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Time
15 hours 43 minutes
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Advanced
CEU/CPE
16
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>> Now, to this point in time,
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covered the aspects of the IAAA.
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We did identification, authentication, authorization
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>> so the last A that we want to look at,
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>> let's just look at it briefly because this
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is going to come up in later chapters.
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But we want to talk about auditing.
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Auditing can also be used incorrectly really,
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but can also be used interchangeably with accounting,
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and I see that a lot.
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Some folks will put the last A is auditing,
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some will put accounting.
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Accountability is what auditing gives us.
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But it doesn't mean they're the same thing,
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but so we're going to stick
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>> with a more consistent term of auditing.
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>> In this section,
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>> just talk about auditing thing like I said,
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>> at a high level so that we extend the process.
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When we talk about auditing,
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what we're looking to do is to ensure compliance.
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We want accountability.
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We want to make sure our individuals are following,
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whether it's company policy,
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standards, external standards,
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make sure we're in compliance
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>> with the laws and regulations.
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>> That's what auditing is all about.
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We also go back and audit internally,
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just basic access to resources.
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I audit and determine,
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>> hey, who has access this file or folder,
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>> particularly if those files or folders
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are of a significant or sensitive nature.
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I will audit user accounts
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and determine or try to determine,
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does anybody have too many rights or privileges
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>> based on their role within the organization?
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>> When we talk about auditing,
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our auditors are focused on compliance.
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I will also mention that auditor's job is to audit,
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you didn't see that coming, did you?
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No, but their job is to audit,
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to document, and to report.
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Auditors do not fix,
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they do not correct.
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Also, technically, auditors shouldn't recommend
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remediation strategies either because
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that's a conflict of interest.
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Really your auditors come in,
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they conduct their assessments,
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they write up their reports,
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they turn those reports over to senior management
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>> or whichever entity authorized the audit,
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>> but never would there be
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modification associated with an auditor.
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Auditor's don't even have write permission,
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they just have read permission.
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This will come up more in Chapter 6.
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We just keep in mind for now,
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auditing is all about compliance.
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