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Exploring the Key Risk Factors for Application of Cloud Computing in Auditing

Accounting School, Nanfang College of Sun Yat-sen University, Wenquan Town, Conghua, Guangzhou 510970, China
Department and Graduate School of Accounting, Chinese Culture University, No. 55 Hwa Kang Rd., Yang Ming Shan, Taipei 11114, Taiwan
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Academic Editors: J. A. Tenreiro Machado and Kevin H. Knuth
Entropy 2016, 18(8), 401;
Received: 21 April 2016 / Revised: 30 July 2016 / Accepted: 15 August 2016 / Published: 22 August 2016
In the cloud computing information technology environment, cloud computing has some advantages such as lower cost, immediate access to hardware resources, lower IT barriers to innovation, higher scalability, etc., but for the financial audit information flow and processing in the cloud system, CPA (Certified Public Accountant) firms need special considerations, for example: system problems, information security and other related issues. Auditing cloud computing applications is the future trend in the CPA firms, given this issue is an important factor for them and very few studies have been conducted to investigate this issue; hence this study seeks to explore the key risk factors for the cloud computing and audit considerations. The dimensions/perspectives of the application of cloud computing audit considerations are huge and cover many criteria/factors. These risk factors are becoming increasingly complex, and interdependent. If the dimensions could be established, the mutually influential relations of the dimensions and criteria determined, and the current execution performance established; a prioritized improvement strategy designed could be constructed to use as a reference for CPA firm management decision making; as well as provide CPA firms with a reference for build auditing cloud computing systems. Empirical results show that key risk factors to consider when using cloud computing in auditing are, in order of priority for improvement: Operations (D), Automating user provisioning (C), Technology Risk (B) and Protection system (A). View Full-Text
Keywords: cloud computing; auditing; software-as-a-service (SaaS); CPA firms cloud computing; auditing; software-as-a-service (SaaS); CPA firms
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Hu, K.-H.; Chen, F.-H.; We, W.-J. Exploring the Key Risk Factors for Application of Cloud Computing in Auditing. Entropy 2016, 18, 401.

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