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When Is It Time For A Technical Audit And Review?

By Jim Reams|April 25th,2018|Client Services,Security|No comments

It Has Been A While

Yes, “a while” is vague and it is vague for a reason. If your IT infrastructure has been cruising along with little or no changes while your business continues to operate, you may only need to do a technical audit every couple of years to see if your systems are outdated. But if your IT systems are constantly being updated and changed, you should consider having an IT audit done on a more regular basis.

It Is Time For A Software Vendor Audit

computer screen full of codeThird-party software vendor audits can be a nightmare for IT professionals who aren’t prepared for them. If the vendor finds evidence of overuse, they can charge your company a lot of money that isn’t in the budget. Software vendors can be very aggressive in their auditing practices in order to get as much money out of you as possible. Get ahead of them by doing an audit before they do so you’ll know if you’ve overused their product and can take steps to prepare for their findings.

You Are Starting A New Project

If you are starting a new technology project, it is a good idea to get your IT audit team involved from the beginning. This allows your internal tech staff to view the audit team as business partners instead of interlopers who come in after the fact to point out what they did wrong. But, more importantly, it gives you an objective third party to guide the project by checking on it occasionally to catch those mistakes before they become part of the final product. It is much easier to make changes along the way than it is to make them after the fact.

Your Policies Have Become Too Complex

As your company grows it is only natural for policies and procedures to expand with greater complexity. But they sometimes get to a point where they are too complex and burdensome, and you can end up with contradictory or counterproductive rules. Additionally, exceptions can be getting out of hand. Exceptions are a natural part of defining procedures and policies, but documentation can be sketchy because exceptions are often done by individuals for unique cases. An IT audit can bring all of these policy problems to light so your team can make sense of them.

Hire A Trusted IT Auditing Firm

The most important foundation to the technical auditing process is to make sure you hire and experienced technical audit and review firm to do the work. They can become a trusted partner who can get your IT infrastructure and services on the right path to maximum productivity.

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