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The annual meeting of the ITSA and ITASA projects groups

March 29, 2019 views 514

 

On March 20th, the auditors of the Court of Accounts of the Republic of Moldova (CoA) participated in the meeting of the ITSA and ITASA projects groups in the city of Bern, Switzerland.

The purpose of the meetings was to consolidate the results of the recent ITSA and ITAS workshops and to share experience and expertise, which will also help prepare for the next meeting of the EUROSAI Working Group on IT Audit.

The meeting gathered members of ITSA and ITASA working groups and was hosted by the Federal Audit Office of Switzerland, the leader of the mentioned projects. The event was attended by representatives of the Supreme Audit Institutions (ISAs) from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Malta, Serbia, Hungary, Turkey, Moldova, Zambia, Zimbabwe, representatives of the European Court of Auditors, etc.

ISA of Moldova was represented by Vitalie Babara, Head of Section and Marina Cataraga, senior public auditor, members of the EUROSAI Working Group on IT Audit.

The activities of the ITSA and ITASA Working Group are directed towards alignment with the strategic objectives of the EUROSAI Strategic Plan 2017-2023:

I. Promote and mediate professional co-operation to support effective, innovative and relevant audits;

II. Support and facilitate the development of the institutional capacity of ISAs to meet new opportunities and challenges.

The meeting included workshops and group discussions that identified the needs of European ISAs in terms of IT self-evaluation and self-assessment of IT audit. The observations made are intended to help establish guidelines for activities that will support ISAs in the future.

The ITSA tool is a self-assessment of the IT function of ISAs, processes that affect the core activity of the institution to determine its level of maturity, identify gaps that limit their effectiveness by offering solutions to increase maturity. A more advanced IT function will add greater value to processes (including greater IT investment return) and will maintain better control over the risks associated with IT use.

The ITASA (self-evaluation of IT audit capabilities of ISA) involves a set of simple actions and standards that are designed to help improve the IT audit function, depending on the specific needs of an ISA. The need to evaluate the IT audit function lies in the possibility of determining the current maturity of the system as well as determining the performance to be achieved.

The Court of Accounts of the Republic of Moldova has been actively participating in ITSA and ITAS projects since 2014.