Conducting an audit of information systems and cybersecurity in a company is not easy. Tight budgets, cumbersome methodology, and the sheer size of equipment and people to be audited are just a few examples of the difficulties that characterize an audit of this type. However, this procedure is essential today.
Here are good reasons why information system and cybersecurity audit is beneficial for your business.
1. To Prevent Possible Problems
Too often, companies embark on an audit process after an incident has occurred. Following a cybercrime problem, data loss, or breakdown, for example. The company didn’t invest the time and money in setting up an audit, which could have prevented these problems, and it is biting its fingers.
In order not to find yourself in this situation, it is better to be safe than sorry. Audits are part of the answers to questions and concerns you may have about information system security. Professional cybersecurity auditors can spot problems before they get too big.
2. To Improve Your Productivity
Whether you are conducting a thematic audit or a global audit, one of the challenges of this inventory is often the improvement of your productivity. By looking at the chain and structure of your IS, you will be able to precisely identify the areas for improvement and the dysfunctions that are slowing down production. The recommendations that you will then put in place will allow you to work more efficiently and to better position yourself against your competitors.
3. To Review the Security of Your Information System
More and more laws oblige companies to ensure the reliability of their IS. Many of them also engage directly with their customers and employees on data protection. Today everything is going very quickly, and the security of your IS can become obsolete at any time. An audit is a good way to verify that your systems are up to date and to identify potential security holes.
The audit process, especially in very technical areas, can be difficult to carry out alone. In this case, do not hesitate to hire a trustable cybersecurity audit firm, such as Cytelligence.
4. To Collect the Documents the Evidence
Systematically, IT auditors will ask to see your policies and operational procedures, your IT recovery plan, your contracts with suppliers, your security policy, your risk appetite, your IT strategic plan, your latest incidents, your latest migrations, etc.
Wouldn’t it be practical to locate all these documents in their latest version and make sure, by proofreading, that there will be no surprises or deviations from reality? Anticipation is the keyword in auditing.
5. To Effectively Develop a New Tool
Adding a new tool to your computer system is sometimes a long and expensive process. It would be a shame not to study the state of your IS before improving it. An audit put in place before the arrival of a new component makes it possible to identify the objectives of this addition but also to better analyze the improvements that this new element will bring. In short, analyze the before to better appreciate the after.
6. To Better Understand and Control the Management of Your Information
An information system is a complex thing. It is easy to get lost in it or more simply not to be interested in how it works. Auditing is an effective tool for understanding and better controlling your information system. And all your employees have to gain. Indeed, the audit often leads to the identification of too complex or time-consuming work methods that we will be able to simplify or make more efficient.