So we've just passed the mid-year hump of 2017 and before you know it, it'll be time to prepare for the next SAP access audit (just when you thought you recovered from the last one). If this is a process you normally dread, and you're not using any type of automation to make it easier, you may want to listen to how one of our customers managed to save 3 weeks during her last audit.
With access audits coming up soon, chances are you’re starting to feel the pressure of everything that it entails – analysis in SAP, extracting reports, auditor requests, and those long, long hours. It’s alot to manage over the course of a few weeks. The good news is that there are things you can do now and during the audit that can reduce the stress and even make the process run much smoother.
It’s time (or almost time) for your yearly audit, where your organization’s access controls will be under the microscope so to speak. Don’t panic, but audits are simply getting tougher. This is due in part to COSO 2013 changes affecting internal controls. With that in mind you should ask yourself, “Is my SAP environment ready?” If you’re still using manual processes to manage areas of SAP, chances are your environment is not ready and could have underlying SoD risks.
If you’re an internal audit professional, chances are you’ll be attending IIA’s 2016 International Conference in New York, NY, starting on July 17 th . We will be there to not only celebrate IIA’s 75 th anniversary, but to help audit professionals become heroes of their next audit.