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Audits: The Missing Layer in Cybersecurity
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timhollebeek
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timhollebeek,
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12/18/2018 | 10:23:57 AM
Audits
A key question for determining the usefulness of a cybersecurity audit is "audit ... against what?"  Without good security requirements, the value of an audit will be inconsistent at best, and will only find what the auditor happens to notice, instead of providing evidence that the control objectives have actually been met.
hucklesinthedark
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11/13/2018 | 5:35:01 PM
Defining the Process
Good points, but of course I'm saying that since I'm an auditor myself. I can vouch for internal audit's potential to help other departments stay on track and make the most of their own processes.

I find that internal audit is highly under-utilized. Many times because they don't have the technical skills (as you addressed), but also because the other departments haven't defined what they are even doing. I am constantly surprised by how often a process is left to evolve from nothing and with no clear purpose. Taking a step back and defining what a function's goal is, and defining how it will be measured to determine if it is doing its function well are things that will help those in operations as well as the auditors that must evaluate the process.


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