The Future of IT Audit

The Future of IT Audit


ISACA’s The Future of IT Audit: Research Brief reveals the opportunities and challenges that
await the IT audit professional and sheds light on the IT audit profession in general. In this paper,
ISACA presents survey findings related to the involvement of auditors in technology projects
within their enterprise, the technology challenges faced by auditors, the perceived impact of
automation and artificial intelligence (AI), and the IT audit staffing implications and workforce
development issues caused by new technologies.


Key Findings

IT audit professionals know the challenges they face every day, which include everything from new technologies to limited staff with the appropriate technical training and depth of knowledge to perform their jobs. But the survey results generally show an optimism on the part of IT auditors to meet these challenges and thrive in this changing environment.

Key findings from the survey include:

  • Auditors are increasingly involved in enterprise technology projects.
  • Auditors’ technical skills must increase as audit automation increases.
  • Technology’s impact on staffing size is uncertain.
  • IT audit leadership is tech savvy, but an executive-level technology skills gap exists.

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