Viewpoints (Auditing crypto-assets): Relevance and reliability of information from a blockchain

Published on: Jan 31, 2020

When designing and performing audit procedures, auditors are required to consider the relevance and reliability of the information to be used as audit evidence, including information obtained from an external information source. When auditing crypto-assets, because the assets only "exist" in digital form on a blockchain, the audit procedures typically involve using information obtained from a public blockchain.

Learn about the factors an auditor may consider regarding the reliability of a blockchain itself (from which the information is obtained) and the appropriateness of technological resources, such as block explorers (used to display the information recorded on a blockchain).

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