Excel
  8. Auditing with ACL
  9. Cybersecurity for Auditors 
  10. Data Analytics for Internal Auditors 

Can't make our live Webinars? Then here an option to watch out previously recorded webinars and earn CPE. We are making all our Webinars available on-demand with CPE from  cRisk Academy. You can view the recorded Webinars for only $9/month for AuditNet® Subscribers (Basic, Premium and Site License Users). $59/month for non-subscribers. Subscribers pay $600 less annually! cRisk Academy subscriptions provide on video on demand with CPE for all of our recorded Webinars for one low monthly fee (not per Webinar). 

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FreecpeSUBSCRIBERS BENEFIT! AuditNet® current paid subscribers (basic and premium) and enterprise site license users enjoy the benefit of registering and attending AuditNet® featured Webinars without paying an event fee (does not apply to no cost or trial subscriptions). Those who attend will earn CPE. The bottom line is that subscribers have the ability to download AuditNet® content AND earn CPE by attending our AuditNet® featured Webinars! Attendance at our featured Webinars will be limited to the first 1,000 AuditNet registered subscribers  and site license user attendees logging in so it is important to register for the events and then log in early on the scheduled day. Due to the limitation on Webinar seats non-subscribers can register and attend the Webinars but must opt-in for our mailing list. Non subscribers or non site license users who attend and want CPE must meet our eligibility criteria and pay a processing fee for CPE. Non-subscribers or non site license users who chose to opt-out will not be approved to attend and their registration link will be revoked. AuditNet® reserves the right to deny any user attendance to the webinars if they opt out of our mailing list. The CPE, registration, and attendance policy is subject to change at our discretion.


It Audit

AuditNet® and Richard Cascarino and Associates offer a structured learning curriculum for IT audit. The recorded courses are designed to build on skills developed from prior knowledge or training. Auditors can choose between the complete series or pick and choose specific recordings depending on both needs as well as budgetary financial constraints.The study program consists of 5 modules Basic and 5 modules Advanced spanning a broad range of topics and issues in the IT Auditing. The emphasis is therefore on practical aspects of internal auditing.The course content is based upon ISACA Framework which has been accepted world-wide as the basis of skills and competencies required for all IT Auditors. (Please note these recordings are presented by a partner of AuditNet® with no CPE provided. Any questions or details of the recordings should be directed to  Richard Cascarino.  IT Audit Recorded Training (no CPE) 10 2 hour Webinars Click  here for more info.

IDEA Recorded Training (no CPE)   - a series of twelve 2-hour recorded webinars designed to build on skills developed from prior knowledge or training. Auditors can choose between the complete series or pick and choose specific recordings depending on both needs as well as budgetary financial constraints.
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