A step by step guide on how to become an IT Auditor
To become an IT Auditor takes a balance of highly in-demand tech and general audit skills, but the foundations of the job are eagle-eyed diligence, mixed with specialised IT security knowledge.
The development path to becoming a trained, respected and required IT auditor is a long and winding one, but with a little perseverance and guidance you can make an incredible impact on enterprises anywhere in the world.
Accurate IT auditing requires a mix of hard skills (the raw knowledge of IT networks, auditing principles, security, training, processes and protocols) – and soft skills (communication, diligence, negotiation, team management, and accurate reporting). Successful auditors understand their role is to apply this deep appreciation of IT processes, and guidance on improving and reporting on those systems, to a team to implement. In this regard, IT auditing parallels other regulatory auditing roles in other industries, especially concerning team management and stakeholder communications. Pathways into IT auditing are similar to other specialist auditing roles in skills direction and requirement.
As we discuss below, the ideal candidate for a career in IT Auditing needs experience primarily in IT security, network management and system integrity. However, with much of the world undergoing rapid digital transformation, IT auditing in state-sized important industries such as finance, healthcare, logistics and defence takes an inordinate amount of cross-collaboration with other auditing bodies to guarantee system integrity and systems improvement.
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Step 1 – Get the right base experience
Establishing a career, or moving into an IT auditing career, can happen from a variety of roles, (such as within law, finance or fintech) and education backgrounds (financial, legal, business management). Our advice is seek roles that give auditing experience, no matter the sector. Learning about auditing systems, regulations, and, critically, reporting, will stand you in good stead for moving into IT auditing specifically.
Other raw skills and experience that prepare you for the role of IT auditor are working as an IT systems administrator, DevOps or software developer.
Step 2 – Certification
To work as an IT auditor you need a certification from an auditing body such as ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association). This certification – the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) – provides the knowledge base and regulatory background to step into an IT systems or business auditing role, and is perfect for entry-level or mid-level IT or business executives.
Then, follow-on certifications such as the Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) can elevate a career in IT auditing and beyond.
Step 3 – The business of IT requires consistent learning
Never stop learning. The IT world is full of rapidly innovating products and your job is to remain cognizant of changing trends, novel changes to IT systems, and the rise of web3 and immersive tech, all whilst keeping abreast of regulations and requirements.
This is especially important when considering the effects of reporting and recommendations, especially when regarding traditional substantive testing and how they align with new tech, new internal controls and the expectations of enterprises and their users.
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