IT Governance, Risk, and Compliance:

October, 2011

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October 28, 2011  8:30 PM

Auditing Information Assets Protection – Part III

Robert Davis Robert Davis Profile: Robert Davis

Usually, auditors with an ‘administrative control’ abstraction level agree that such controls might be examined for the purpose of recommending managerial improvements. However, they do not consider IT security auditable...

October 25, 2011  7:58 PM

Auditing Information Assets Protection – Part II

Robert Davis Robert Davis Profile: Robert Davis

Retrospectively, information security audits are a routine matter for internal auditors, but sometimes a controversial issue among external auditors. The controversy centers on the extent that IT...


October 21, 2011  8:29 PM

Auditing Information Assets Protection – Part I

Robert Davis Robert Davis Profile: Robert Davis

Failure of an entity to take proper safeguarding precautions can lead to major operational problems and substantial asset loss. Incidents recorded throughout the world continuously reiterate that entities should not ignore information assets protection (IAP) risks and the need for processes to


October 18, 2011  8:16 PM

Auditing Information Security Governance – Part VIII

Robert Davis Robert Davis Profile: Robert Davis

Evaluating IT solutions with the adequate level of IT security controls over IT resources requires a detailed principles and practices understanding. Regarding audit staffing, potential ISG engagement members should have the appropriate seniority and proficiency. Generally, when...


October 14, 2011  8:48 PM

Auditing Information Security Governance – Part VII

Robert Davis Robert Davis Profile: Robert Davis

An IT auditor should include in the audit ambit relevant processes for planning, organizing, and monitoring information security activities. Furthermore, the audit ambit should include control systems for the use and protection of the full range...


October 11, 2011  7:51 PM

Auditing Information Security Governance – Part VI

Robert Davis Robert Davis Profile: Robert Davis

Primary drivers for ISG assurance planning is the verification of governance existence, adequacy, and risk management. However, as with standard IT audits, a general control environment, information systems, and control procedures understanding should be obtained during engagement planning to...


October 7, 2011  8:59 PM

Auditing Information Security Governance – Part V

Robert Davis Robert Davis Profile: Robert Davis

ISG audits normally have an organizational focus. ‘Organizational-based’ ISG audits and reviews examine deployed frameworks, managerial issues, and departmental activities. However, if during organizational-based planning the IT auditor discovers a governance framework is not deployed, the...


October 4, 2011  8:14 PM

Auditing Information Security Governance – Part IV

Robert Davis Robert Davis Profile: Robert Davis

To prevent expectation misinterpretation, the ISG engagement ‘terms of reference’ should minimally address engagement ambit, reporting lines, and IT audit authority. Specifically, ISG functional areas and issues definitions,...


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