If your department doesn’t track metrics on your analytics, you are probably not doing analytics or you are making little progress in analytics.
In either case, its obvious that analytics isn’t very important to your management.
Which is one of the points I made in my post, 10 Signs Mgmt Doesn’t Really Support Analytics.
So far, I have encountered very few audit departments that track meaningful metrics about their analytics.
Counting the number of projects that include analytics isn’t enough.
In my last post, I described Why Internal Auditors Should Care about Robotic Process Automation.
In this post, I’ll explore whether RPA can replace analytic packages like ACL, IDEA, R, and Power BI.
That might seem like a strange question, but a few managers and a VP have asked me just that recently. Here’s how I’ve answered it.
PSPad is a great text editor and search tool, so by default, it’s a great audit tool, and it’s free. It can also handle a million lines of text–literally. Are you interested yet? It is also a great file diff/compare tool I’ve ever seen.
PSPad works with text files, such as those ending in TXT or CSV, or any text-based file (like an ini file). It works with DOC files too.
I’ll explain how to do the following with PSPad:
- Search a file (find all lines containing X)
- List all occurrences/matches of a search term
- Export a list of occurrences
- Compare 2 documents (diff)
- Download & install PSPad
In nature, predators watch for young, weak, or isolated animals. So do attackers. So should you.
When scoping a security assessment or audit, always keep an eye out for the lone reed. In other words, take special note of the one item (process, account, device, etc.) that has the same function as others in its category or class, but is a bit different. That item often has weaknesses the others don’t have.
In Top 100 Network Security Tools and Easy Windows Scanner, I described a few Windows tools that every auditor or security analyst should know or know about. In this post, I highlight some of my other favorite Windows tools (both security and general utility software). ALL OF THEM ARE FREE.
12/26/14 Update: These are STILL my favorite programs. The only one I don’t use anymore is CutePDF Writer, which I replaced with the FREE Sumntra PDF
Foxit Reader (I no longer recommend FOXit). But if you only want a PDF printer, CutePDF is still a great solution.
I also added 2 new tools: PSPad and File Splitter (see my links at the bottom).
You can teach yourself how to use Audit Command Language (ACL), the data analytics software from www.acl.com. ACL is used by internal auditors and others to:
The lead security study group (group 17) from the International Telecommunication Union provides a paper containing general suggestions for writing secure applications. In the paper, each item is hyperlinked to additional information.