IT Security Audit Toolkit


IT Security Audit Forecast

Does the assessment of a risk include a perspective on your organizations future capability to recover from that risk should it materialize?

In your organization, forecasting the future is a complex and absolutely critical job. What comes next for IT Security Audit in Security / Audit / Internal / Technology / Risk / Compliance / Controls /?

Within the next quarter, driven by internal and external requirements, use the IT Security Audit Toolkit to grow maturity and adoption of the top forecasted IT Security Audit breakthrough technologies and applications.

Relevant to solving real problems and exploiting new opportunities:



  • Manage responsibilities of providing security oversight and compliance planning through the periodic review of projects and the adjustment of security postures and develop processes and procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements such as HIPAA, IRS, FDA and SSA.
  • Manage responsibilities of vulnerability management, privileged account management, end point protection, email filtering, threat prevention and detection, incident response, threat intelligence, security vendor management, and work with outside vendors on security assessments and penetration testing.
  • Manage responsibilities of leading your organizations Infrastructure and Cybersecurity efforts including the development and implementation of a risk-based Information Technology (IT) strategy and vision, policies and procedures, technology direction and infusion, network and perimeter security operations, incident response, educational outreach, technical consultation, and ongoing IT operations.


  • Ensure there is a thorough understanding of all aspects of IT audits, including significant experience evaluating the relevance of control test results or deficiencies and manage internal knowledge, insight and understanding of business concepts, tools and processes that are needed for making sound decisions in the context of the company's business.
  • Orchestrate and plan audit projects by developing risk-based scopes, methodologies, and audit programs; prepares, research and design evaluations of programs, systems, controls, policies, procedures and other functions using audit and analytical techniques; execute complex information technology tests of controls associated with applications, system operations, and supporting infrastructure; and analyze supporting evidence.
  • Provide technology and senior management with an independent assessment of whether the system of internal controls provides reasonable assurance that business objectives are achieved, resources are used economically and efficiently, governing laws and regulations, are complied with, financial and operating information is reliable and timely and corporate assets are adequately safeguarded.



  • Safeguard compliance with all relevant corporate and company-wide initiatives through applicable IT service, support and development activities, Internal Financial Reporting Controls, Business Continuity Planning, Disaster Recovery, Information Security, Operational Risk Management, Audit, Privacy, and Enterprise Technology Principals, Standards, and Policies.
  • Upgrade the Internal Audit department so that it manages responsibility of providing your organization with independent and objective assurance over the adequacy of processes and controls to manage business risk and provides control advisory services.
  • Form an independent appraisal entity that evaluates the effectiveness and adequacy of the organizations security and operational controls to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.


  • Control all operations of the Information Technology department including programming, operations, technical, desktop and mobile technical support; department standards; procedures and work flow; short- and long-term department planning, implementation of new applications and interfaces with purchased software, and upgrading of existing applications to system and vendor software.
  • Build a Knowledge Center in areas within the Information Technology general control environment such as logical access controls over applications, data, and supporting infrastructure, program change management controls, backup and recovery operations and controls, computer operations controls, data center physical security controls, and system development life cycle controls.
  • Supervise planned information technology engagements that focus on technical infrastructure, information security, disaster recovery, application controls, change management, data center security and systems development initiatives.


  • Audit IT processes for compliance with policies and procedures in order to verify computing controls are designed and operating effectively, identify key control points within a process, prepare risk assessments, develop audit programs, and test steps to evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of controls in accordance with audit objectives and develop realistic recommendations that add value to the organization.
  • Assure audit conclusions are based on a complete understanding of the process, circumstances, and risk to the organization and establish good working relationships with IT and business units at various levels to identify and understand process changes or system implementations that are relevant to areas identified in the audit plan.
  • Audit LANs, WANs, SANs, Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft Windows server and desktop operating systems, Linux operating systems, web services, databases, messaging technologies, firewalls/switches/VPN devices, Cisco routers/switches, web application firewalls, encryption at the application layer and database layer in conjunction with encryption key management pertaining to encryption.


  • Provide cross functional IT and business led IT teams the assurance that all applications and systems are built, maintained and protected in accordance with identity and access governance process, policies, standards, and compliance requirements so that the risk is managed appropriately.
  • Establish and execute strategic, comprehensive enterprise information security and compliance programs, directives and plans, to ensure that the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information is owned, controlled or processed in a manner compliant with your organizations policies and relevant regulatory authorities.
  • Verify that audits cover IT environments across Information Security, IT Risk Management, IT Compliance, Privacy and Business Continuity Management and ensure that they are maintained in compliance with IT-SOX, PCI and Data Privacy (HIPAA/GDPR and similar).


  • Make sure engagements run from start to completion, including planning, executing, and reporting on co-sourced and out-sourced IT internal audits, IT internal control reviews, IT risk management program assessments, and tests of IT controls (IT general controls, application controls, interface controls, key reports, etc.)
  • Ensure the planning, budgeting, scheduling and execution of technology related audits of your organizations business functions to assess compliance with technical accounting and financial reporting guidance, Company/functional policies and procedures, and other regulatory requirements, including PCI, cyber security and data privacy matters.
  • Provide consultative services with regard to compliance, operational efficiency, program effectiveness, application controls, data security, system development, integrity controls of data processing operations, and management of automated systems.

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

STEP 1: Get your bearings

Start with...

  • The latest quick edition of the IT Security 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 965 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 Security Audit improvements can be made.

Examples; 10 of the 965 standard requirements:

  1. Have the IT security cost for all investments/projects been integrated in to the overall cost including (certification and accreditation/re-accreditation, system security plan, risk assessment, privacy impact assessment, configuration/patch management, security control testing and evaluation, and contingency planning/testing)?

  2. As a CSP undertakes to build out or take a fresh look at its service offerings, the CSP should clearly define its business strategy and related risk management philosophy. What market segments or industries does the CSP intend to serve?

  3. Are the results of the security categorization process for the information system consistent with the organizations enterprise architecture and commitment to protecting organizational mission/business processes?

  4. When using the proposed system, are process participants able to see only what their security privileges enable them to see (participants see only what they need to perform their activities)?

  5. Has the organization established an enterprise-wide business continuity/disaster recovery program that is consistent with FISMA requirements, OMB policy, and applicable NIST guidelines?

  6. Has the organization allocated security controls as system-specific, hybrid, or common controls consistent with the enterprise architecture and information security architecture?

  7. What is the requirement for support of component-level redundancy (with hot switchover to backup in case of failure) and scalability to accommodate growing enterprise/user base?

  8. Using the Enterprise Architecture framework, you can document answers to questions such as: What levels of security do you need to enable and protect your business objectives?

  9. From the point of view of dynamics, the decision to invest depends on how many others have taken similar actions. How do you get the process of investing in security started?

  10. If integrated quality and safety management systems could become business drivers and pathways for productivity growth, is the same true for integrated security management?

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 Security Audit book in PDF containing 965 requirements, which criteria correspond to the criteria in...

Your IT Security 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 Security Audit Self-Assessment and Scorecard you will develop a clear picture of which IT Security 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 Security 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 Security Audit projects with the 62 implementation resources:

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

Examples; 10 of the check box criteria:

  1. Lessons Learned: How well were your expectations met regarding the extent of your involvement in the IT Security Audit project (effort, time commitments, etc.)?

  2. Process Improvement Plan: What Actions Are Needed to Address the Problems and Achieve the Goals?

  3. Team Operating Agreement: Do you send out the agenda and meeting materials in advance?

  4. Procurement Audit: Are there systems for recording and managing stocks (where part of contract)?

  5. Cost Estimating Worksheet: What additional IT Security Audit project(s) could be initiated as a result of this IT Security Audit project?

  6. Stakeholder Management Plan: Do all stakeholders know how to access this repository and where to find the IT Security Audit project documentation?

  7. Source Selection Criteria: What is the basis of an estimate and what assumptions were made?

  8. Human Resource Management Plan: How relevant is this attribute to this IT Security Audit project or audit?

  9. Assumption and Constraint Log: Can the requirements be traced to the appropriate components of the solution, as well as test scripts?

  10. Procurement Audit: Could bidders learn all relevant information straight from the tender documents?

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

1.0 Initiating Process Group:

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

2.0 Planning Process Group:

  • 2.1 IT Security 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 Security 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 Security 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 Security 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 Security Audit project or Phase Close-Out
  • 5.4 Lessons Learned



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

In using the Toolkit you will be better able to:

  • Diagnose IT Security 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 Security 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 Security Audit investments work better.

This IT Security 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.