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IT Auditor Jobs: How to Get One

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Generally speaking, when someone mentions an auditor job, most people automatically assume that it has something to do with finances. In fact, auditing actually covers a wide variety of things other than finance. This article is about IT auditor jobs, for example, which cover the protection and control of a company's information systems.


In common parlance, an auditor is someone who works within a company to provide advice and services relating to how that company is run. This may include deciding on the most efficient and cash-effective way of running the business, as well as giving an account of all of the business’s financial dealings as part of a true and fair record. If there are discrepancies in a company’s financial statement, then an external auditor may be called in to find out what those discrepancies are and how they came about.

IT Auditor Jobs

The basic goal of IT auditing is maintaining the integrity of information and assuring that it is not accessible to any unauthorized individuals. In particular, an IT auditor would see that personal information regarding company employees is sufficiently safeguarded. An IT auditor job is both similar and dissimilar to those of auditors who perform financial audits, though an IT audit may actually be included with a financial audit when an auditing team is trying to give an account of all of a company’s assets and operations. The amount of data in today’s IT systems and the problems associated with data transfer over the Internet mean that the job of an IT auditor is quite important, for as long as companies deal with information systems and confidential data, they will need IT auditors. If you’re looking for an IT or other auditing job, then it’s worth subscribing to an online site that brings together all of the IT and other auditing jobs in one place. These will include internal auditor positions, tax auditor positions, and energy auditor jobs.

Qualifications and Qualities

If you want to be an IT auditor, then first of all you should have a sound background in the IT industry and at least some experience with information auditing. Graduate degree work may often count as part of that experience. In order to undertake an IT audit, you need to know about business processes in general and know the particular processes of whichever company you work for inside out. You also need industry qualification, in particular a qualification that is known as the “Certified Information Systems Auditor Qualification,” or CISAQ. In order to get this qualification, you will need to have taken the CISA examination, which can be quite difficult. Most companies will also expect an IT auditor to have had some experience and understanding of accounts. In addition to the above, you will have to adhere to a set of auditing standards, and you should join a local chapter of auditors.

What an IT Auditor Does

In general, IT audits focus on two main tasks. One is a straightforward monitoring and itemizing process that allows a company and its advisors to be aware of just how much IT equipment they have, how much might need replacing, and what the equipment is used for. Secondly, an IT audit focuses on data protection and the risks that the information assets of a company might face, such as, for example, industrial espionage (which happens when another company gets hold of important proprietary information, such as a new industrial process, for example).

Auditors will need to undertake a risk analysis of the company’s information systems in order to define where they might be weak or need a little more strengthening. IT auditing involves the auditor undertaking both an application and a general control review, which evaluates the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the company’s information systems.

An IT audit of a company’s information systems and applications is designed to assess whether the systems are functioning adequately enough for the needs of the company. This involves looking at the efficiency, security, and reliability of a system in order to determine whether it is operating at the optimum level. The auditing of information systems is necessary in order to discover whether the applications are properly maintained and controlled such that that they run well under normal circumstances and sufficiently in the event of any disruptions. The audits are also done to ensure that the systems and their operation are in line with company requirements and government specifications regarding data protection.

A company’s architecture and management of its IT systems is audited in order to verify the efficient organization and control of information processing. A thorough IT audit includes assessing the client or server to make sure that telecommunications, the company’s intranet, etc. are all controlled in a way that ensures the safe and secure transfer of information.

Things move very quickly in the world of information technology, and unless you keep on top of the latest innovations, you will fall behind. For that very reason, IT auditors are required to agree to continuing professional development in their area, which translates into a hundred and twenty hours of continuing education every three years. On the plus side, the rapid rate of change in IT means that IT auditors should have some sense of job security because as the information age progresses further, IT auditors will be even more in demand than they are now.
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