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Monday, February 26, 2007

An Outline of IT Audits: The Three Main Parts, Features and Benefits

There are three parts to IT audits: actual features; a written and detailed report; a set of vendor-neutral recommendations. You need to explain the three parts of IT audits carefully by focusing on benefits in order to sell them to clients.

IT Audits: Features of Your Audit

You need to complete the following steps as features of your IT audits:

1. Review the current network

2. Look at the configurations of PCs;

3. Look at the telco circuts;

4. Analyze and critique IT policies of the client;

5. Examine data security and data protection measures that are currently used;

6. Explain data loss risks to clients.

Change these features of IT audits into benefits such as the ability to understand what is already owned, awareness of the limitations of the items owned, a knowledge of weaknesses of systems and what could be done to get the most out of current systems and processes.

IT Audits: Written, Detailed Reports

Provide clients with a written report that includes a detailed and up-to-date assessment of inventory. This report give clients the following benefits: complete documentation for insurance; better ability to make good decisions about future purchases.

IT Audits: Provide a Set of Recommendations

As part of IT audits, you need to give clients a vendor-neutral series of recommendations named in order of possible risk and importance. The benefit of these recommendations to clients is that it protects them from being swayed to purchase products from non-technical sales representatives. This part of IT audits also helps clients understand their current IT investments and what they will need in the future.

IT Audits: The Three Parts, Features and Benefits

If you present the parts of IT audits to clients in a way that stresses features and benefits you will make the important point to them that IT audits are necessary and help them understand the reasons why they can help the future of a business.

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