This year, the first seminar of Bank of Italy's annual programme of technical cooperation with central banks of emerging countries was devoted to IT auditing in central banks.
The seminar aimed at sharing experience in this field, highlighting the integration between administrative and IT controls. Newly arising IT risks and the relevant audit approaches were discussed.
Topics included identification and classification of IT risks, audit coverage of IT applications, infrastructures and processes and new trends in Information Technology. Particular attention was devoted to the analysis of practical experiences. In this regard, the participants visited the Bank of Italy's IT Data Centre and the Service Desk of Target 2, the payment system platform of the Eurosystem. To stimulate discussion, case studies were proposed to seminar participants.
Presentations were given by Bank of Italy's experts; furthermore, two guests were also invited to present their countries' experiences, in order to foster the exchange of views on various national perspectives.