Successful Audit Data Analytics for Managers

MIS Training Institute (MISTI)
Training overview
2 days

Course description

Successful Audit Data Analytics for Managers

This seminar is designed for individuals responsible for rolling out and managing data analytics programs. Participants will learn about setting up and running Computer Assisted Audit Techniques (CAATs), or a data analytics function within a compliance or audit team. They will learn how to establish a vision, organize a team to support the vision, and make good investment and resource decision. They will look at common hurdles and learn about how the most successful organizations were able to exploit the power of data analysis achieve sustainable and visible value.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for:

  • Internal audit managers, directors and executives
  • IT audit managers and directors
  • QA personnel
  • IT directors
  • CIOs
  • Consultants

Training Content

Course content

The Business Case for Audit Analytics
• challenges with traditional audit process
• industry benchmarks/guidance 
• success stories and common benefits
• using pilot projects to demonstrate value
• developing the case for investing in audit analytics

What You Should Know, and Questions You Should Be Asking
• which software tools belong in your toolbox and when?
• do your policies and practices support sustainability?
• are you developing analytics for the audit, or developing analytics that support your future and assist the audit?
• what role does everyone play in the analytic process?

Visioning Your Potential Use of Audit Analytics
• approaches for integrating analytics across the entire audit process
• identifying key drivers for pursuing DA
• developing short- and long-range goals
• developing a strategic plan for DA implementation

Removing Common Roadblocks
• obtaining “buy-in” from stakeholders
• effective negotiation with IT
• dealing with the “prior audit budget” barrier
• addressing brainstorming ruts
• strategies for outsourced and cloud-based processes

The Human Factor: Managing DA Talent
• planning the optimal skill mix
• organizing the team
• working with internal and external partners
• developing and maintaining data analytics skills
• staffing and workforce planning
• performance management
• enabling creativity

Change Management: Adapting the Audit Process
• scanning for opportunities to automate
• generating and prioritizing analytic ideas 
• profiling business data for data quality assessment and process understanding
• data analysis for learning as well as detection
• prototyping business rules for 1st and 2nd lines of defense
• choosing between ad hoc, repetitive and continuous methods

Technology Planning for Now and the Future
• market landscape of major audit analytics technologies
• considerations when choosing analytic software
• multi-year technology roadmap and licensing plan
• integrating the technology “eco-system” for increased value

DA Program Governance
• strategy and implementation planning
• data governance: the right data at the right time in the right format
• prioritizing the analytics portfolio
• developing KPIs and measuring program performance
• policies, procedures and user enablement

Management and Oversight of the Analytic Development Cycle
• management’s role in analytic development process
• analytic planning and design
• data access and validation
• coding and script development
• testing/quality assurance (QA)
• implementation and optimization
• process differences for ad-hoc vs. continuous testing

Advancing Your Program’s Maturity to the Next Level
• maturity models and benchmarking
• leveraging available resources
• tactical planning to ascend maturity levels

Evolving to Continuous Assurance
• continuous auditing vs continuous monitoring
• strategy considerations
• effect on audit process
• changes to data extraction and analytic logic


The cost of this course is $1795 per participant. Request information to learn more!

Certification / Credits

Completion of this course is worth 16 CPE Credits



MIS Training Institute (MISTI)

With offices in London and Boston, MISTI is the global leader in IT audit, audit and information security training. Founded in 1978, MISTI has gained experience through training more than 200,000 delegates across five continents.  MISTI has made it their...

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Hannah O.
Steve and Jim are great instructors. A lot of value comes out of the course content, but the most value comes out of all of the side conversations and questions answered throughout the course.
Matt C.
Really appreciated the depth of practical knowledge that was brought to the classroom. Maybe leave a little more time for questions or ask the class whether there are areas of the content that we want to spend more time on.
Kara B.
On first day was difficult finding floor/room. More directions would be nice.
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