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IT audit

Nowadays most business activities are run by computers, with computers, and for computers, making the IT audit a business necessity. An IT audit is designed to ensure that all aspects of the information-related systems, processes and controls are in perfect working order. Only with the help of an IT audit we can determine whether your existing IT services and processes are designed to protect your digital assets while ensuring the data integrity of your business and employees.

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IT audit

Nowadays most business activities are run by computers, with computers, and for computers, making the IT audit a business necessity. An IT audit is designed to ensure that all aspects of the information-related systems, processes and controls are in perfect working order. Only with the help of an IT audit, we can determine whether your existing IT services and processes are designed to protect your digital assets while ensuring the data integrity of your business and employees.

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IT audit and processes evaluation concerning your company’s overall security of data

Through an IT audit, we examine not only the physical security of your IT infrastructure but also the overall IT health of your business and relevant financial parties that are dependent on IT systems. The IT Hub in Bicester can perform IT audits, custom, per job, emergency, or when required.  Some of the primary objectives of an IT audit include: 


  • IT infrastructure and processes evaluation concerning the company’s overall security of data. 
  • Identify the company’s inefficiencies and risks, from an IT assets perspective, and implement the right methods to reduce and eliminate them. 
  • Ensure that all IT management processes are in full compliance with the latest standards, policies, and laws. 


The IT audit of your business can also be described as a general process that reviews and evaluates all automated IT processing systems, related non-automated processes and the interfaces among them. Planning the IT audit involves two major stages: 


  • The first stage is called the ‘gathering information’ and it comprises all the steps required to gather all the necessary information about the audited business.  
  • The second stage relates to 'gathering understanding' of the existing internal control structure, which in turn can substantiate into the cost-benefit analysis of the IT investigation concerning the uncovered risks within the audited business. 


Necessary steps IT Hub Bicester follows for a complete IT audit

The IT Hub preferred 'weapon of choice' for IT audits is the risk-based IT audit approach which is used to assess the business risks and helps further to make the right decision as to whether perform extra compliance testing or more appropriate testing. In the risk-based approach, the IT Hub relies on internal and operational controls as well as the knowledge of the company or the business.


The IT Hub uses the first stage of the IT audit, or the “Gathering Information” stage with the expressed aim of five results:


  • Gather a more in-depth knowledge of the business and the industry in which it operates. 
  • Find and investigate the results of the previous year’s audit. 
  • Gather the relevant financial information. 
  • Find the status of the business concerning the latest regulatory developments. 
  • Identify any internal risk assessments and catalogue accordingly. 


Through the second stage of the IT audit, or the "gathering understanding" stage of the internal business structure, the IT Hub seeks to identify and gain knowledge of five additional areas of the audited business:


  • Understand the overall control environment. 
  • Understand all control procedures in place. 
  • Detect and assess risk. 
  • A complete assessment of control risks. 
  • Identify and equate the sum of all risks. 

Ensuring business confidentiality, integrity, and IT availability through IT audits

Only once both stages of the IT audit are performed the planning stage that aims to minimise the business risk can begin, such as assuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, as well as ensuring business confidentiality, integrity, and availability of IT systems and relevant data. 


After gathering all the evidence from stage one and two of the IT audit, our team will determine if the operations audited are useful and well controlled, and this is an essential part of the IT audit as the expert's professional judgment, and high level of expertise come into play as the IT auditor might find a control weakness in one part of the business, which is compensated for by solid controls in a different business part. Nevertheless, our IT auditor will always record and highlight all these issues in the final audit report.


Finally, our IT auditors will perform the following tasks:


  • Identifying the critical application components that participate in the flow of transactions through the audited system with the aim of gaining a very detailed understanding of the application. 
  • Review all documents and available paperwork and interview the appropriate staff, such as the data owner, system administrator, and system owner, with the aim of gaining relevant application control understanding. 
  • Developing the most suitable and yet reliable testing strategy of the application controls. 
  • Test the application controls and make sure their correct operational effectiveness. 
  • Evaluate all test results and all resulting evidence during the IT audit, to determine the achievement of the control objectives. 
  • Evaluate the application control against the management’s objectives for the system to ensure efficiency and effectiveness. 
  • Identifying the strength of the application control strengths and find the minimum level of impact that can weaken the application controls. 

Understanding the need for regular IT audits

In simple terms, a well performed IT audit can help you uncover IT-human related operational problems, fix them, and thus ensure business efficiency in the long run.  However, there is more to an IT audit, and here we’ve put together the top five reason to call the IT Hub team to perform an IT audit on your company: 


  • Constant IT audits are designed to ensure the operational effectiveness and smoothness of your company. 
  • Frequent IT audits are required to ensure your business stays compliant with all relevant administrative regulations.
  • Periodic IT audits will instil a sense of confidence that the company is functioning well, and the management is always ready for any potential challenges. 
  • Regular IT audits can improve and maintain your business’s reputation in the industry, and the eyes of your customers. 
  • Periodic IT audits review show shareholders and potential investors that your business is pro-active in regards to any inherent challenges, stays ahead of the competition, on legal grounds, with all constituting parts working just as intended. Engage IT Hub today if your company needs an IT audit that can save your business. 

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Salzer Guerro
16:26 07 Nov 18
Excellent computer support if you run a store in Bicester Village and need computer assistance. However, beyond their expertise in networks and computer repairs, the thing that impressed us the most about IT Hub Bicester is their unified billing system which includes all services, licensing, and hardware under the same roof.read more
McGinley Fortunato
19:59 24 Oct 18
It is so comforting to know that we have the IT Hub Bicester taking care of our computers in Bicester Village. Jordan, in particular, has taken outstanding care of us. We now have a maintenance contract with them, but whenever we have an issue, Jordan is always prompt to the cause. Courteous, polite, and very knowledgeable, Jordan has become our IT guardian angel. Very professional and great to know if you run a shop in Bicester Village and need IT support.read more
Katy R Manley
20:35 17 Oct 18
Found out of the IT Hub Bicester after they've responded to our emergency call within 20 minutes. Unheard of at that time, we couldn't believe that they've solved all our IT issues the same day. But more impressive was them taking time to explain and educate us regarding what we did wrong and what happened. Now, the IT Hub Bicester has our office in a training regimen. Sandeep and the team help educate all of our guys in the office, about ransomware, malware, phishing emails and much more. One a monthly contract with them and couldn't be happier than this. Thank you IT Hub Bicester team, we appreciate all the help, expertise and patience!read more
Carlos Lorene
19:07 26 Sep 18
We had some network issues and grew tired of having our previous IT team coming to check for problems twice a day. After three weeks of misery, and payments for callouts and hours of support for something they've never fixed, blaming it on the weather, on the neighbours, on the provider, we've been referred to the IT Hub Bicester. The business partner that told us about them had only good things to say so decided to give them a try. It all started with a free assessment, and after 3 hours of IT consultancy they've found the issues (yes, quite a few) and suggested a detailed resolution. Surprising is that for the first time we all understood what was wrong and what was needed to repair. Eric used a simple language we understood. We agree to have the job done, and next day Eric returned with the necessary gear to perform the changes. Six hours later we had the line online, working like magic. Since then Eric has become our account manager with the IT Hub Bicester, and we would not change him for anything in the world!read more
Angela Moxley
05:38 20 Sep 18
Our office in Bicester Village uses Bicester IT Hub for network support. We used to send an engineer from France when the network was going down or when the front desk computers were having problems. However, we were lucky to find the IT Hub in Bicester one day when our network engineer was not available. They've fixed the problem in 30 minutes and since our Bicester office has a monthly maintenance contract. They perform preventative maintenance tasks, ensuring all computers are up to date, free from viruses, trojans and hardware problems. The engineers might change, depending on the job or the day, but all of them are very friendly and a pleasure to work with. Another benefit is their 24/7 IT Support feature that comes in handy when we have stock takes or other similar situations. Anyway, if you need outsourcing IT Support for Bicester Village, you must give the IT Hub a call. Save money, have your IT problems solved the same day. Highly recommended!read more
Marcus Anderson
21:01 10 Sep 18
With over 20 years of practice, we've seen them all. As a procurement company of IT services for small to medium businesses, we've dealt with some great and poor partners alike. However, our partnership with the IT Hub in Bicester is second to none, and after so many positive reviews from our clients, we've also decided to give them a try. For us, having different IT services with various companies, it was always hard to keep track of who does what and when. But these guys put all our services under one roof and provide us with a complete IT support package, suited to our custom needs. There are numerous IT support specialists based on the outskirts of Bicester, all aiming to provide IT support to businesses across Oxfordshire, Aylesbury, Banbury and Thames Valley. And yet, Bicester IT Hub has become our favourite company to deal with, not only for their knowledge but also easiness to work with.read more
Diana Glennie
19:53 03 Sep 18
We highly recommend Bicester IT Hub for any kind of IT support requirements your business might have. Their response rate is impressive, and the quality of their service is outstanding. Two engineers collected our faulty computers on Friday evening and delivered them back fully functional on Monday morning, 7 AM. By 9 AM we have the whole office back on track and fully operational. First class work at a fraction of the prices we used to pay before. Thank you, we'll definitely call you again!read more
Alexandr Ionow
23:11 12 Aug 18
Update 10-06-2018 finally all our data is now safe in the cloud!!! The massive scare we've gone through after that virus locked all our data asking for Bitcoin payment is gone thanks to the IT Hub Bicester team. Glen and Alex managed to recover all the data and save it to Google cloud. Moreover, we now access and work with our emails and documents directly via Google with no need for Microsoft exchange server for emails (and administration fees) even Microsoft Office licences for 31 computers we have in the office. Can't believe we are now saving lots of money while being much more secure.read more
Cecil Markus
06:42 30 Jul 18
Thank you for your excellent service, we appreciate it very much. The IT Hub fixed our network in a couple of hours, not sure what was wrong but they've changed some of the boxes, and everything went back online. Excellent and amicable service, amazingly fast, cost-effective with real results. Will call them again.read more
Trisha Escobar
01:42 21 Jul 18
So lucky to have found these guys. Whether you are an existing established business or a small business just starting up, our recommendation goes with the IT Hub Bicester. These guys are here to help, no doubt about it. We've tried a lot of IT support providers in Oxfordshire and have found that most of them deal with single aspects of our IT requirements. With the IT Hub, we have everything under the same umbrella. They serve our domain hosting needs, maintain and monitor our voice over the internet calls, do our SEO and website design, all while running remote PC maintenance and keeping an eye on our busy servers. Give them a call, you'll love working with them.read more
Katie Witkowski
03:15 09 Jul 18
One of our office ladies lost or deleted some critical data from a USB Drive. Nobody had an idea how to get these back. Thankfully it was the IT Hub Bicester that came to the rescue! Less than 10 minutes after our call for help, Jack, one of their engineers arrived on site. Not only he was able to recover all the data, but he was also super pleasant and delightful to talk to! Jack, if you read this thank you so much for such the fantastic job, your number is now stuck to all monitors in the office.read more
Hughes Wells
23:20 03 Jul 18
Highly efficient service! Had a power failure and our Apple server and a few other systems refused to boot back. It was Friday evening 5.30PM with our IT support company not picking up. In desperation went online and found the IT Hub with excellent reviews. Reluctantly gave them a call. What a find this was! All systems were fixed over the, and the bill was the most modest of any IT support jobs we have so far experienced. The support and advice were impressive. The team is full of professionalism and honesty and we use them now. Highly recommended!read more
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IT audit and processes evaluation concerning your company’s overall security of data

Through an IT audit, we examine not only the physical security of your IT infrastructure but also the overall IT health of your business and relevant financial parties that are dependent on IT systems. The IT Hub in Bicester can perform IT audits, custom, per job, emergency, or when required.  Some of the primary objectives of an IT audit include: 


  • IT infrastructure and processes evaluation concerning the company’s overall security of data. 
  • Identify the company’s inefficiencies and risks, from an IT assets perspective, and implement the right methods to reduce and eliminate them. 
  • Ensure that all IT management processes are in full compliance with the latest standards, policies, and laws. 


The IT audit of your business can also be described as a general process that reviews and evaluates all automated IT processing systems, related non-automated processes and the interfaces among them. Planning the IT audit involves two major stages: 


  • The first stage is called the ‘gathering information’ and it comprises all the steps required to gather all the necessary information about the audited business.  
  • The second stage relates to 'gathering understanding' of the existing internal control structure, which in turn can substantiate into the cost-benefit analysis of the IT investigation concerning the uncovered risks within the audited business. 


Necessary steps IT Hub Bicester follows for a complete IT audit

The IT Hub preferred 'weapon of choice' for IT audits is the risk-based IT audit approach which is used to assess the business risks and helps further to make the right decision as to whether perform extra compliance testing or more appropriate testing. In the risk-based approach, the IT Hub relies on internal and operational controls as well as the knowledge of the company or the business.


The IT Hub uses the first stage of the IT audit, or the “Gathering Information” stage with the expressed aim of five results:


  • Gather a more in-depth knowledge of the business and the industry in which it operates. 
  • Find and investigate the results of the previous year’s audit. 
  • Gather the relevant financial information. 
  • Find the status of the business concerning the latest regulatory developments. 
  • Identify any internal risk assessments and catalogue accordingly. 


Through the second stage of the IT audit, or the "gathering understanding" stage of the internal business structure, the IT Hub seeks to identify and gain knowledge of five additional areas of the audited business:


  • Understand the overall control environment. 
  • Understand all control procedures in place. 
  • Detect and assess risk. 
  • A complete assessment of control risks. 
  • Identify and equate the sum of all risks. 

Ensuring business confidentiality, integrity, and IT availability through IT audits

Only once both stages of the IT audit are performed the planning stage that aims to minimise the business risk can begin, such as assuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, as well as ensuring business confidentiality, integrity, and availability of IT systems and relevant data. 


After gathering all the evidence from stage one and two of the IT audit, our team will determine if the operations audited are useful and well controlled, and this is an essential part of the IT audit as the expert's professional judgment, and high level of expertise come into play as the IT auditor might find a control weakness in one part of the business, which is compensated for by solid controls in a different business part. Nevertheless, our IT auditor will always record and highlight all these issues in the final audit report.


Finally, our IT auditors will perform the following tasks:


  • Identifying the critical application components that participate in the flow of transactions through the audited system with the aim of gaining a very detailed understanding of the application. 
  • Review all documents and available paperwork and interview the appropriate staff, such as the data owner, system administrator, and system owner, with the aim of gaining relevant application control understanding. 
  • Developing the most suitable and yet reliable testing strategy of the application controls. 
  • Test the application controls and make sure their correct operational effectiveness. 
  • Evaluate all test results and all resulting evidence during the IT audit, to determine the achievement of the control objectives. 
  • Evaluate the application control against the management’s objectives for the system to ensure efficiency and effectiveness. 
  • Identifying the strength of the application control strengths and find the minimum level of impact that can weaken the application controls. 

Understanding the need for regular IT audits

In simple terms, a well performed IT audit can help you uncover IT-human related operational problems, fix them, and thus ensure business efficiency in the long run.  However, there is more to an IT audit, and here we’ve put together the top five reason to call the IT Hub team to perform an IT audit on your company: 


  • Constant IT audits are designed to ensure the operational effectiveness and smoothness of your company. 
  • Frequent IT audits are required to ensure your business stays compliant with all relevant administrative regulations.
  • Periodic IT audits will instil a sense of confidence that the company is functioning well, and the management is always ready for any potential challenges. 
  • Regular IT audits can improve and maintain your business’s reputation in the industry, and the eyes of your customers. 
  • Periodic IT audits review show shareholders and potential investors that your business is pro-active in regards to any inherent challenges, stays ahead of the competition, on legal grounds, with all constituting parts working just as intended. Engage IT Hub today if your company needs an IT audit that can save your business. 

Case studies

 

 

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