When was your last IT Audit?

As more and more businesses have entered the digital world this year, it’s become an essential to conduct IT audits. IT audits help make sure everything is operating smoothly, and identify any issues you may not have been aware of.

An IT audit is an evaluation of an organisations IT infrastructure, policies and operations[1]. This includes an organisations hardware, software and other service components that support the IT system[2].

These audits are quite important. Results from these can determine how your IT controls protect corporate assets and protect your data. The IT auditor can also identify any security and risk management issues from the audit[3].

How frequently you do a routine audit is up to you. You can do it monthly, quarterly or yearly. It’s recommended that you do an IT audit at least twice a year[4]. Other situations recommended to complete an IT audit are listed below[5]:

  • After a security incident or breach
  • After a system upgrade or new installation
  • After changes in compliance laws
  • When your business grows by more than five users
  • When you’ve had a business merger
  • When you’ve had a digital transformation (such as new website)
  • When you’ve implemented a new system

 

Here at IP Partners we can conduct an audit for you. We examine the physical security controls and also the overall business and financial controls that involve the IT systems. Audits can have a broad scope, or can be more specific such as assessing readiness for BYOD solution. Our typical system audit includes:

  • Servers
  • Network
  • Power and Surge Protection (UPS)
  • Backups
  • PCs and Laptops

 

Audits enable us to get a true picture of your infrastructure, and to provide you with the most effective solution that addresses your requirements. What we review is listed below:

  • Robustness of infrastructure, fit for use and perceived performance
  • Security of networks and systems, including a review of policy
  • Scalability and planned performance improvements for future needs
  • Identification of possible operational and design risks

At the end of the audit, you will receive a document with recommendations and prioritised remediation actions, which can also be used as a guide for long-term planning for your organisation.

If your organisation hasn’t had an IT audit completed this year, contact our friendly team today and let us help you with your audit.

 

[1] White, S 2019, What is an IT Auditor? A Vital Role for Risk Assessment, CIO Australia, viewed 22 September 2020,<https://www.cio.com/article/3346029/it-auditor-role-defined.html>.

[2] Gartner 2020, Definition of IT Infrastructure, Gartner, viewed 22 September 2020,<https://www.gartner.com/en/information-technology/glossary/it-infrastructure>.

[3] White, S 2019, What is an IT Auditor? A Vital Role for Risk Assessment, CIO Australia, viewed 22 September 2020,<https://www.cio.com/article/3346029/it-auditor-role-defined.html>.

[4] Comtact 2018, How Often Should You Audit Your Cyber Security & Who Should Do It?, Comtact, viewed 22 September 2020, <https://www.comtact.co.uk/blog/how-often-should-you-audit-your-cyber-security-and-who-should-do-it/>.

[5] Comtact 2018, How Often Should You Audit Your Cyber Security & Who Should Do It?, Comtact, viewed 22 September 2020, <https://www.comtact.co.uk/blog/how-often-should-you-audit-your-cyber-security-and-who-should-do-it/>.

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