Module 1: What is a Cybersecurity Audit?
Module 2: Controls and Frameworks
A basic understanding of audit and cybersecurity would be beneficial but not required.
Who Is This Course For?
Managers, Cybersecurity Engineers, IT Professionals, Students
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Know the purpose of a cybersecurity audit
- Define cybersecurity audit controls
- Identify cybersecurity audit frameworks
- Explain proper audit team performance
- Define the benefits of a cybersecurity audit
In this Cybersecurity Audit training course, students will learn what a cybersecurity audit is, why it’s important, and how these audits are conducted. The course covers the importance of policies and controls within the information security of an organization.
What is a Cybersecurity Audit?
An audit, in general, is an in-depth and comprehensive review of an organization’s compliance with corporate or regulatory rules and regulations. The goal of an audit is to make sure that the company is meeting organizational and legal requirements. In a cybersecurity or information security audit, the auditor focusses on collecting sufficient evidence to determine if the organization’s security controls (technical, administrative, or physical) are compliant with a set of established criteria. The criteria may be policies that are set by the organization itself, best practices and cybersecurity requirements imposed by government or industry bodies, or both.
What Does the Cybersecurity Audit Training Course Involve?
In this course, students will learn fundamental knowledge of auditing in the realm of cybersecurity. What a cybersecurity audit is, why it’s important, and how to conduct an audit will be covered. Upon completing the training course, students will have a thorough understanding of process, policy, and control as they relate to cybersecurity auditing.
The Cybersecurity Audit training course is ideal for IT professionals, ethical hackers, organizational management, and HR recruiters who hire cybersecurity professionals.
Upon completing this course, students will receive a Certificate of Completion.
What is a Cybersecurity Auditor?
A cybersecurity auditor is a professional who investigates the effectiveness and safety of computer and network systems and corresponding security components. They are typically focused on areas that could cause vulnerabilities and risks of hacking or other cyberattacks. Upon completing the audit investigation, auditors typically are responsible for generating a detailed report that outlines any security issues that have been identified, the overall effectiveness of the systems, and recommendations for changes and improvements.
How Do You Become a Cybersecurity Auditor?
There are usually several steps that an individual must take to become a cybersecurity auditor. The first step is typically in some type of entry-level IT position. Some of these roles include:
- System Administrator
- Security Administrator
- Network Administrator
After obtaining work experience and knowledge in one of those positions, individuals may find that they are ready to move into a more specialized role, like one of the following:
- Security Analyst
- Security Specialist
- Security Engineer
- Security Consultant
From here, there are two routes that someone might take to get to a cybersecurity auditing role. Some information security professionals transition into a management position, while others move directly from the specialized technical position directly to auditing. Some of the managerial positions might include:
- IT Project Manager
- Security Manager
- Security Director
- Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
Then, onto a cybersecurity auditing position. There are various titles that an individual might pursue in this field, including:
- IT Auditor
- Information Security Auditor
- Information Systems Auditor
What Does a Cybersecurity Auditor Do?
Becoming an auditor in the cybersecurity industry can be a lucrative and fulfilling career, as there is a high demand for these types of professionals and a shortage of professionals to fill open positions.
Auditors are an essential role for organizations of all types. The role isn’t specifically responsible for implementing or operating security controls, rather an auditor provides an independent view of the organization’s overall security and integrity of its information systems. They also ensure compliance with regulations and laws that the organization must adhere to.
The most common responsibilities associated with the cybersecurity auditor role include:
- Documentation of the audit process
- Execution of security audits
- Evaluation of security policies and controls
- Writing audit findings reports
- Analyzing and interpreting results of audits
- Determining compliance with any policy, regulation, or law that is applicable
Cybersecurity auditors may be part of an internal security team. In that role the auditor would be performing audits only for the organization he or she works for. Other security auditors may work for external companies or government agencies that go into an organization to perform audits to ensure the organization’s compliance with industry policies and regulations.
If you are interested in cybersecurity auditing, the Cybersecurity Audit training course is a great first step. It’s easy to enroll, just click on the Register button in the top right corner of this screen to begin.
Certificate of Completion
Complete this entire course to earn a Cybersecurity Audit Overview Certificate of Completion