Nearly Two-Thirds of Organizations Say Tech Skills Gap Is Already Impacting IT Audits: New Study Identifies Five Top Skills Auditors Seek to Build

ISACA launches new Transforming IT Audit web site to help auditors
adapt and upskill

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Technologies such as AI are reshaping the future of IT auditors, but
auditors are largely optimistic about the future, according to new
research from global tech association ISACA.

In the Future
of IT Audit: Research Brief
, the results of a survey of more than
2,400 IT auditors worldwide, 92 percent of IT auditors responded that
they are optimistic about how technology will impact them professionally
over the next five years. Nearly 8 in 10 say their IT audit team has the
technical skills and training to keep up with the technology changes
affecting them.

Additional good news is that IT auditors are increasingly involved in
major tech projects. Thirty-five percent say they are brought in during
the planning phase of such projects, 44 percent say they have a
significant impact on major tech projects in their organizations, and
nearly half (47 percent) say IT auditors will be significantly more
involved in these projects in the next three to five years.

Among the new technologies that IT auditors most want to learn more
about are:

  1. Predictive analytics (53 percent)
  2. Artificial intelligence (51 percent)
  3. Blockchain (48 percent)
  4. Machine learning (45 percent)
  5. Robotic process automation (45 percent)

Those who obtain this knowledge are likely to be in high demand,
according to people seeking to hire IT auditors. More than two-thirds
(67 percent) say they have difficulty recruiting auditors with the
required technical skills, and 64 percent say the technical skills gap
is having an impact on performing IT audits with a high degree of
confidence.

Todd Weinman, president and chief recruiting officer of an audit and GRC
search firm, is seeing this reflected in his clients’ priorities.

“The one unmistakable trend I am seeing is a return to the more
technical auditor,” said Weinman. “With the heightened attention to
cybersecurity risks, companies realize they need IT audit talent with
deeper technical understanding.”

New Resource Helps Auditors Navigate the Future

To help IT auditors acquire the skills needed for the future, ISACA has
launched a Transforming
IT Audit
web site, with resources on AI, blockchain, IoT and more.

Among the resources featured are:

  • A free Auditing AI white paper
  • A free IT Audit Career Pathways tool
  • An Audit Outlook video on AI and machine learning
  • Cybersecurity Audit Certificate Program

Resources will be added continually throughout 2019 and beyond.

“ISACA was founded 50 years ago to help individuals navigate an entirely
new career: electronic data processing audit,” said ISACA Board Chair
Rob Clyde, CISM. “Five decades later, our mission continues to be to
help auditors thrive in a technology-driven world, by equipping them
with new skills at a faster pace than ever before. Auditors are
optimistic about the future of the profession, and we at ISACA are
excited for the innovations to come.”

For more information on the Future of IT Audit Study, visit www.isaca.org/futureofITauditstudy.
For the Transforming IT Audit microsite, visit https://transformingaudit.isaca.org.

About ISACA

Now in its 50th
anniversary
year, ISACA® (isaca.org)
is a global association helping individuals and enterprises achieve the
positive potential of technology. Today’s world is powered by
information and technology, and ISACA equips professionals with the
knowledge, credentials, education and community to advance their careers
and transform their organizations. ISACA leverages the expertise of its
460,000 engaged professionals—including its 140,000 members—in
information and cyber security, governance, assurance, risk and
innovation, as well as its enterprise performance subsidiary, CMMI®
Institute
, to help advance innovation through technology. ISACA has
a presence in more than 188 countries, including more than 220 chapters
worldwide and offices in both the United States and China.

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