How to build the best IT auditor CV
The importance of an IT Auditor in our digitally-reliant present cannot be overstated. As vulnerabilities rise in the wake of rapid digitisation, the expansion of edge-computing in the IoT, and the centrality of digital operations, IT Auditors are the front line and the operational lead of digital internal controls and security management.
IT Auditors are also integral to establishing enterprise-wise IT literacy and establishing board-level understanding of IT integrity, funding and support. Clearly, therefore IT Auditors have to make the most concise representation of their multifaceted role on their CV.
As their role often subsumes that of operational leader; training and L&D leader; compliance; board-level leadership and network security lead, an IT Auditor’s CV can quickly become a miscellany of skills, experiences and examples.
Our advice therefore is to focus on the essential tenets of the role: how you assess a company’s technological infrastructure; how you ensure processes and systems run accurately and efficiently; and how you secure and meet compliance regulations.
Other areas to focus on
There are two primary certifications that are considered high value for IT auditors:
- Certified Information Systems Auditor – a globally recognised certificate of note for experienced IS and IT auditors, or candidates with strong IT security knowledge. Offered by ISACA.
- Certified Information Security Manager – a certification based on design, implementation and integration of IS systems, ideal for professionals with experience in IS design and security management. Offered by ISACA.
While these certifications are not absolutely essential, it’s wise to seek out official certification of your role. If you have developed into the role without certifications, highlight the below skills and experience.
A history of testing and compliance
Alongside rapid and accurate reporting and communication of issues within IT systems, IT auditors are expected to have a solid understanding of stress testing IT systems (and establishing robust internal controls) and compliance, especially in the fields of systems and application testing; information processing; systems development; IT architecture, and server controls. Find some way therefore of including as much of the above as is possible in an IT Audit CV.
Integrity vs Security
The role of an IT auditor means focusing both on internal IT controls, and the integrity of systems from external wrongdoing. This requires auditors with experience in technical innovation processes and competitor comparisons, alongside strong experience in cybersecurity, L&D, and systems vulnerabilities.
The importance of communicating data
Whilst data analysis will sit at the heart of any role within IT controls, security and support, there is a high value for IT auditors with clear and concise communication skills.
Non-IT stakeholders still need to be made aware of audit outcomes, and they will often have to be delivered in (sometimes) simplified yet direct terms. The easiest and clearest way of including this on your CV is by highlighting examples of multi-departmental learning, or how you specifically and uniquely put together company-wide audit reports.
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