Passing the CISA exam does not make you a good IT auditor anymore than passing a driving test makes you a good driver.
Passing either exam says that you know the basics, but you still have a lot to learn.
Most likely, you still don’t know how and when to use what you know and apply it to the current situation. That’s why experience is necessary. Lots of it.
I’m going on a rant here, so reader beware. If you read on, make sure you hang in there until I make my main point in the end.
You just won’t feel the love right away…
Your management says it wants more analytics, but does it really support analytics? Here’s 10+ signs that indicate that your mgmt:
- Does NOT knows what it takes to get analytics off the ground
- Believes that analytics multiply like rabbits, naturally
- Is NOT willing to make the adjustments required to deliver and sustain real value.
Norman Marks, of the Institute of Internal Auditors, likes to hire auditors who can think.
You should too.
How does he do it?
If you have any idea of who Bruce Schneier is, you have to check out http://www.schneierfacts.com/. It is useless funny facts about Bruce a la Chuck Norris. Try not to LOL.
While reading a job description for an IT security analyst recently, I noticed that the details were somewhat vague. The position required so many years of the usual security requirements and experience with routers, firewalls, IPS, but it didn’t mention which ones.
Then I saw this statement, which explained the vagueness:
The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) has back-to-basics articles for new auditors (and like Dummies books, the topics can be a reference for the rest of us). Even security pros might want to read a few of these to better understand their auditors, or how those auditors should be doing their jobs.
The topics are as follows (no special order):
Filed under Audit, How to...
I don’t make this stuff up…
In a recent phone interview where I was trying to hire a IT SOX auditor for a short-term project, I had asked most of my interviewing questions. So I asked the candidate, “Do you have any questions for me?”
“You said that this project consists solely of testing IT SOX controls. SOX is now 5 to 6 years old. What is driving this project?”
I swallowed my surprise, and answered, “SOX compliance – annual testing requirements.”
“Oh,” said the consultant, “That makes sense.”
[You know what that means, don’t you? More interviews. Help!]
Interviewing IT Auditors
Bad Interviews Qs
More IT Auditor Interviews…
Pain of Letting (Auditors) Go
I’m still thinking about the IT auditor interviews I did recently. Not only did I get frustrated with the interviewees, I struggled with my co-interviewers. I not only thought some of their questions were poor, but they branded me a “tough interviewer.”
A few weeks ago, I did several phone interviews and concluded that no abundance of skilled IT auditors are looking for jobs these days.
First, isn’t the purpose of the interview to determine what a person’s experience is, and whether that experience is a good match for the position? At least 3 of the interviewees provided negative information about themselves unexpectedly: