Unlike a service audit which has the objective of reporting on existing controls, readiness assessments are designed to identify those controls that should be implemented or improved prior to an actual audit or gaps within the current control environment.
The Top 5 Values of a Readiness Assessment
- Auditor gains an understanding of the client environment in advance of the review
- Client management gains comfort with the audit team and the review process
- Low stress and candid discussions pertaining to the controls implemented, and the gaps identified
- Opportunity to review the assessed gaps and implement controls
- Clients can leverage the experience of the service auditor when beginning the preparation of the description of services, or report narrative.
Utilize the knowledge and experience of the auditor to gain comfort and understanding of the review process.
Pull back the curtain
This is the time when nothing should be held back, especially in areas where the client might feel there are insufficient controls. One of the core objectives of the readiness assessment is to identify areas for improvement so that gaps are closed prior to the examination.