The Brief and Only IT Audit Checklist You’ll Ever Need

When the pandemic all but killed foot traffic to all non-essential businesses, businesses embraced eCommerce and websites out of raw necessity. As beneficial as those moves may have proven over the last year or so, hasty adoption of software and hardware also opens the door for new problems.

Did you set up a secure database or not? Is that router configured properly? Is the network performing optimally?

Big companies that run an IT department or businesses with an IT professional on staff can usually get answers to those questions with an email. Small businesses need an IT audit.

Not sure what an IT audit entails? Keep reading for a quick IT audit checklist.

Security

Any decent IT audit will include a review of your current security measures. That means checking things like the encryption on your WiFi, firewalls, and access control.

For example, can anyone in the company access any file or do you limit access to sensitive data to people who need to know? Some businesses will hire a cybersecurity professional to run a separate security audit.

Compliance

Some businesses come under extra regulatory demands, such as healthcare companies and finance companies. These businesses may face additional demands in terms of data security and reporting. If your business works with sensitive health data or finance data, you’ll want a review of your compliance with the relevant laws.

You can also employ compliance services to help ensure you meet those demands.

Hardware

Your audit will also include a review of your hardware. The review can bring to light configuration problems. It’s also a good way to spot hardware that is nearing the end of its useful life, such as servers, routers, and switches.

Software

A good audit will also review your software for compatibility issues, reliability, security, and efficiency. In many cases, companies started with software packages that served their needs at the beginning, but the business outgrows that software. Yet, the software remains in place, dragging down productivity or providing sub-optimal feature sets.

Shadow IT

An audit can also help expose shadow IT in your organization. Shadow IT means anything from devices to cloud services that your employees use without the knowledge or approval of you or your IT department. Employees often employ shadow IT to get around what they consider productivity-killing security measures.

Shadow IT often exposes your company or its data to theft because it lacks proper implementation or robust security.

Your Business IT Audit

For small businesses that recently adapted to the world of websites and eCommerce, an IT audit is probably a higher priority than you realize. You may have any number of easily resolved security gaps in your IT infrastructure.

Beyond that, the configuration of your software or hardware can slow down productive work by making the network lag. Hardware can simply age out of usefulness. Your employees may also engage in shadow IT to get around your existing security measures.

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