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IT audit (information technology audit)

Contributor(s): Ben Cole

An IT audit is the examination and evaluation of an organization's information technology infrastructure, policies and operations.

Information technology audits determine whether IT controls protect corporate assets, ensure data integrity and are aligned with the business's overall goals. IT auditors examine not only physical security controls, but also overall business and financial controls that involve information technology systems.

Because operations at modern companies are increasingly computerized, IT audits are used to ensure information-related controls and processes are working properly. The primary objectives of an IT audit include:

  • Evaluate the systems and processes in place that secure company data.
  • Determine risks to a company's information assets, and help identify methods to minimize those risks.
  • Ensure information management processes are in compliance with IT-specific laws, policies and standards.
  • Determine inefficiencies in IT systems and associated management.

 

This was last updated in June 2014

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