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Enterprise, Operational and Cybersecurity Risks Dominate Audit Priorities for 2021, MetricStream Survey Reveals

Agility, Continuous Monitoring, and Data Visualization are Transforming Internal Audit

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 13, 2021 – MetricStream, the global market leader in integrated risk management (IRM)and GRC, today announced the results of the 2021 MetricStream State of Internal Audit Survey. Compiled from the opinions of internal auditors that recently attended the MetricStream GRC Summit, key findings show that despite volatility of the risk landscape in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, most organizations still rely on manual tools and technologies for internal audit processes.

“Auditors don’t have time to sift through mountains of data to mine insights, especially considering how quickly the risk climate grows in complexity,” said Gaurav Kapoor, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, MetricStream. “The pandemic has been a wake-up call for organizations around the world and demonstrated the need to rapidly elevate audit programs to be more agile, enable better assurance, and insights.”

The MetricStream State of Internal Audit Survey for 2021 is based on the responses obtained from internal auditors across multiple geographies and industries, including banking and financial services, government, telecom, technology, healthcare, energy and utilities, and others.

The key areas tackled in the survey were:

  • How COVID-19 has globally impacted internal audit professionals and their way of work.
  • The biggest internal audit challenges, ranging from skills shortages to a changing risk landscape
  • Top tools, techniques, and technologies used by audit professionals to adapt to the new normal
  • The key audit priorities and future areas of investment

Key takeaways from the survey include the following:

  • 67% of internal auditors have had to change their plans, and reprioritize audit activities during the pandemic
  • 60% of internal auditors do not follow an agile approach to internal auditing
  • Only 39% of the respondents said that they are in the process of implementing, or have already implemented continuous monitoring and continuous auditing and are actively using them
  • 80% of organizations still use office productivity software or point solutions while only 10% of respondents said they use one integrated solution for policy, audit, risk, and compliance management
  • Organizations mostly use audit software for conducting field work, creating audit plans, scheduling audit and tasks, and creating reports
  • Although changing business priorities, risk and compliance landscape, and the lack of right tools and technologies were cited as the top challenges faced by internal auditors, only 27% of those surveyed said that they will dedicate future investments towards adopting an integrated solution for policy, audit, risk, and compliance

The survey suggests organizations still need to adopt more advanced features to meet the requirements of today’s volatile and fast-paced business environment. By leveraging advanced technologies and integrated solutions, such as the MetricStream Internal Audit product built on the MetricStream Platform and powered by AWS Cloud, organizations can gain a holistic view into risks and make more strategic decisions about their business.

Download the complete MetricStream State of Internal Audit Survey 2021.

About MetricStream

MetricStream is the global market leader of Integrated Risk Management and GRC solutions that empower organizations to thrive on risk by accelerating growth via risk-aware decisions. We connect governance, risk management and compliance across the extended enterprise to enable resilience and digital transformation. MetricStream is headquartered in San Jose, California, with an operations and R&D center in Bangalore, India, and sales and operations support around the globe. More information is available at www.metricstream.com, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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