CAG urges auditors to use data analytics, AI for optimising resources

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CAG of India G C Murmu giving opening remarks at the e-seminar of INTOSAI WGITA on
CAG of India G C Murmu giving opening remarks at the e-seminar of INTOSAI WGITA on

New Delhi [India], September 2 (ANI): The Comptroller and Auditor General of India on Thursday urged the auditors to make far greater use of data analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning to meet multi-faceted challenges fulfilling the requirements and needs of their stakeholders.

In his opening remarks at the e-seminar on "IT Audit in the Era of Industrial Revolution 4.0: Opportunities and Challenges" of The International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) Working Group on Information Technology Audit (WGITA) here today, Comptroller and Auditor General of India G C Murmu emphasized that, in the fourth industrial revolution, audit professionals, especially Information Technology auditors, must prepare themselves to face multi-faceted changes and challenges.

He said that this revolution has created an excellent opportunity for the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) and Working Group on IT Audit (WGITA) to equip its members with practical knowledge and work procedures for addressing the emerging IT risks. For this, he thanked the colleagues in WGITA who are engaged in researching and developing standards and other audit guidance material in a variety of IT-related topics.

Murmu, in his virtual address, highlighted that India is witnessing a massive digital transformation in the spheres of infrastructure, public policymaking and governance.

According to a statement issued by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India today, as of March 2021, India has currently more than 750 million broadband subscribers, mainly mobile users.

As per the statement, in India, today, the trinity of mobile telephony, unique biometric identity and electronic banking, is being used for the world's largest direct benefit transfer to millions of people. These developments have helped protect the people from poverty during the risks and uncertainties of the Covid-19 pandemic. Such initiatives are now fundamental in making the public service delivery efficient and transparent, as well as ensuring trust in public entities and their governance.

The term "Fourth Industrial Revolution" was first introduced by a team of scientists developing a high-tech strategy for the German government, and popularised by Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The transformation journey to the fourth industrial revolution provides a plethora of opportunities for nations and organizations, to achieve operational excellence; but like all paradigm shifts, there are also challenges. We all need to be more agile and adaptive, to cope with the disruptions due to this transformation.

INTOSAI Working Group on IT Audit is a Working Group under the Knowledge Services and Knowledge Sharing Committee (Goal-3) of the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI). This Working Group was set up in 1989 to support member Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) in developing their knowledge and skills in the use and audit of Information Technology (IT).

The Working Group, with its vast membership of about 60 SAIs worldwide, is mandated to support SAIs in developing their knowledge and skills in the use of information technology-related audits by setting standards and guidance on the subject matter and providing facilities for exchange of experiences, sharing best practices, and encouraging bilateral and regional cooperation among SAIs.

The e-seminar was hosted by Agung Firman Sampurna, the Chairman of the Audit Board of the Republic of Indonesia. During the e-seminar, SAI Indonesia presented their initiative in auditing the National Cybersecurity Resilience. The Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) presented on Information Security Auditing: New Concerns of IT Auditors. Also, the National Audit Office of Australia shared their experiences in conducting IT Audits in the Era of Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The Comptroller and Auditor General thanked SAI Indonesia for hosting the e-seminar and highlighted that the e-seminar is an important milestone in the collective journey of WGITA to facilitate sharing of experiences and best practices for IT auditing in the era of the fourth industrial revolution. (ANI)

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