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New Protiviti tool for automated control optimization

I just heard today that Protiviti has a great tool for the SAP environment that should be of tremendous value to IT auditors and others.

I don’t know what they call it and haven’t seen it myself, but what they told me is that you can use it to analyze all your configurable controls. You can see which are turned on, and which are not.

This can be used to:

  • Build an inventory of the automated controls you want to test. For example, we would use SAP BusinessObjects Process Control to monitor and test the configurations
  • See where additional configurable controls can be turned on, and potentially replace less efficient/effective manual controls
  • Get your continuous monitoring/auditing program going

If your company decides to assess and use the tool, I would be interested in hearing about it!

  1. March 18, 2010 at 5:00 AM

    Norman, your blog popped up on my Google Alert today. The tool that Protiviti uses to analyze controls within SAP is called Assure Controls.

    Protiviti also has a tool called Assure Security which performs automated analysis of segregation of duties risks within SAP. This tool is great for remediating excessive access, within users and roles, for upcoming audits.

  2. March 18, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Here’s a little more information about Protiviti’s Assure suite. We have been using it on hundreds of client engagements for nearly 6 years now. The Assure suite consists of:

    Assure Controls – Performs configuration controls analysis and provides

    Assure Security – Performs segregation of duties (SOD) and sensitive
    access checks

    Assure Integrity – Analyzes transactional data for inconsistencies
    (duplicate vendors, duplicate payments, fraudulent transactions)

    Scott Gracyalny
    Managing Director, Protiviti

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