Information Technology for the IS Auditor

Course Description: 

The Information System Auditor can be at their most frustrated and uncomfortable when dealing with information technology issues.  Whether dealing with system administrators, network staff, programmers or systems analysts, the flood of technical terms and acronyms can overwhelm and mystify even an experienced IS auditor.  Technical misunderstandings can seriously impact the quality of your audit, the conclusions you reach, and the recommendations you make.

This session will help you to better understand and deal with computer and network technology.  It begins with an explanation of core computer concepts.  Building on your familiarity with your own workstation or laptop, we’ll cover common computer architectures, including key hardware components and their operation.  The course then moves to important software layers, such as operating systems, utilities, database managers, program development environments, and typical information applications.  We’ll also go into detail on networks, how they operate, and how they are used in support of Internet-based systems and web-enabled applications.

Throughout the session, we’ll relate technology concepts to their control, security, and audit implications.  And as with all our sessions, the seminar will include live demonstrations of important software and techniques, to help you better understand the key concepts.

Key topics: 
  • Computing architectures and hardware components
  • Operating systems, database management systems, and other key software layers
  • Network concepts, protocols, and services
  • Common information system applications, including web-enabled systems
Course Objectives: 

After completing this course, you will have the confidence to deal with IT professionals in discussing technical issues, and you'll better understand their implications to your audit.

Course Length: 
1.0 Day
Intended Audience: 

This course is intended for business and IT auditors wanting to enhance their technical skills and their level of comfort when dealing with IT staff.

Learning Level: 
Suitable for those new to the topic
Instructional Method: 
  • In-class lecture with experienced instructor


CPE Credits: 
7 Hours