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Hiring kit: IT audit director

Originally Published:
May 2018

Security measures and other IT controls don’t work unless they’re implemented consistently, predictably, and with integrity. The IT audit director develops and schedules internal audits to measure and document whether those IT controls are followed as prescribed. This hiring kit includes a job description, sample interview questions, and a basic want ad to help you find the ideal candidate for this critical role.

From the job description:

With the widespread implementation of big data, IoT, and data analytics, successful modern businesses are increasingly dependent on the accurate, reliable, and timely collection and processing of information. To ensure that the data generated by the adoption of new solutions is accurate and reliable, businesses must develop internal auditing systems for measuring and monitoring deployed information technology at all levels of the enterprise.

Regardless of an organization’s size, internal audits are used to make sure that vital data is accurate, protected, and readily available to decision makers. Security measures and other controls work only if they’re implemented consistently, predictably, and with integrity. Measuring and documenting whether those IT controls are followed as prescribed requires a well-designed periodic assessment. Within the IT department, the development of internal auditing systems is often led by an IT audit director.

The IT audit director is expected to supply leadership with regard to legal compliance, third-party certifications, and the implementation of information technology controls. In general, the position requires a college degree in business and extensive experience with both the technology aspects of modern IT and the business aspects of the specific industry involved in the candidate search.

The search for qualified candidates with the right education and experience will require a comprehensive plan of action from human resources and hiring decision makers. This job description will give you a head start on finding the best candidate for this position.

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