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What is Covered in an IT Audit?

March 13th, 2023 | IT Audits

The purpose of an IT audit is to assess the current state of a business’s IT systems and identify areas for improvement. An audit will cover all aspects of the organization’s IT infrastructure, including hardware, software, network, and security. 

Scope of Work for IT Audit for a Small Business 

The objectives of an IT audit The objectives of an IT audit are: 

  • Assess the current state of the IT systems 
  • Identify potential security vulnerabilities and recommend remediation 
  • Evaluate the organization’s IT policies and procedures 
  • Provide recommendations for improving IT infrastructure 
  • Assess compliance with industry standards and regulations 

Ultimately, the goal of an IT audit is to help small businesses safeguard their data and IT assets, protect against cyber threats, and ensure continuity of operations. 

The scope of an IT audit includes The scope of an IT audit includes: 

  • IT hardware inventory and configuration 
  • IT software inventory and configuration 
  • Network infrastructure assessment 
  • Security controls assessment 
  • IT policies and procedures evaluation 
  • Compliance assessment with relevant standards and regulations 

Overall, the scope of an IT audit is designed to provide a comprehensive review of the company’s IT environment and identify potential areas of risk or vulnerability. 

The process of an IT audit The process of an IT audit 

  • Review of documentation, including IT policies and procedures, network diagrams, and system configurations 
  • Interviews with key personnel, including IT staff and business owners 
  • Physical inspection of IT hardware and network infrastructure 
  • Vulnerability scanning of IT systems and applications 
  • Penetration testing, or external vulnerability scanning, to identify potential security vulnerabilities 

An IT audit deliverables An IT audit typically provides these deliverables: 

  • IT audit report detailing findings and recommendations for remediation 
  • Executive summary highlighting key findings and recommendations 
  • Action plan for implementing recommended improvements 
  • a roadmap for improving IT controls and reducing risk within the organization. 

What does the timeline look like for an IT Audit? 

From start-to-finish an IT audit will take approximately 4-6 weeks to complete, depending on the complexity of the organization’s IT infrastructure. The timeline will typically be laid out and agreed upon ahead of time. 

An IT audit will provide valuable insights into the current state of the organization’s IT systems and identify areas for improvement. The recommendations provided will help the small business improve its IT infrastructure, strengthen its security posture, and achieve compliance with industry standards and regulations. Make sure you have your IT audited on a consistent basis, at least every other year, to stay on top of your technology and vulnerabilities. 

Uncover the State of your IT 

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