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3 Steps to an Effective Continuous IT Audit Process

The technology landscape is constantly changing and so too are the nature of threats to it, so it’s important to conduct regular IT audits. Take a look at our checklist to ensure you are getting the maximum return on your technology investment.

Step 1: Pre-Audit

Understand your reasons for conducting an IT audit. It may simply be as a way of evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of your company’s communications network. If you’re introducing new components to improve the network, they likely carry inherent risks that may be significant depending on the entire communications infrastructure. For this reason, taking the time to do an IT audit can help to determine any possible issues, safety risks, or even productivity leaks, so you can fix these issues before they result in your business recording significant losses. Most companies audit their IT infrastructure annually, or at the very least whenever a new system is installed, to ensure total communication efficiencies.

IT audits can be done internally, or you can bring in external auditors to perform assessments. At Vita Enterprise Solutions, we have the expertise to perform IT audits and technology roadmaps. The scope of the audit will differ depending on its goals.

In order to best prepare your company for an IT audit, consider:

  • Assessing the credentials and experience of the assigned audit team
  • Providing orientation for the team to be comfortable within the environment
  • Reviewing any prior IT audits for issues raised, recommendations made, and what changes were implemented.

Step 2: IT Audit Checklist

To get the most out of your communications system, your IT audit should:

  • Examine and catalogue the system’s past ‘communications threat’ history and anticipate future risks, e.g. frequency of system outages
  • Catalogue and update the list of hardware and software components for accounting purposes and equipment lifecycle planning
  • Identify any further opportunities to improve communications channel efficiency
  • Look for causes of frequent problems and productivity drains, e.g. slow servers
  • Evaluate and compare new system performance with old communications system activity to monitor improvements
  • Ensure that the IT infrastructure is configured correctly to hardware and software specifications
  • Ensure backup systems are sufficient, monitored and tested
  • Ensure security measures are working
  • Check that all software licensing is correct and up to date to prevent software malfunction or piracy issues
  • Develop a security threat response plan
  • Report on recommended actions to fix any issues

Step 3: Post-Audit

Now that the IT audit is done, the most important thing is to ensure that you follow up on the insights determined from it. Pull together the relevant people within your business and discuss the report. If there’s anything you disagree on within the audit, write down your reasons. Remember, the auditor has supporting evidence for their reports, and this exists in their working papers. For those areas you agree, indicate what corrective actions your team plans to take. Have the team provide a status report to you on a quarterly or half-year cycle to ensure the changes are being made. By ensuring that your company’s system is maintained and properly managed, you can leverage the benefits of IT to gain critical efficiencies to help you meet your business goals.

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