The strength of the partnership between IT audit and the IT organization is a significant differentiator in the overall success of IT projects and IT audit effectiveness, our research shows.
Topics: IT Governance, IT Strategy, IT Risk, IT Controls
Many businesses today exchange goods, services, information and knowledge using network-enabled technologies. Within such business, the proper protection of confidential information is essential to achieve the desired benefits and mitigate the associated risks. Failure to adequately restrict access to critical business information from outsiders (intruders) may result in unauthorized knowledge and use of confidential information by inappropriate parties.
Topics: IT Audit, Governance, Risk & Compliance, IT Infrastructure, IT Security, IT Risk, Performance Management/Measurement
Data integrity is the assurance that information can only be accessed or modified by those authorized to access the system. Measures taken to ensure integrity include controlling the physical environment of networked terminals and servers, restricting access to data, and maintaining rigorous authentication practices. Data integrity can also be threatened by environmental hazards, such as heat, dust and electrical surges.
Topics: IT Audit, IT Infrastructure, Cloud Computing, IT Risk, IT Controls, Data Security, Data Analytics, Performance Management/Measurement, Customer Satisfaction
Cybercrime is now considered a top risk to most enterprises. Many organizations seek to build security by adding tools and processes on top of their established operations. It’s important for these organizations to take different approaches and see what results in greater momentum and more effective investment.
Topics: Cybersecurity, IT Risk
Are You Familiar With Robotic Process Automation?
Robotic process automation (RPA) has been gaining traction as an efficient way to automate labor-intensive and repetitive tasks across a variety of business functions, including finance, accounting, technology, legal, HR, and, increasingly, audit and compliance.
Topics: IT Governance, IT Infrastructure, IT Strategy, IT Risk, Energy & Utilities Industry, Performance Management/Measurement, Robotic Process Automation
Technology has greatly expanded the methods of creating, editing, maintaining, transmitting and retrieving records. From creation to disposition, records in electronic recordkeeping systems may now utilize a variety of media. An example of an electronic recordkeeping system is one in which a personal computer generates the original records, which are subsequently stored on a secondary electronic resource. While paper copies of the electronic records may be printed for distribution, the original records are transferred electronically.
Topics: Fraud, Risk Assessment, IT Risk, Strategic Risk, Document Retention, Performance Management/Measurement
Performance is defined as the throughput of business transactions compared to user needs, expectations or requirements. IT performance risk is the risk that a company’s IT infrastructure will be unable to perform at required levels due to inferior internal operating practices, technology and/or external relationships that threaten the demand for the organization's products or services.
Topics: IT Audit, IT Infrastructure, IT Risk, Change Management, Performance Management/Measurement
What is design risk? To “design” is to create, fashion, execute or construct according to plan. The term design as used here refers to the entire scope of a project. A business system design is a collection of design documents and supporting materials which define the system functionality that supports one or more business processes and in the process, creates, retrieves, updates and deletes data.
Topics: IT Audit, IT Governance, IT Infrastructure, IT Strategy, IT Risk, IT Controls, Performance Management/Measurement
What is Transaction Authenticity?
Transaction authenticity can be defined as the authentication of a party’s (individual, organization) identity, to ensure that pending transactions and contractual agreements are legal and enforceable.
Topics: IT Audit, IT Infrastructure, Cloud Computing, IT Risk, IT Controls, Performance Management/Measurement
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