The Influence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on Audit and the Role of Auditors

The Influence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on Audit and the Role of Auditors

by Aswani

For the coming years, COVID-19 pandemic and the innovations happening around us have transformed the way we operate business. It has increased our dependency on technologies and equipment, and therefore it has become more vital to incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) into the way we conduct auditing.

As technology advances, the number of questions grows. In an AI-dominated future, what function will an auditor perform? What will the future audit look like? In this blog, we will provide our readers with information about the aforementioned topics. So, let’s get going!

The word “AI” refers to computer programs that imitate human intellect in certain aspects. It includes data extraction, machine learning, speech recognition, and picture identification among other disciplines. The introduction of AI is altering the mode of audits, creating them more proactive and boosting their efficiency, much as digital technology changed the scope and methodology of audit scrutiny.

What influence does AI have on auditing procedures in the future?

Businesses are expanding and becoming more complicated while attempting to reduce audit expenses, which encourages them to automate further. Machine learning can alter auditing, resulting in enhanced efficiency and accuracy.

Auditors’ Role in an AI-Enabled Audit

The objective of auditing, as well as the responsibilities and engagement of auditors, will alter as automation increases. Auditors must evaluate hundreds of papers and contracts, as well as overseeing the effectiveness of legislative reforms and conduct inquiries on unclear operations.

Gaining necessary abilities in using AI technologies, as well as auditors’ solid clinical judgement, was considered an essential aspect that would improve the engagement among AI and the audit process. AI will assist auditors in smart work and more efficiently by saving their time and allowing them to apply their decision making precise. In this approach, AI could help auditors have a brighter and more fascinating tomorrow. Some of the other benefits are listed below.

AI Audit Tools

At present, AI is becoming a more significant part of audits. Technological advancements have resulted in a major rise in remote audits too. To maintain the standards of audits and identify any anomalies while making audit work easier and more effective, many businesses are shifting to artificial intelligence tools. Let’s look at some AI tools used in our auditing process.

  • Caseware Analytics
  • Galvanize (ACL)

Bottom Line

The future audit scenario is expected to include very little interpersonal contact when it comes to extremely repetitive and rule-based activities. Interface technologies might be used to regularly convey data in real-time, which could then be evaluated, verified, and identified for the auditor’s consideration.

Employing automation and data analytics is a first stride forward for auditors on their path to an AI-enabled audit. Artificial Intelligence will automate tedious work, give deeper insights, and increase efficiency, helping auditors to properly apply their expertise, and assessment skills.