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How AI evolves internal audit’s strategic impact | Webinar recap 

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In the rapidly evolving landscape of financial risk and compliance, the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not just a trend—it’s a revolution. During a recent MindBridge webinar, Ernest Anunciacion, Head of Product Marketing at MindBridge, and Harold Silverman from the Institute of Internal Auditors dove into the transformative impact of AI on the auditing profession. Their discussion illuminated the strategic advantages AI offers to auditors, controllers, CFOs, and other financial professionals seeking to enhance their audit processes and strategic oversight. 

Transforming internal audit processes with AI 

AI is redefining the traditional roles within auditing by automating complex processes and enhancing the strategic influence of auditors within organizations. As discussed in the webinar, AI applications in auditing range from risk assessment optimizations to advanced risk intelligence, which can significantly streamline audit workflows and elevate the effectiveness and efficiency of internal audit. 

Key insights on AI in internal audit

AI-enhanced risk assessments: AI tools can handle vast data sets more efficiently than traditional methods, allowing auditors to perform more comprehensive risk assessments. This capability is vital in today’s data-driven environment, where risk assessment and audit plan development are crucial for identifying and mitigating potential threats. 

Practical AI applications: From automating routine tasks to analyzing complex data patterns, AI enables auditors to focus on more strategic aspects of their roles, such as advisory and consultation services. 

Advanced risk intelligence: AI’s ability to provide continuous insights into financial transactions revolutionizes how auditors monitor and report on financial integrity and compliance, shifting the focus from historical data analysis to proactive risk management. 

The strategic role of AI in enhancing organizational value 

The webinar highlighted the necessity for audit and finance professionals to adopt AI to remain relevant. AI not only boosts operational efficiencies but also plays a crucial role in strategic decision-making processes. By integrating AI into their methodologies, auditors can offer more value to their organizations, positioning themselves as indispensable strategic advisors rather than compliance overseers

Leveraging AI for strategic advantages: 

Continuous monitoring and decision support: AI facilitates continuous monitoring of financial transactions, which is essential for timely and informed decision-making. This capability is particularly crucial for audit committees and CFOs who rely on accurate and up-to-date information to achieve organizational goals and objectives. 

Enhancing audit efficiency: AI can automate various aspects of the audit process, from planning and testing to reporting, allowing auditors to allocate more time to areas that require human judgment and strategic thought. 

The future of internal auditing with AI 

The integration of AI in internal auditing is inevitable. As articulated in the webinar, AI is set to redefine the scope and value of the profession significantly. Internal auditors who embrace this technology will enhance their strategic roles within organizations, driving better business outcomes through more efficient and effective audit processes. 

For those interested in exploring this topic further and understanding how AI can be leveraged in your auditing practices, we encourage you to watch the full webinar recording. Additionally, dive into our resources and case studies on AI applications in auditing to see real-world examples of how AI is transforming the industry

Stay ahead of the curve by joining us at The MindBridge Conference later this year, where we will continue to explore the cutting-edge applications of AI in finance and auditing. Register now to secure your spot and lead the change in the future of financial risk intelligence. 

About the speakers

Ernest Anunciacion has over 21 years of experience in internal audit, risk management consulting, and SaaS product marketing. As a former Chief Audit Executive, he is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a Six Sigma Black Belt. Ernest has an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems and is an Executive MBA from the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota. He is a former board member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) North American Board of Directors. An avid sneakerhead, Ernest loves to spend his spare time on the boat with his family and traveling to locations to indulge in local cuisines.
Ernest Anunciacion
Head of Product Marketing
MindBridge

Ernest Anunciacion has over 21 years of experience in internal audit, risk management consulting, and SaaS product marketing. As a former Chief Audit Executive, he is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a Six Sigma Black Belt. Ernest has an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems and is an Executive MBA from the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota. He is a former board member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) North American Board of Directors. An avid sneakerhead, Ernest loves to spend his spare time on the boat with his family and traveling to locations to indulge in local cuisines.  

Harold Silverman
Senior Director of Audit Committee & Corporate Governance
Institute of Internal Auditors

Harold Silverman is the Senior Director of Audit Committee & Corporate Governance Engagement at The IIA. In this role, he leads advocacy efforts for the profession with internal audits’ stakeholders and the organizations that influence internal audits’ stakeholders. In addition, he provides thought leadership on emerging trends and leading practices to audit leaders. Harold was previously Vice President of Internal Audit at The Wendy’s Company. Prior to Wendy’s, he was the Vice President of Internal Audit at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co. Harold has also held internal audit positions at Raytheon Co. and PwC.