How to become a Computer Systems Auditor

Computer systems auditors are involved in the design and monitoring of control systems, which ensure the accuracy and security of data. They also review an organisation's computing environment and the use of their computer facilities. Computer systems auditors provide managers with expert opinions about the reliability of results and operations of computer systems. It is essential that computer systems auditors understand both the accounting and information technology implications of computer systems.

Personal requirements of a Computer Systems Auditor

  • Interested in business
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Logical and analytical
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good leadership skills

Education & Training for a Computer Systems Auditor

To become a computer systems auditor you usually have to complete a degree in information technology, accounting, commerce, information systems or business information systems. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Most institutions in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.

Duties & Tasks of a Computer Systems Auditor

Computer systems auditors may perform the following tasks:

  • analyse information processing systems to assess their completeness, accuracy, validity and efficiency
  • assess business systems to gauge the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of transaction processing
  • review applications systems and business procedures, and assess their effectiveness in achieving desired business objectives
  • participate in new system design to ensure an efficient, effective and well-controlled system
  • evaluate an organisation’s computing environment for effective systems software, systems development and security procedures
  • check software and hardware acquisition in terms of its economic and operational efficiency
  • check and report on the usage of computing facilities
  • talk with data processing management and system users
  • write reports and recommendations for improvement in computing facility management.

Employment Opportunities for a Computer Systems Auditor

Computer systems auditors work in a range of occupational environments. They can work in IT-specific industries, which can be large or small, as well as in industries requiring their expertise. They may work as part of a team, individually or on a freelance basis. With experience and sufficient start-up money, there are opportunities for self-employment.

Additional Information
Membership of the Australian Computer Society is available to those who hold, or are working towards, suitable qualifications. There is a range of membership types available, allowing progression through the various levels as a member’s career develops.
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