IT Audit Toolkit: best-practice templates, step-by-step work plans and maturity diagnostics

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"I read a lot. I am an IT Audit Senior Staff member, and am responsible for IT Risk Consulting, IT Risk Assessments and IT Internal Audits, and I assist our Auditors and Audit Managers in execution of audit assignments and review activities. I support client engagements by helping plan the audit approach and scope, preparing the audit program, determining auditing procedures,  and seeing the audit process through. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Information Security and Audit. Because that’s normally the case around here, I try jumping into our organizations strategic direction conversation a few times - with a success rate that's varied. It's often about we’re going to figure out what we did wrong and how we’re going to fix it."

Save time, empower your teams and effectively upgrade your processes with access to this practical IT Audit Toolkit and guide. Address common challenges with best-practice templates, step-by-step work plans and maturity diagnostics for any IT Audit related project.

Download the Toolkit and in Three Steps you will be guided from idea to implementation results.

The Toolkit contains the following practical and powerful enablers with new and updated IT Audit specific requirements:


STEP 1: Get your bearings

Start with...

  • The latest quick edition of the IT Audit Self Assessment book in PDF containing 49 requirements to perform a quickscan, get an overview and share with stakeholders.

Organized in a data driven improvement cycle RDMAICS (Recognize, Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control and Sustain), check the…

  • Example pre-filled Self-Assessment Excel Dashboard to get familiar with results generation

Then find your goals...


STEP 2: Set concrete goals, tasks, dates and numbers you can track

Featuring 991 new and updated case-based questions, organized into seven core areas of process design, this Self-Assessment will help you identify areas in which IT Audit improvements can be made.

Examples; 10 of the 991 standard requirements:

  1. Does the information security function actively engage with other critical functions, such as it, Human Resources, legal, and the privacy officer, to develop and enforce compliance with information security and privacy policies and practices?

  2. Does your organization constantly monitor in real time your networks, systems and applications for unauthorized access or anomalous behavior such as viruses, malicious code insertion, or break-in attempts?

  3. Do you have KPIs that are oriented toward general performance capabilities measure processes rather than discrete project initiatives? Do they answer questions such as: how well are you doing financially?

  4. Do you regularly determine how the information flows and maps to the business process for the mainframe, network, and telecommunications environments. Has any of this changed from the last examination?

  5. Has management established and documented a business continuity plan to ensure that all systems, (including essential non-systems) and related business processes can be recovered in a timely manner?

  6. Do you review and assess the degree of reliance on service providers for information processing and technology support including security management. How effective have the service providers been?

  7. Has your organization instituted processes and procedures for involving the security personnel in evaluating and addressing any security impacts before the purchase or introduction of new systems?

  8. Do all of your organizations systems and applications support and enforce automatic password change management or automatic expiration of passwords, as well as password complexity and reuse rules?

  9. Do you evaluate the organizations analyses of trends in the risks to the organization. How effective is the organizations process for identifying and assessing the effects of trends in the risks?

  10. Do you evaluate the outsourcing requirements definition process. Does the organization develop requirements to allow for subsequent use in request for proposals RFPs, contracts, and monitoring?


Complete the self assessment, on your own or with a team in a workshop setting. Use the workbook together with the self assessment requirements spreadsheet:

  • The workbook is the latest in-depth complete edition of the IT Audit book in PDF containing 991 requirements, which criteria correspond to the criteria in...

Your IT Audit self-assessment dashboard which gives you your dynamically prioritized projects-ready tool and shows your organization exactly what to do next:

  • The Self-Assessment Excel Dashboard; with the IT Audit Self-Assessment and Scorecard you will develop a clear picture of which IT Audit areas need attention, which requirements you should focus on and who will be responsible for them:

    • Shows your organization instant insight in areas for improvement: Auto generates reports, radar chart for maturity assessment, insights per process and participant and bespoke, ready to use, RACI Matrix
    • Gives you a professional Dashboard to guide and perform a thorough IT Audit Self-Assessment
    • Is secure: Ensures offline data protection of your Self-Assessment results
    • Dynamically prioritized projects-ready RACI Matrix shows your organization exactly what to do next:

 

STEP 3: Implement, Track, follow up and revise strategy

The outcomes of STEP 2, the self assessment, are the inputs for STEP 3; Start and manage IT Audit projects with the 62 implementation resources:

  • 62 step-by-step IT Audit Project Management Form Templates covering over 1500 IT Audit project requirements and success criteria:

Examples; 10 of the check box criteria:

  1. Procurement Management Plan: Were IT Audit project team members involved in detailed estimating and scheduling?

  2. Procurement Management Plan: How will you coordinate Procurement with aspects of the IT Audit project?

  3. Responsibility Assignment Matrix: Are indirect costs charged to the appropriate indirect pools and incurring organization?

  4. Milestone List: How difficult will it be to do specific activities on this IT Audit project?

  5. Probability and Impact Matrix: How do you analyze the risks in the different types of IT Audit projects?

  6. Monitoring and Controlling Process Group: Have operating capacities been created and/or reinforced in partners?

  7. Activity Cost Estimates: Performance bond should always provide what part of the contract value?

  8. Change Request: Are there requirements attributes that can discriminate between high and low reliability?

  9. Activity Duration Estimates: How have experts such as Deming, Juran, Crosby, and Taguchi affected the quality movement and todays use of Six Sigma?

  10. Project or Phase Close-Out: Is the lesson based on actual IT Audit project experience rather than on independent research?

 
Step-by-step and complete IT Audit Project Management Forms and Templates including check box criteria and templates.

1.0 Initiating Process Group:

  • 1.1 IT Audit project Charter
  • 1.2 Stakeholder Register
  • 1.3 Stakeholder Analysis Matrix


2.0 Planning Process Group:

  • 2.1 IT Audit project Management Plan
  • 2.2 Scope Management Plan
  • 2.3 Requirements Management Plan
  • 2.4 Requirements Documentation
  • 2.5 Requirements Traceability Matrix
  • 2.6 IT Audit project Scope Statement
  • 2.7 Assumption and Constraint Log
  • 2.8 Work Breakdown Structure
  • 2.9 WBS Dictionary
  • 2.10 Schedule Management Plan
  • 2.11 Activity List
  • 2.12 Activity Attributes
  • 2.13 Milestone List
  • 2.14 Network Diagram
  • 2.15 Activity Resource Requirements
  • 2.16 Resource Breakdown Structure
  • 2.17 Activity Duration Estimates
  • 2.18 Duration Estimating Worksheet
  • 2.19 IT Audit project Schedule
  • 2.20 Cost Management Plan
  • 2.21 Activity Cost Estimates
  • 2.22 Cost Estimating Worksheet
  • 2.23 Cost Baseline
  • 2.24 Quality Management Plan
  • 2.25 Quality Metrics
  • 2.26 Process Improvement Plan
  • 2.27 Responsibility Assignment Matrix
  • 2.28 Roles and Responsibilities
  • 2.29 Human Resource Management Plan
  • 2.30 Communications Management Plan
  • 2.31 Risk Management Plan
  • 2.32 Risk Register
  • 2.33 Probability and Impact Assessment
  • 2.34 Probability and Impact Matrix
  • 2.35 Risk Data Sheet
  • 2.36 Procurement Management Plan
  • 2.37 Source Selection Criteria
  • 2.38 Stakeholder Management Plan
  • 2.39 Change Management Plan


3.0 Executing Process Group:

  • 3.1 Team Member Status Report
  • 3.2 Change Request
  • 3.3 Change Log
  • 3.4 Decision Log
  • 3.5 Quality Audit
  • 3.6 Team Directory
  • 3.7 Team Operating Agreement
  • 3.8 Team Performance Assessment
  • 3.9 Team Member Performance Assessment
  • 3.10 Issue Log


4.0 Monitoring and Controlling Process Group:

  • 4.1 IT Audit project Performance Report
  • 4.2 Variance Analysis
  • 4.3 Earned Value Status
  • 4.4 Risk Audit
  • 4.5 Contractor Status Report
  • 4.6 Formal Acceptance


5.0 Closing Process Group:

  • 5.1 Procurement Audit
  • 5.2 Contract Close-Out
  • 5.3 IT Audit project or Phase Close-Out
  • 5.4 Lessons Learned

 

Results

With this Three Step process you will have all the tools you need for any IT Audit project with this in-depth IT Audit Toolkit.

In using the Toolkit you will be better able to:

  • Diagnose IT Audit projects, initiatives, organizations, businesses and processes using accepted diagnostic standards and practices
  • Implement evidence-based best practice strategies aligned with overall goals
  • Integrate recent advances in IT Audit and put process design strategies into practice according to best practice guidelines

Defining, designing, creating, and implementing a process to solve a business challenge or meet a business objective is the most valuable role; In EVERY company, organization and department.

Unless you are talking a one-time, single-use project within a business, there should be a process. Whether that process is managed and implemented by humans, AI, or a combination of the two, it needs to be designed by someone with a complex enough perspective to ask the right questions. Someone capable of asking the right questions and step back and say, 'What are we really trying to accomplish here? And is there a different way to look at it?'

This Toolkit empowers people to do just that - whether their title is entrepreneur, manager, consultant, (Vice-)President, CxO etc... - they are the people who rule the future. They are the person who asks the right questions to make IT Audit investments work better.

This IT Audit All-Inclusive Toolkit enables You to be that person.

 

Includes lifetime updates

Every self assessment comes with Lifetime Updates and Lifetime Free Updated Books. Lifetime Updates is an industry-first feature which allows you to receive verified self assessment updates, ensuring you always have the most accurate information at your fingertips.

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