The modern business changes rapidly and requires technology platforms and solutions that evolve with it to meet these demands. Technology needs to address the challenges of a fast-paced corporate world, whilst minimising the risks that new concepts have introduced to businesses, such as BYOD and mobility.
Technology infiltrates every aspect of business. From sending an email, to conducting a video conference, to using the cloud, to business intelligence and reporting, technology fuels how business operates. Everything is digital, and everything is changing fast. Your business can’t afford to be left behind.
An IT Audit is the perfect way to ensure your business is in control of its IT.
Why should my business conduct an IT audit?
1. To ensure your IT systems are operating securely, reliably and efficiently
In a competitive market, it’s essential to know your business is running smoothly. An IT audit can identify inefficiencies or out-of-date systems, and devise solutions to enhance the effectiveness of your employees and your business.
2. To protect your data from unauthorised access, accidental loss and other risks
An IT audit will identify any risks with your IT systems. These risks may be associated with outdated systems, processes or technology. Better yet, the IT audit will help you solve these risks to keep your business, your clients and your employees safe.
3. To ensure your processes meet compliance standards and regulations
In Australia, we are governed by obligations of IT compliance. Failure to reach these compliance standards can reflect poorly on your company and severely damage your reputation with stakeholders. It can also put your business at risk of security breaches.
4. To protect your reputation and remain competitive in the marketplace
Security breaches can easily result in the exposure of sensitive customer data, causing significant damage to your reputation and a loss of business. Managing the subsequent fallout is likely to be costlier that preventing the incident in the first place. For public-facing companies, regular audits will help build confidence and boost your credibility.
5. To better allocate your IT budget and boost your bottom line
It’s easy to fall into the trap of “patch-fixing” old IT infrastructure. This can put a drain on your time and your money! Many companies have subscriptions they have forgotten about, causing their overall costs to spiral and significantly impact the IT budget.
If you’re still spending money on old technology and outdated processes, an IT audit will help you better allocate your IT budget and boost your bottom line.
Can I conduct an IT Audit myself?
You can certainly do the groundwork yourself. In fact, we recommend doing your homework before conducting an external IT Audit. . Conducting an internal IT audit with these seven simple steps is a great place to start! However, it’s considered best practice in most industries to conduct periodic external audits to evaluate your IT systems. Regular external audits are essential to ensure data integrity and to provide assurance that your IT systems are properly protected from the risk of data loss or tampering, service disruption and inefficient management. An external provider can provide an objective, 360 degree view of your IT systems and processes.
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What happens during a Bremmar IT audit?
It is essential to establish the goals and scope of the in-depth project. What each business needs from their audit will be slightly different, however there are five primary goals of an IT audit:
1. Assess the systems and procedures that safeguard your data
2. Highlight any inefficiency in those systems
3. Identify risks to your organisation’s digital assets
4. Determine methods to minimise those risks
5. Ensure processes comply with relevant standards and regulations.
IT audit models
Depending on the goals of the audit, there are three common IT audit models:
1. IT Audit and Review
This quick and effective review is typically performed in support of financial requirements.
2. Infrastructure Capacity and Roadmap Planning
A comprehensive review of your operations, typically aimed at evaluating system performance and efficiency.
3. Solutions Efficiency and Needs Analysis
An in-depth audit that assesses your business solutions and applications, helping you plan for current and future requirements.
The Role of the Auditor
Auditors are frequently viewed with hostility as there is a common misperception that their role is to uncover mistakes made by employees. In actual practice, auditors are only there to observe and identify risks with the goal of improving the operation of your business. This makes life better for employees and the business alike. The managers and staff involved in the audit should be encouraged to cooperate and view the audit in a positive light.
Why conduct an audit with Bremmar?
At Bremmar, our experienced auditors focus on providing actionable advice and guidance that is specific to your IT infrastructure and processes. Using generalist auditors for IT-specific audits usually won’t deliver comprehensive results, since generalist auditors lack contextual understanding of your IT environment.
Are you ready to take control of your IT this financial year? An audit with Bremmar can help safeguard and prepare your business. Contact us today on 1300 991 351 or email email@example.com.