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It’s Time to Move Out of the Comfort Zone

The 2016 North American Pulse of Internal Audit report from The IIA’s Audit Executive Center® focuses on areas where changes in the business environment, changes in technologies, and changes in people are affecting the risk environment for organizations.

How are internal auditors keeping up with these changes? In a bygone era, audit professionals carved out a comfort zone focused on financial and operational risks. The results from the survey highlight opportunities for internal audit to move out of the comfort zone.

  • 58% of Pulse respondents reported that they do not audit organizational culture.
  • 52% of respondents reported that a lack of cybersecurity expertise among internal audit staff very much or extremely affects internal audit’s ability to address cybersecurity risk.
  • 71% reported being only moderately or less confident in strategic decisions made by the organization based on data.
  • 98% indicated that communication skills are very or extremely essential to their internal audit function’s ability to perform its responsibilities.

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