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January 2022

WorkivaWorkiva, provider of the world’s leading connected reporting and compliance platform, is used by thousands of enterprises across 180 countries, including more than 75 percent of Fortune 500® companies, and by government agencies. Our customers have linked over five billion data elements to trust their data, reduce risk, and save time. For more information about Workiva (NYSE:WK), please visit


Welcome to the AuditNet® Newsletter published  monthly, featuring internal audit related content and resources. Return every month to read the latest Audit News That's Fit to Print. The current newsletter theme will be displayed at the top of the newsletter and you will find articles and information related to that theme. Subscribers have unlimited downloads to hundreds of audit templates, programs, risk control matrices, questionnaires, checklists and guides. 

Jk Jim Kaplan CIA CFE and AuditNet® Founder

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Topic  IT Security

Internal audit and compliance have a key role to play in helping to manage and assess risk as cloud services evolve, especially for third-party compliance.

We started our research on this month's topic by Googling (yes that is a verb) 'IT Security and Audit'. You can easily do the same substituting terms relating to the topic to other specific issues to further customize the results. Over the past 25+ years we have developed an expertise in finding relevant information for auditors. These links are provided to add to your knowledge bases on the theme of this month's newsletter. Here is our query with the links to hundreds or resources to help design your audit plan:

Evaluating cyber risk with internal audits - Anticipation is essential when safeguarding an organization’s assets against cyber security risks in an emerging threat landscape.

Top 3Top 3 Reasons that Auditors Visit AuditNet® (according to a recent survey)

  1. Finding audit programs
  2. Finding online training with CPE and,
  3. Researching best practices.

Join thousands of other auditors that subscribe or come to AuditNet® through a site license partner and you will have access to over 3,000 audit program templates and be eligible to earn CPE at no additional cost and find best practices from other audit departments! Audit ProgramsAudit Template According to the 2019 AuditNet® User Survey, the main reason auditors visit AuditNet® is to find templates for audit. As a result we moved the current and upcoming audit template additions here for the benefit of users. The following audit templates were added and are now available to subscribers.  Come to the site to download a list of all the templates.  (*e-book Monograph Series). NOW hundreds of free audit templates - the largest inventory of audit program templates on the Internet! 

The AuditNet® site has always made available a downloadable (Excel csv) list of templates which included the name, subscription level and date added. We have updated the functionality so that the list now includes a description of the templates, number of times that templates were downloaded and a URL direct link to the template. You must be logged in to your subscription or access from a site licensee secure login link in order to download the template from the URL. We added this functionality as a benefit to subscribers and site license users to facilitate downloading. Non subscribers will be blocked from downloading content and be redirected to subscribe. To download the CSV file click on the Audit Templates link on the navigation column, Then click on Download a listing of Audit Programs

To view the most recent additions to the templates click on 'Audit Templates' in the navigation panel and then click on 'Added'. You may also search using the 'Search Audit Programs' box.

Template Additions This Month

  1. Cash Disbursements- Segregation of Duties
  2. Cash Receipts - Segregation of Duties
  3. Financial Reporting - Segregation of Duties
  4. Fixed Assets - Segregation of Duties
  5. Inventory - Segregation of Duties
  6. Loans - Segregation of Duties
  7. Payroll & Personnel - Segregation of Duties
  8. Procurement - Segregation of Duties
  9. Sales - Segregation of Duties
  10. Treasury & Investments - Segregation of Duties
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Workiva Pardon the Interruption: An Auditor’s Look Back at 2021 and 2022 Predictions January 27, 2022 2 PM EST Join us as Rick Wright, author of Agile Auditing: Transforming the Internal Audit Process, and Ernest Anunciacion, Workiva’s own GRC expert, as they exchange thoughts on the biggest headlines from 2021. Then Rick and Grant Ostler, Workiva’s Director of Product Marketing, will share predictions for 2022 and tips on how to best prepare for the future. Register Today!

Featured Articles

Featured ArticleThis Month's Featured Articles

Workiva  Workiva Acquisition Empowers Internal Auditors with More Technology and Resources to Increase Transparency, Reduce Risk and Create Efficiencies - AMES, Iowa (Dec. 14, 2021) -- Workiva Inc. (NYSE:WK) today announced it has acquired global audit content and services provider, AuditNet®. The acquisition comes on the heels of Workiva being named a Leader in The Forrester WaveTM: Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) Platforms Q3 2021 Report, and showcases Workiva’s investment in and commitment to the future transformation of audit. Read the rest of the announcement.

Workiva 6 Golden Rules for Running a Remote Internal Audit Meet Ruth Nouanesengsy, the internal audit manager for Workiva.  Previously the internal audit manager for Lancaster Colony, she manages the risk and controls processes for Workiva entirely remotely—hundreds of miles away from our headquarters in Ames, Iowa. She's mastered the work processes many newly remote risk and audit professionals (perhaps yourself!) are scrambling to establish right now. Learn from the expert Click to find Ruth's six golden rules for virtual work.

WorkivaWhy We Need More Agile Auditing Resources in the World - Workiva’s new e-book adds to the increasing list of resources available to learn agile auditing In early 2018, I found myself contemplating a new auditing methodology, agile auditing. At the time, I was renewing my audit function's strategic plan, which included enhancing our consulting services. Agile auditing methodology based on the scrum process framework was becoming a hot topic in auditing circles. It was said to be very well suited for enhancing collaboration and dealing with complexity in projects, among other qualities. These were important aspects for my team to improve on in our strategic plan. My curiosity piqued, and I started the journey of learning more about this thing called agile auditing. Read the rest of the article.

WorkivaEmbracing Audit Analytics: Q&A with Workiva Expert Corey Wells - One could say that audit analytics is woven into Corey Wells' DNA. Prior to joining Workiva, where he has commercial responsibility for all solutions that fall under the Audit, Risk, and Compliance umbrella, Corey spent 13 years as a partner with a national risk advisory firm. One of his core responsibilities there included leading their national data analytics practice. In his risk advisory role, Wells helped numerous departments either initiate or mature their analytics capabilities. Corey believes that for too long, audit analytics has been viewed as optional. We sat down with Corey and discussed why he now considers audit analytics as necessary for audit teams of the future and how auditors interested in maturing their analytics can pitch it to leadership.  Read the article for key takeaways

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