An information technology audit, or information systems audit, is an examination of the management controls within an Information technology (IT) infrastructure. The evaluation of obtained evidence determines if the information systems are safeguarding assets, maintaining data integrity, and operating effectively to achieve the organisation's goals or objectives. The purposes of an IT audit are to evaluate the system's internal control design and effectiveness. This includes, but is not limited to, efficiency and security protocols, development processes, and IT governance or oversight.
The primary functions of an IT audit are to evaluate the systems that are in place to guard an organisation's information. Specifically, information technology audits are used to evaluate the organisation's ability to protect its information assets and to properly dispense information to authorised parties. The IT audit aims to evaluate the following:
- Will the organisation's computer systems be available for the business at all times when required (known as availability)?
- Will the information in the systems be disclosed only to authorised users (known as security and confidentiality)?
- Will the information provided by the system always be accurate, reliable and timely? (measures the integrity)
Every business needs to comply with a certain set of rules, such as a specification, policy, standard or law. Regulatory compliance describes the goal that organisations aspire to achieve in their efforts to ensure that they are aware of and take steps to comply with relevant laws and regulations.
Similar rules apply to the IT infrastructure used within a business. These rules can be related to the way businesses deal and manage customer data or the complex licensing structures of the software being used within the business.
Whatever IT compliance requirements your business has, Majestic can assist in ensuring that you are always on top of the requirements. Utilising the industry standard tools and best practices, technology experts at Majestic can help your organisation to review your compliance requirements, current setup and help you fill in the missing pieces. Any work related to IT audit and compliance completed by Majestic are documented using standard documentation processes.To learn more about IT system audit or compliance, call us on 1300 441 551.