By Sese Bennett
October 20, 2022
Preparing for audits is no small task. Whether it is a single small audit or multiple enterprise audits, it’s a grueling process. It can sap the strength out of any organization and lead to poor audit performance.
So, how do you prepare for an audit? Most organizations choose to pull resources from their existing job responsibilities or assign the audit to a project manager. As you can imagine, both of these approaches come with a level of impact that can tax your resources. So, let’s rephrase the question – How do you prepare for an audit in a way that benefits your organization?
The article below will discuss how to remove the pain from the audit preparedness process so that you can realize the benefits of a no-nonsense approach.
Preparing for an audit involves several steps including reviewing your existing control status, scheduling resources, and collecting artifacts to satisfy evidence requests. How do you accomplish this while ensuring that you are adequately prepared to respond to the audit?
As mentioned previously, one approach is to re-assign existing resources to assist with the audit. While this approach can be successful, what impact will it have on your organization? Pulling resources from their daily job responsibilities can increase stress in the environment and lead to low-quality responses for your audit requests. Here are a few pros & cons for this approach.
Another approach is to assign a project manager to head up your audit preparedness efforts. This approach is often successful in managing the timeline of the audit but may cause confusion due to the lack of familiarity with the technical aspects of audit requirements. One of the most prevalent evidence collection issues is that the evidence provided does not always match the evidence requested. This too can lead to frustration on the part of the audit team and the client causing delays and low-quality responses for audit requests. Here are a few additional pros & cons for this approach.
Provincia Government Solutions takes the pain out of audit preparation by providing the best of both approaches. We provide you with a highly experienced audit coordinator that is focused on assisting your team with:
Are you ready for Provincia Government Solutions to help you? If so, reach out to our team and let’s talk. We can help you tackle the headache of audit readiness and put you are on the path to success!
Until then, be safe and stay secure!
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