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Auditing in the Clouds, Coming Down to Earth

Jose Tabuena | July 12, 2011

“The cloud” appears to be the next big thing in Corporate America, with advocates touting its potential to simplify IT infrastructure and lower costs. Cloud computing provides a way for companies to outsource everything from data storage to powerful service applications, paying only for what they use, scaling rapidly, and cutting IT costs in the process.

Yet for the internal auditor and compliance professional the cloud raises significant data security concerns. Cloud computing further disrupts an organization's style of working by altering business processes, information flows, and (above all) control over IT systems exerted by individual departments.

The shift toward cloud services is more than just a shift in technology. It fundamentally alters the way business and IT systems function. For internal audit the challenges are that no standards...

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