Harnessing the Power of IoT: IAASB’s Exciting Dive into Digital Technologies


  • Unmasking IoT: IAASB Uncovers the Future of Business Processes
  • Bridging Worlds: How IoT Redefines Physical and Digital Interaction
  • IAASB on the Upside and Downside of IoT
  • IAASB: IoT’s Impact on Sustainability Reporting and What That Means for You

The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) has recently unveiled the eighth edition of its market scan reports. This initiative, led by IAASB’s team, probes into the intriguing world of emerging trends, startup innovation, corporate developments, and substantial investments that could shape the future of IAASB.

The spotlight of this edition is the Internet of Things (IoT), specifically delving into Networks for Asset Monitoring and Data Generation. The IAASB underlines how this advanced technology enables real-time tracking, managing, and monitoring of business processes and assets. Furthermore, it explores how IoT may contribute to an entity’s internal control system and provide crucial data for non-financial reports, such as emissions monitoring.

IAASB gives a comprehensive introduction to IoT, elucidating that it’s a system of interconnected computing devices with unique identifiers. These devices transfer data over a network without the need for human interaction. IAASB provides examples ranging from everyday consumer items, like Apple Watches and Ring Doorbells, to industrial applications such as medical monitoring tools and control sensors utilized in transportation, manufacturing, and agriculture.

 IAASB Audit & Assurance Technology Landscape, September 2022
       IAASB Audit & Assurance Technology Landscape, September 2022

IAASB also delves into the concept of a ‘Digital Twin’ – a digital replica of a physical entity like a process, device, system, or person. When combined with AI and machine learning, Digital Twin technology can drive business and operational efficiencies.

According to the IAASB report, the commercial benefits of deploying IoT technology are multifaceted:

  • Unearthing previously inaccessible data for comprehensive analysis.
  • Facilitating remote asset management, like location tracking.
  • Minimizing production inefficiencies through comprehensive inventory and production flow monitoring.
  • Enhancing asset utilization through predictive maintenance.
  • Bolstering health and safety regulations through consistent monitoring.

However, the IAASB also brings attention to the challenges of IoT, such as managing the burgeoning network of devices and ensuring data quality and governance. The report discusses how the increasing complexity of IoT systems has stimulated innovations in IoT system management to mitigate these issues.

IAASB further highlights notable recent developments in the IoT realm:

  1. The selection of ASCON’s algorithm by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for lightweight cryptography to secure small IoT devices.
  2. The considerable funding received by startups like Sustain.Life, Memfault, and Forward Networks Inc, to develop their IoT-related platforms and technologies.

The IAASB report concludes with an analysis of what these developments might mean for their operations. The complexities and risks posed by the increasing sophistication of IoT technology could influence IAASB’s future standard setting and guidance development. Furthermore, as entities begin using smart sensors for sustainability reporting, assurance providers may need to devise new strategies to evaluate such data’s relevance and reliability.

The IAASB, while developing a global standard for assurance on sustainability reporting, acknowledges the necessity of additional standards as part of a suite of sustainability assurance standards. The implications of advanced technologies such as IoT may provide fertile grounds for future topics for standard-setting activities.