Pre-project checklist for the proactive auditor
Internal auditing has traditionally been done retroactively. That means that auditors have historically reviewed decisions, activities, and transactions after they occurred to determine whether those were done in a way that met some criteria (e.g. laws, regulations, policies, procedures, contractual terms). The results were then used to provide an opinion on the overall conditions in the program or process reviewed.
While the auditor’s methodology has relied on this practice and it has been used widely for a long time, one of the issues with this after-the-event approach is that the actions have already occurred. It is based on auditors focusing on issue detection. While it is helpful to detect problems, auditors are increasingly coming to the realization that deterring and preventing issues is better than detecting and having to correct them later.
This is the essence of being proactive.
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