An overview of agile auditing

It’s basically impossible for internal audit teams to plan for market disruptions, last minute regulatory changes, and unexpected cybersecurity or data privacy threats. So how can these departments operate in today’s dynamic business environments while continuing to...

ACL 2018 Audit Survey Results

Cybersecurity and privacy rating high for auditors in recent survey, analytics implementation trailing–reflecting wider industry research ACL recently conducted a survey to better understand auditor’s challenges and what they expect to see as emerging...

6 ways to reduce SOX costs

John Verver, CPA CA, CISA, CMC Advisor to ACL      The Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act was passed into law just over 16 years ago. By now you might think that public companies affected would have developed efficient processes that minimize costs and...

ACL Academy: Managing audits and policy compliance in ACL

We’re excited to announce the newest program additions to the ACL Academy: How to Manage Audits in ACL and Automating and Monitoring Policy Compliance. We’ve just rolled out two brand new programs in ACL Academy that will make you a pro at managing your...

Introducing the ACL Analytics Foundations Program

We recently rolled out the ACL Analytics Foundations Program, a new set of ACL Academy courses designed to get you up to speed with ACL Analytics. From basic navigation, to conducting duplicate payments tests, to automating audits with scripting—the ACL Analytics...

Moving from ad hoc auditing to automated monitoring

Shane Grimm Senior Product Manager, ACL Today, in financial institutions around the world, audit teams have an ever-growing portfolio of functions to manage while keeping up with a constantly changing regulatory landscape. These same auditors are expected to provide...

How to transition away from a culture of dark data

Dan Zitting, CPA.CITP, CGMA, CISA, GRCA Chief Customer Experience Officer, ACL      Dark data is created when auditors—and, more specifically, the auditor’s technology toolset—allows primary audit documentation to be captured in files that isolate...

Seven dangers of document-based auditing

Dan Zitting, CPA.CITP, CGMA, CISA, GRCA Chief Customer Experience Officer, ACL      In the 1980s and 1990s, large audit organizations moved away from hard copy audit files and working papers because of the difficulties in sharing and collaborating...

Are electronic working papers keeping you in the dark?

Dan Zitting, CPA.CITP, CGMA, CISA, GRCA Chief Customer Experience Officer, ACL      When the audit community transitioned from physical files to electronic documents, oh so many years ago, it quickly became unwieldy to track audit status and...

Five ways technology can help IT compliance

Robert Luu, ACDA, ACP-P Senior Solutions Consultant, Solution Lead, ACL Effective IT systems form the backbone of every organization and as organizational demands and challenges increase, so do the pressures on the IT team. The importance of IT security is growing and...

Are data robots coming to replace auditors?

A recent Oxford University study examined how automation and robotics are affecting different professions. Among the over 600 professions considered, auditing was right at the top—deemed by researchers as a profession ripe for automation, with a 96% chance of being...

Real-life stories of rock star auditors

In a recent webinar, ACL’s Chief Product Officer, Dan Zitting, shared a story about a physician at Vanderbilt University Medical Center who raised the vital issue of handwashing compliance. By raising this to stakeholders and developing training and communication...