Information technology auditing

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An information technology auditing or information systems auditing is an audit of information and communication systems , so a review of the administration and management of these systems.

The goal is to determine data security, data integrity , operational effectiveness and efficiency, as well as the compatibility of IT operations with organizational goals.


Goodman & Lawless distinguishes three types of IT audits:

  • Technological innovation process
  • Innovation comparison
  • Technology position

There are also the following distinctions:

Systems and Applications
Checks whether the information systems are sufficient, appropriate and efficient to enable fast and reliable data processing.
These types of IT audits are primarily focused on business processes and are mostly used to support financial audits .
Information processing systems
Check whether the data processing is timely, accurate and efficient.
System development
Check whether the systems under development are in line with the company's goals and recognized standards.
Management of the IT and corporate architecture
Reviews the administration and processes of the organization
Client / server, telecommunications, intranet and extranets
Checks a company's telecommunications and network infrastructure.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Richard A. Goodman, Michael W. Lawless: Technology and strategy: conceptual models and diagnostics . Oxford University Press US, 1994, ISBN 978-0-19-507949-4 .