Pandemic Assessment Toolkit: Charting the Path to Pandemic Recovery

Anand Bhakta
Anand Bhakta AuditBoard

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Anand Bhakta is the Sr. Director of Risk Solutions at AuditBoard, a cloud-based software platform to help streamline and automate internal audit and compliance activities and a Principal at SAS, a boutique firm focused on Information Technology (IT) Controls and advisory services. He has over fifteen years of IT audit and consulting experience. Anand specializes in risks and controls related to the implementation of ERP systems, and he has helped various multinational companies evaluate and/or implement application controls in ERP systems including Oracle Financials, SAP, and PeopleSoft. Anand is recognized for his ability to develop and implement auditing and data analysis tools. Additionally, he has assisted clients comply with Sarbanes-Oxley from both an advisory and attestation perspective. Anand graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with a degree in Accounting and Information Systems. Previously, Anand was an executive at Ernst & Young LLP in the Technology and Security Risk Services (TSRS). In his role at Ernst & Young LLP, he designed and developed procedures and tools to help clients perform continuous monitoring, as well as evaluate Segregation of Duties controls. Anand is an experienced trainer and has designed and conducted multiple technical training sessions including Oracle application controls, data analysis, Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance, and IT general controls.


One question that is top of mind for most audit, risk, and compliance leaders managing the business impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is: How do we chart a path to the “new normal” once the crisis has passed? Audit Departments have to be nimble and support organizations to successfully identify current and future challenges and implement effective mitigation plans. These audit departments and organizations will experience the quickest path to recovery once the crisis begins to dissipate. Now is the time for audit, risk, and compliance functions to lead the way in shaping a plan for successful recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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