Denis Lefort, CPA, expert-conseil en Gouvernance, audit et contrôle, vient de me faire parvenir l’édition 2014 de l’étude Thompson Reuters Accelus sur l’audit interne.
Ce sondage identifie des observations intéressantes pour la profession d’auditeur interne :
(1) Seulement un peu plus de 27% des services d’audit interne vérifient les processus de gouvernance de leur organisation;
(2) Il y a encore des écarts importants de perception entre les services d’audit interne et les comités d’audit quant aux priorités que devraient être celles des services d’audit interne;
(3) Les auditeurs internes investissent 45% de leur temps pour l’audit de la sécurité des TI;
(4) Près de 50% des services d’audit interne interagissent maintenant avec les autres fonctions d’assurance de leur organisation (Conformité, Gestion des risques, etc…).
Ce document sera donc très utile à tout administrateur soucieux de parfaire ses connaissances de l’état de la situation en 2014 dans le monde.
Bonne lecture. Vos commentaires sont les bienvenus. Voici le sommaire de l’étude.
Thomson Reuters Accelus’ annual State of Internal Audit Survey provides an insight into the experiences and expectations of internal audit professionals around the world. More than 900 internal audit practitioners across 50 countries participated in the 2014 survey sharing their views across a range of subjects, issues and concerns. The experiences shared in this report are intended to help internal audit functions and senior management benchmark the myriad of challenges faced and enable them to leverage the approach taken by their peers.
The survey has demonstrated that the world and work of internal audit continues to be as complex, and challenging as ever. Both the volume and diversity of issues that internal auditors need to understand and assess continues to increase globally and across all industries.
This year the results confirmed that the vast majority (81 percent) of internal auditors’ focus remains on providing assurance on the efficacy of internal control process. While assurance work is the traditional mainstay of internal audit there are a wide range of other areas and issues for internal auditors to consider, including:
(1) Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of internal auditors expect their personal liability to increase in 2014. The adequacy of internal auditors’ skills, focus and approach is firmly on the radar of regulators worldwide. It is no surprise, therefore, that internal auditors expect their own personal liability to increase in the near future.
(2) Nearly half (49 percent) of all internal auditors have had no involvement in assessing their firm’s culture. There are distinct regional variations with respondents from South America reporting that three-quarters (77 percent) of internal auditors have not assessed the culture of their firm.
(3) Just over a quarter (27 percent) of internal auditors have had no involvement in assessing their firm’s corporate governance; regionally this figure looks most concerning for North America, with 32 percent of internal auditors having no involvement.
4) Internal auditors spend 45 percent of their time on IT security and risk. Nearly half (48 percent) of respondents said that it should be a top priority for their organization and 35 percent said it would be a top challenge for boards of directors in 2014.
(5) Nearly half of the respondents (48 percent) expect to be spending more time reporting to senior management and tracking remedial actions. This is in addition to almost a quarter (24 percent) of internal auditors anticipating a need to focus on the implementation of industry-specific legislation.
(6) Nearly half of internal auditors interact with risk management (44 percent) and compliance (47 percent) on at least a monthly basis. While these figures are a slight improvement on last year it remains an area where improvements could be made.
(7) It is interesting that areas not considered a priority for internal audit included customer outcomes (6 percent), whistle-blowing (5 percent) and capital and liquidity (4 percent).
(8) Internal auditors’ perception of priorities for the board are not aligned with their own. The key challenges for internal auditors are greater complexity of issues and focus on risk and control, as well as changing business models. In contrast, boards’ priorities are corporate strategy, strategic risk management and legal and regulatory risk.
The growing focus which policymakers and regulators have been placing on culture, corporate governance and risk management has emphasized still further the need for a strong, well-resourced independent audit function operating, and in particular reporting, in close coordination with other risk and compliance functions, all with visible support from the top of the organization. Yet the results show a relatively unchanged picture in these areas from previous years. As the risks increase so does the need for internal audit to react to those changes.