Berwick Industries is a fast-growing corporation that manufactures industrial containers. The company has a sophisticated AIS that uses advanced technology. Berwick’s executives have decided to pursue listing the company’s securities on a national stock exchange, but they have been advised that their listing application would be stronger if they were to create an internal audit department.
At present, no Berwick employees have auditing experience. To staff its new internal audit function, Berwick could (a) train some of its computer specialists in auditing, (b) hire experienced auditors and train them to understand Berwick’s information system, (c) use a combination of the first two approaches, or (d) try a different approach. Which approach would you support, and why?