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Live digital: Assurance mapping

We are increasingly looking for more for less from internal audit and this increasingly requires that we are “joined up” with what others are doing.

Assurance mapping – a practitioner’s workshop

We have split the one-day virtual course into two half days :
Wednesday June 3rd from 12.30 – 16.00 andThursday June 4th from 9.00 to 12.00. We will be using Zoom for this session and offer training in advance to get you familiar with Zoom and make sure you are able to log on. If your organiszation do not allow Zoom and you have no other access to a private computer or i-pad, you are welcome to attend from our office in Vika, Oslo via IIA Norway’s computer.

We are increasingly looking for more for less from internal audit and this increasingly requires that we are “joined up” with what others are doing. Since 2017 the IIA standards require internal audit to “co-ordinate and consider relying upon” the work of others, and also demand that we develop “a consistent process for the basis of reliance” on others.

An assurance map is a key tool that all internal audit functions should be able to use, but there are many stories of lengthy and expensive efforts to deliver such a map. Using real world experiences as a head of audit, and over 10 years training on this topic we are delighted to have James Paterson to share his insights on how to make progress in a practical way. This will also allow those who have already started working on assurance maps to take stock, and decide “where next”  and how to join up efforts with other activities.

Who should attend?

Heads of internal audit, internal audit managers and anyone whose involved in assurance processes.

What will I learn?

  • understand the foundations of an effective assurance map
  • why assurance from all lines of defence must be considered, not just internal audit and second line functions
  • learn the range of benefits that an assurance map can deliver and the different ways to get these
  • understand the technical and political challenges of assurance mapping and the best way of measuring the assurance from others
  • up-grading your audit planning to include assurance activities
  • learn how assurance thinking can actually support lean and agile audit techniques
  • be clear about how assurance efforts should link with risk management and performance management and not just be something separate
  • learn how to prioritise your current efforts.


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James C. Paterson is a finance professional who then became the Chief Audit Executive for AstraZeneca PLC. He has been consulting and training since 2010 and delivers workshops for 12 IIA institutes across Europe, including Belgium. Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. James has also presented at several 3 IIA International conferences on a range of topics. He is the author of the book “Lean Auditing” which is about new ways of auditing to drive efficiency and effectiveness and added value. His specialist areas of work include Assurance Mapping, Root cause analysis, Audit culture and influencing and political savvy for internal auditors.