Presentation on theme: "ROYAL AUDIT AUTHORITY, SAI of BHUTAN 19th Working Group on IT Audit Presentation on ICT & IT Auditing in Bhutan 1."— Presentation transcript:
ROYAL AUDIT AUTHORITY, SAI of BHUTAN 19th Working Group on IT Audit Presentation on ICT & IT Auditing in Bhutan 1
OVERVIEW OF THE PRESENTATION ICT Policies & Regulatory Frameworks; Royal Governments initiatives in the development of ICT; Auditing Frameworks; IT Auditing in Bhutan; CurrentAchievements in IT Audit; and Way Forward. 2
Bhutans Development Philosophy 4 Pillars of GNH Promotion of equitable and sustainable socio-economic development Conservation of the Natural Environment Preservation and promotion of cultural values Establishment of good governance ICT is used as an enabler as well as a tool to enhance the elements of good governance ICT is also used in preserving and promoting cultural heritage 3
4 ICT POLICIES & REGULATORY FRAMEWORKS Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan There shall be freedom of press, radio and television and other forms of dissemination of information including electronic. A Bhutanese citizen shall have the right to information.
5 ICT POLICIES & REGULATORY FRAMEWORKS Bhutan Information, Communication & Media Act, 2006; Telecommunication Act; Bhutan ICT Policy & Strategies (BIPS); Information Sharing Policy; Information & media Policy; Information Management Security Policy;
ROYAL GOVERNMENTS INITIATIVES Policy measures Infrastructure development E-governance Content & application development 6
7 AUDITING FRAMEWORKS There shall be a Royal Audit Authority to audit and report on the Economy, Efficiency and Effectiveness in the use of Public Resources Article 25.1, Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan & Article 3, of the Audit Act of Bhutan 2006 Our Vision A premier audit institution that promotes value for money in government operations and contribute towards good governance Our Vision A premier audit institution that promotes value for money in government operations and contribute towards good governance Our Mission To audit without fear or favor or prejudice and effective use of public resources and report to the Parliament and stakeholders for enhancing transparency and accountability in the government Our Mission To audit without fear or favor or prejudice and effective use of public resources and report to the Parliament and stakeholders for enhancing transparency and accountability in the government
8 IT Auditing in Bhutan Article 38 (a), Audit Act The RAA shall carry out financial, propriety, compliance, special audits and any other form of audits that the Auditor General may consider significant and necessary. IT related audits are conducted by IT Audit Section under Thematic Audit Division (established in July 2007)
9 Audit on Budget & Accounting System Audit on Dzongkhag Local Area Network Internet Connection Project Audit on Electricity Billing & Collection System OUR ACHIEVEMENTS IN IT AUDIT Audit on IDRC Project "improving rural livelihoods in Bhutan through addressing identified information needs" Audit on Information Security
10 OUR RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS IN IT AUDIT Audit was conducted among others to: To ascertain whether the rural communities were benefited from the access to the Information Centres; To assess the content & application system and ascertain whether it is able to meet communities identified information needs; To assess the completeness, adequacy and timeliness of the information provided by the Information Centres; Our Significant impacts : Extensive deliberation in the Parliament; Extensive media coverage; Proper study and planning were carried out; Trained the beneficiaries in the use of the centers; Developed comprehensive plan to revitalize the established Information Centers and to address the issues of sustainability. Audit on IDRC Project "improving rural livelihoods in Bhutan through addressing identified information needs"
11 OUR RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS IN IT AUDIT Audit was conducted among others to: To determine whether the IT-related internal control environment, including documented policies and procedures, provide reasonable assurance of safeguarding the information and IT assets; To assess whether the auditee agencies exercise due care and diligence in the protection of information and IT assets from unauthorized access, disclosure, destruction, modification, disruption and other applicable risks Our Significant impacts : Deliberated extensively in the Parliament; Extensive media coverage; Endorsed Information Security & Management Policy; Created awareness amongst the top management in terms of the prevailing security situations. Audit on Information Security
12 WAY FORWARD Elevating the present IT Audit Section to full fledge Division; Enhance IT Audit Functions in the RAA by strengthening the staff of IT Audit Section; Build the professional capabilities of the IT Auditors by infusing relevant skills; Keep abreast with the advancement in technologies; Enhance the use of Audit Tools like IDEA
13 WAY FORWARD Automate the audit process (introduction of ERP System); Establish professional institutional relationship with IT related agencies like Ministry of Information & Communication and other organizations; Establish systemic follow-up in IT audits and impact assessment; Extend relationship with other SAIs for sharing best practices and expertise in IT Auditing.
POLICY MEASURES Exemption of import duties on ICT equipments; Declared tax holidays for ICT firms from 3 to 5 years; To provide 75 percent of services online by 2010; The vision concept of Bhutanese Information Society 15
16 INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT Establishment of Community Information Centers; Established Local Area Network in all 20 districts; Installed Thimphu Wide Area Network; Provided computers and Internet connection in schools; Commitment to One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Project; Video Conferencing ( On-going); National broadband Network Plan (On-going)
E-GOVERNANCE INITIATIVES Developed E-Platform to deliver services online (e.g. Audit Clearances); Developed online Asset Declaration; Online agriculture Marketing information to provide prompt and reliable market information on agriculture produce (ongoing); Government Portal (single window/ e-office) for government offices to share information (ongoing); Online Digital library (ongoing); Started telemedicine; 17
18 CONTENT & APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT Developed Bhutan Civil Registration System to facilitate Citizenship ID Cards; Developed passport system with machine readable passports; Developed DZONGKHA LINUX- an operating system with Dzongkha Desktop; Hospital Information System (Ongoing); Common Integrated Police Application (Ongoing)