Audits Are Hard.

by Hannah Grace Holladay / February 16th, 2023

We make sure they’re worth it.

We know that when it comes to threats, you want to make sure that you’re ready. In order to do that, you need quality cybersecurity and compliance audit reports with results you can trust.

The problem is audits are hard.  The process is complicated and feels overwhelming. But we believe if you’re going to do it, the audit should be worth it.

How can a hard audit be worth it?

We get it. Audits are overwhelming. The process is complicated and getting started can feel impossible.

But that challenge will be worth it when you gain confidence that your security program is designed to keep your organization secure and compliant.

The reality is, to fully meet the requirements of an audit, your organization has to put in the time, effort, and preparation that compliance demands. Every audit requires attention to detail, an understanding of all of your organization’s controls, and thorough answers to each of the auditor’s questions.

Not to mention, your employees are still completing their daily workloads to keep your organization running. By adding the tasks of an audit process to that workload, you may feel that an audit is too difficult to tackle.

However, your audit doesn’t have to be a daunting process. When you partner with a high-quality auditing team that is dedicated to guiding you through the entire process, you can be sure your audit will end in success.

Quality Testing Gives You the Assurance You Deserve

We’ve been in your shoes and know how hard audits can be, but we’ve issued over 10,000 reports to 1,200 clients worldwide, giving them the assurance they deserve through quality testing, experienced auditors, and dedication to being the partner our clients need.

But what is assurance and how do you achieve it?

According to the AICPA, assurance means you have high (but not absolute) confidence in the design of your security program.

During an audit, auditors are trying to obtain reasonable assurance through their testing that your organization’s security controls are operating effectively and are designed to meet the compliance requirements you are facing.  This assurance is how you can make sure you’re ready to face any security challenge ahead of you.

The level of assurance you deserve can only be achieved through quality testing performed by experienced auditors.

When you commit to thorough testing, you can be confident that the controls your organization has implemented are well-designed, compliant with the frameworks and standards relevant to your business, and operating effectively.

A checklist or automated audit can’t give you this assurance.  It isn’t enough to see if you have configuration standards in place; you need to make sure that the exact configuration of your cloud environment is actually keeping your data secure.  Only an experienced auditor can give those configurations the thorough examination they need, and only then will you feel confident that your security program is prepared to face today’s threats confidently.

Hard Work Pays Off

When you commit to the challenge of engaging in a quality audit from KirkpatrickPrice, you can stop feeling like you are going to miss something or be surprised when a client or attacker finds something that wasn’t in your report. You can stop feeling worried that you’re wasting your time working with someone who’s not advanced enough to thoroughly test your environment.

Instead, you’ll have a report that gets you ready for your next steps, allows you to say yes to client requests, and brings you the assurance you deserve.

Here’s how it works:

1) Get ready for your audit.

Whether you’ve gone through 1 or 100, audit readiness will set you up for success. You’ll be prepared and empowered to achieve your challenging compliance goals.

2) Partner with an expert.

Our cybersecurity and compliance auditors have sat in your seat and know how intimidating audits can be. Your dedicated specialist will walk you through the entire process from audit readiness to final report.

3) Show off your audit report.

Even though it was a demanding effort, we will make sure your audit was worth it. By the end of the process, you’ll be proud of the work you did and know that it will make the difference in gaining new clients and protecting your clients’ data. They will see that your report stands out from the automated audits in the market.

We think that makes all of your hard work worth it.

Partner with KirkpatrickPrice to Complete the Quality Audit You Deserve

KirkpatrickPrice is dedicated to walking alongside your organization on their compliance journey. From audit readiness to the final report, the audit process will be worth it when you partner with experienced information security specialists who are passionate about helping you reach your challenging security and compliance goals.

While audits will always be hard, KirkpatrickPrice will always be there to guide you through it.

Don’t shy away from the challenge of an audit. Face the hard parts of your compliance journey with KirkpatrickPrice leading you. Contact one of our experts today to get started.

About the Author

Hannah Grace Holladay

Hannah Grace Holladay is an experienced content marketer with degrees in both creative writing and public relations. She has earned her Certificate in Cybersecurity (CC) certification from (ISC)2 and has worked for KirkpatrickPrice since November 2019, starting first as a Professional Writer before moving to the marketing team as our Content Marketing Specialist. Her experience at KirkpatrickPrice and love for storytelling inspires her to create content that educates, empowers, and inspires the cybersecurity industry.