IT Auditing: What It Takes

FRAMINGHAM (07/17/2000) - IT Auditing: What It TakesTo be effective, IT auditors shouldn't report to IT managers or the CIO. They need to be independent of the people they're monitoring, says Bruce Webster, a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Washington.

Yet experience in IT can be invaluable, not only for the technology know-how, but also to ensure that auditors start off on the right foot with IT people, who may resent being watched over, Webster says.

Other must-do items for successful IT auditors include the following:

- Take courses to keep current on new technology.

- Get involved in IT projects at the start and help create achievable milestones.

- Publicize the criteria used to judge projects so that no one feels blindsided.

- Finesse political trouble by dealing with conflict artfully. Classes in negotiating and handling disagreements are critical.

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