Information & Communication Technology
IT Systems Auditor
IT systems auditors advise managers on the dependability and reliability of the operations of IT systems.
What does an IT Systems Auditor do?
IT systems auditors advise managers on the dependability and reliability of the operations of IT systems. IT systems auditors are also called computer systems auditors.
As an IT systems auditor, you would:
- examine IT systems to evaluate their efficiency and accuracy
- analyse business systems to assess the accuracy and timeliness of transaction processing
- appraise application systems to assess usefulness and effectiveness
- aid in the design of new systems
- evaluate an organisation's computing environment for effective systems software, systems development and security procedures
- monitor the purchase of hardware and software in terms of operational efficiency
- review controls for IT systems to ensure that a company's financial data comes from a reliable source.
Key skills and interests
To become an IT systems auditor, you would need:
- analytical and problem-solving skills
- a logical and methodical way of working
- to be able to clearly explain complex IT solutions in non-technical language
- the ability to work as part of a team or independently
- good communication skills
- a commitment to ongoing learning of IT knowledge and skills.
Working hours and conditions
In a full-time role, you would normally a standard number of hours per week, Monday to Friday, with occasional overtime to meet deadlines at busy times. Part-time work may be possible.
You would be based in an office, and if you work for an IT services firm, you may work on site in your client's office. You may need to travel locally or interstate on projects, and may need to stay away from home for periods of time during project roll-outs.
How to become an IT Systems Auditor?
Entry Level Education
To become an IT systems auditor you usually have to complete a degree in information technology, accounting, commerce, information systems or business information systems. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English and mathematics are appropriate subjects to study prior to university.
Membership of the Australian Computer Society is available to those who hold, or are working towards, suitable qualifications.
Employment of IT systems auditors is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.
IT systems auditors are likely to see new opportunities because all manner of businesses need reliable IT systems, to keep accurate records, and to know that their IT systems will continue to operate effectively and efficiently.