What Auditors Want: Development Stories From An IT Auditor

Advanced Programming Specialist Group event

Date/Time:
Thursday 14th February 2008, 6.00pm

Venue:
The Davidson Building,5 Southampton Street, London WC2 7HA. Nearest Underground stations Covent Garden, Charing Cross.

Speaker:
John Mitchell Ph.D. CITP. FBCS
Managing Director, LHS Business Control
Editor BCS IRMA Journal

Summary:
The main role of the IT auditor is to provide assurance to senior management that the company's IT assets are well controlled and are delivering value for money. A secondary role is to provide advice on control issues during the development of new business solutions. As IT is so complex a typical IT auditor will usually be an ex-IT professional with an associated audit qualification.

Because quality software is so essential to the delivery of the IT service and the availability and functionality of the service is so important to the end-user, the IT auditor will carefully examine whether the proposed solution is aligned with the requirements specification and design requirements. The auditor will also be interested in the ongoing maintainability of the system once it enters production.

Another area that the auditor will focus on is how well the data quality rules have been implemented, This is because the main rationale behind most software is the manipulation of data to produce accurate information for decision making. This is as true for the guidance of a missile as it is for making financial investment decisions. The testing of the solution before it enters production is key stage of the development process and the auditor will seek evidence that all aspects of the solution have been adequately tested.

This session will provide examples of what auditors are looking for in order to provide assurance to management that the delivered solution will meet the business requirement. The concept of "co-active" auditing will be proposed and how it can benefit the development and maintenance professionals, the auditor and senior management. People of a nervous disposition should not attend!

Admission:
Free, but to gain admission please email your name to our Vice-Chairman, Dr Frank Martin, at - frank.martin@bcs.org

CPD Value:
Half Unit

Slides:
View the slides for this event (PDF - 610 kb)