An IT auditor is a professional who is responsible for evaluating, analysing, and reporting on the technology infrastructure, security controls and risks that may arise within an organisation.  IT auditors not only work in sectors that rely heavily on technology to run their operations (like finance, healthcare, government), but also in organisation that does not traditionally have IT as a focus, like retail, manufacturing, and mining.

The primary task of an IT auditor is to evaluate the effectiveness of an organisation’s information systems, including hardware, software, and network infrastructure, to ensure that they are reliable, secure, and compliant with relevant regulations and standards.  This involves conducting comprehensive assessments of the organisation’s technology infrastructure, identifying potential risks and vulnerabilities, and recommending improvements to ensure that the organisation’s information systems are secure, resilient, and effective.

Another essential task of an IT auditor is to review and evaluate an organisation’s IT policies and procedures, including those related to data privacy, access control, disaster recovery, and incident response.  This involves reviewing documents, interviewing staff, and observing the organisation’s processes to identify gaps, weaknesses, and potential opportunities for improvement.  The IT auditor must also keep abreast of emerging technologies, trends, and threats to ensure that the organisation’s technology infrastructure is up-to-date and can withstand the latest risks.

IT auditors play a crucial role in identifying and preventing cyber threats and breaches, which can have significant financial and reputational implications.  They work closely with IT security teams and other stakeholders to identify security gaps, develop security policies and procedures, and implement security controls to minimise the risk of cyberattacks.

In addition to evaluating technology infrastructure and security controls, IT auditors also assess the overall effectiveness of an organisation’s IT governance processes.  This includes evaluating the IT management framework, including the IT department’s organisational structure, reporting lines, and decision-making processes.  The IT auditor may also review IT budgets, contracts, and vendor relationships to ensure that they are aligned with their strategic objectives and regulatory requirements.

The work of an IT auditor is most critical in organisations that handle sensitive information, such as financial institutions, healthcare providers, and government agencies.  They are subject to strict regulatory requirements, and the consequences of non-compliance can be severe.  IT auditors help these organisations maintain compliance by assessing their technology infrastructure, identifying risks, and recommending improvements to mitigate those risks.

In conclusion, an IT auditor is a professional who plays a critical role in ensuring the security, reliability, and compliance of an organisation’s information systems.  They perform a range of tasks, including evaluating technology infrastructure, assessing security controls, reviewing policies and procedures, and assessing IT governance processes.  The work of an IT auditor is essential in organisations that handle sensitive information and are subject to regulatory requirements.  By identifying risks and recommending improvements, IT auditors help these organisations maintain compliance and minimize the risk of cyber threats and breaches.

EGRA can provide IT audit services to organisation who cannot afford to appoint a full-time IT auditor.  We provide a flexible service where you can still receive assurance on your IT environment on a regular basis, without the need to pay a full-time employee.