Auditing of Information Technology Controls in Outsourcing
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The paper analyzes the level of Information Technology (IT) and the quality of IT Controls (ITC) in outsourcing. We collected data through a questionnaire sent to a sample of Italian listed companies and performed robustness tests. Our results show that in Italy: (1) IT in outsourcing is widespread; (2) ITC in outsourcing complies with USA frameworks. ITC mainly follow the Statement of Auditing Standard No. 70 (SAS 70) Report Types 1 and 2. Concerns about quality are related to the absence of a direct evaluation in outsourcer location and the absence of audit provisions.