For any organization to survive in the cut throat competition with other businesses, need to invest in what is called “Information Technology” to ensures data availability, integrity, and confidentiality. However, with the increase of internal and external threats, the IT system of a business could be exposed to potential risks. This is one of the main reasons why people invest in IT auditing services.
Performing an IT audit is essential to maintain a stable, efficient and successful IT infrastructure for any business. Your IT systems are in place to power your business and to set your company up for success. IT audit gives any business an in-depth analysis of their IT environment and it will give insight into what may need to be improved upon within the IT infrastructure. Business owners that have an efficient IT system in place knows that it is set-up to deliver greater productivity, minimize downtime and will help reduce costs.
There are mainly three types of IT audits:
- Performance (or value-for-money),
- Compliance to applicable, standards, laws, and policies,
- Financial statements audits.
The objective of these audits is to find out if there are any inefficiencies and inaccuracies in the management and in the use of a business’ IT system.
IT Infrastructure Audit objectives are:
- Continuity (consistent system reliability & availability – backup & ability to recover)
- Management & maintenance (additions, change procedure, upgrade & documentation)
- Security (appropriate physical & logical access)
- Provide reasonable assurance that control objectives are being met
- Substantiate risks due to control weaknesses
- Advise required corrective measures
The Benefits of IT Auditing:
- Reduces Risks Related to IT
- Improves Security of Data
- Determine controls in the IT Infrastructure
- Understand & evaluate each control
- Enhances IT Governance
- Reduce IT costs by allowing you to plan your IT spend.
- Ensure software compliance giving you peace of mind in what you have and what you use.
- Alignment of IT and business goals especially you are growing and expanding.
- Validate server configuration for efficiency & security
- Gather complete hardware asset list & determine risks
- Check hardware specific productivity drains
- Ensure backup systems are adequate & monitored regularly
- Identify cause for frequent problems
- Assess controls to reduce / mitigate risks
- Assess compliance
When should you get an IT Audit?
- Your company is growing and adding on new employees.
- You are looking at changing and/or upgrading some of your core systems.
- It’s been more than 2-3 years since your last audit.
- You have concerns about your current IT Service Provider.
Don’t let outdated, inefficient, or vulnerable IT systems hold your company back. Put your company on the path to success, protect your valuable business data, and power your staff with a great user experience with an IT audit.