Audits typically produce much anxiety and dread, but IT audits can be even more nerve-racking. Why?
For one, personnel who most likely are already stretched too thin may be asked to work overtime to satisfy audit requests that seem to come out of the blue.
IT can plan and be better prepared for future audits by analyzing and understanding what information auditors may seek. A good audit preparation plan is updated continuously and can make an audit a nonevent (perhaps even an enjoyable one), versus one that puts IT staff members through the wringer.
Audits are a fact of life for IT organizations. Burying your head in the sand in the hope that auditors can’t or won’t see all of the facts is not an effective strategy for audit preparation. The best way to prepare is to figure out in advance just what information auditors will be looking for, and have that information readily available to present, if or when they ask.