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Pulse of Internal Audit

This yearly report has gathered insight from leaders in the profession through the annual Pulse of Internal Audit Survey since 2008. Each survey collects information about established and emerging issues, and other topics of importance to the profession and internal audit management.

The survey results are compiled in separate comprehensive reports exclusively for North American internal audit practitioners and their stakeholders.

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2022 North American Pulse of Internal Audit: Benchmarks for Internal Audit Leaders

In an era where disruptive change has become the norm, the need for accurate and reliable benchmarking is paramount. The IIA’s 2022 North American Pulse of Internal Audit report goes beyond benchmarking and offers insights into how CAEs lead their functions, including areas of responsibility outside of internal auditing (fraud, ERM, SOX, etc.), as well as how they determine top concerns and how they’d spend extra budget.

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2021 Many Sides of Crisis

COVID-19 continues to pose significant health and economic challenges as it enters its second year. The impacts on organizations and their internal audit functions have been varied. The 2021 North American Pulse of Internal Audit: Many Sides of Crisis provides a unique benchmark into the diversity of COVID-19’s effects.

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2020 North American Pulse of Internal Audit  2020 Bridging Critical Gaps

The 2020 North American Pulse of Internal Audit goes back to its roots. Internal audit leaders will find a renewed and deeper focus on audit plan allocations, risk levels, staffing, reporting lines, and audit function maturity.

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2019 North American Pulse of Internal Audit  2019 Defining Alignment in a Dynamic Risk Landscape

By leveraging insights from this year’s Pulse, CAEs can better inform stakeholders about potential underperformance in four key risk areas and take advantage of recommended strategies for identifying and addressing any areas of weakness or misalignment that may exist in their organizations. By having the discussion with the audit committee, concerns are put on the record for action. As in previous years, the survey results also offer valuable benchmarking information on audit plans, staffing, and outsourcing. The report this year also features three-year audit plan trends with breakouts by organization types.​​

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