An Explanation Of What An IT Audit Is
Primarily employed by banks and credit unions when it comes to establishing their compliance with the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, (GLBA), or the National Credit Union Administration, (NCUA), requirements, IT Audits generally consist of a multi-point examination of IT controls in areas such as the following:
- Applications and Systems
- Systems Development
- Information Processing Capabilities
- Management of IT and Enterprise Architecture
- Telecommunications and Networks
Due to their nature, these tests are often highly prone to customization. If you are in need of an IT Audit, we here at Ezentria would like to suggest that you spend a few moments talking to your Certified Information Privacy Professional in order to establish the exact parameters needed for a proper and thorough IT Audit of your company’s systems and processes.
The Many Benefits Of An IT Audit
The benefits of having an IT Audit performed against your company’s systems and procedures are similar to those attained through the performance of a Network Security Assessment. The multifaceted and extremely thorough nature of this assessment is one of its greatest values. Not only will you be made aware of any ways or means in which your established expectations of information security safeguards are not being met, we will also be able to advise you of any new methods or procedures which might be added to your existing set-up in order to raise the standard your company sets for information security and consumer confidence to the highest level.
If you are unsure about whether or not your company needs an IT Audit, the first thing to do is to determine if one is required on account of regulatory compliance. If your company is not a bank or a credit union, then the odds are that an IT Audit is not required for you to achieve regulatory compliance. However, it can still not be understated that an IT Audit is certainly a good idea, and should be considered good business practice for those seeking the highest level of information security.
Remember, when your company is involved in an industry where regulations do not require a full IT Audit, it is recommended that a minimum of a Network Security Assessment be performed in order to verify how securely your IT network was set up.