IT and Security Audits expects good control

IT and Security Audits expects good control

Do you know how your rules are handled in practice? The uncertainty often leads to wrong investments based on subjective judgments.

In our audits, we assume your rules and guidelines, but we also check the relevance against the standards and frameworks such as ISO 27000, ITIL and Cobit. Some examples of audits that we usually do are:

  • General IT controls where we verify that a basic control exist.
  • Application audits where we verify that critical applications provide a good internal control.
  • Subject-specific audits, where we consider individual areas or events such as projects, interruption and disruption management, contract disputes, performance issues, management of outsourced operations and validation of systems to be put into operation.

The real benefits of IT and Security audits is that you get a basis for decisions to implement improvements and you create a better standby to manage unwanted incidents.

Why is IT security an ever-current issue?

Society has never been so exposed to threats to IT systems as it is now. “Information warefare” is no longer science fiction, it has resulted in targeted attacks on, among other things control systems and important social functions.

We have seen how computer viruses have escalated in scope and become so sophisticated that they change form and content to circumvent the protections used. Malfunctions and misconfigurations in servers, systems and network components have been shown to open up networks for infringement of a large number of well-known companies where company secret information, personal data and credit card numbers have been lost.

The biggest difference to the past lies in the fact that the threats have become much more planned and personal with a single purpose: MAKE MONEY.

Basically, IT security is about creating well-designed IT systems that can withstand intrusion attempts and limit the effect of incorrect configuration. It is also about creating and maintaining an IT security architecture that can safely manage mobile devices, provide support for active use of social media and manage changes in operations with reorganizations and mergers without compromising security.

When it comes to “Cloud Computing”, IT security concerns are one of the strongest inhibitory factors to dare to take the step fully, which is evident in a wide range of studies. This also applies to outsourcing and collaboration with business partners, where system outages have devastating consequences. When we look at business systems, this means that you have to take the step from the security requirements that exist on the paper to being introduced in IT systems and in business processes. It is about introducing “Identity Management” solutions to prevent outside infringement and that you do not abuse information and privileges internally. It is equally important that data is not corrupted, lost or misused, where redundant systems and secure storage are a matter of course.

In this context, it is necessary to work with measurable security that complements existing SLAs in order to have a good control of the IT environment of IT security.