Making a career as Information Systems Auditor in India
Information Systems Auditor in India – There are many fields, where you can make your career choice in India. Many of the markets are opening up such as IT, Pharmaceuticals, Automobile, Banking and Finance, Insurance and more. Therefore, picking up just the right job is quite important for you to raise the career ladder. To become a certified information systems auditor has a lot of scope in India, says an India Today report.
The minimum educational qualification is a technical four-year Bachelor’s degree (Masters preferred). It is pertinent to have professional certifications such as Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISM) so that you can become a certified information security manager.
Role of an Auditor
The important role played by an auditor is to identify the risks to ensure compliance with corporate policies and procedures and propose a remediation plan to the management. Therefore, an entry-level position requires very good analytical and communication skills. Analytical skills help you understand the IT environment and the risks in it while the communication skills will help you to convey it to the management to mitigate the risks, says the report.
The IT Audit career path unfolds in one of two ways, says the report. Either you can select public sectors accounting firms like PwC, KPMG, Deloitte or EY or you can opt for an organisation in a private industry sector like Banking, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Media and Entertainment. All public organisations across various industry sectors have IT audit function to ensure compliance with global regulatory requirements.
Varun Vohra, who has over a decade of experience across various industry sectors in IT audit and Advisory, is currently working in a senior position in the Corporate Audit (IT) function of one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies in the US. He says that whether you decide to work in the public or private industry sector, each has its pros and cons.
In his opinion, taking the public route is helpful as the big accounting firms give you a breadth of experience in both internal and external audit assignments across various industry sectors which can enhance your skill set. After you have gained enough experience, you can decide to remain in the Public sector and grow there or make a move into the private sector based on your skill set, the report pointed out.
“The best part about this profession is the exposure you get by working in various spheres across the industry sectors or even within an organisation. This breadth and depth of experience along with the technical and communication skills make an IT auditor a very strong asset for any organisation and opens up opportunities outside of IT audit in various business areas like IT Risk Management, IT Compliance, Technology Operations etc. including high paying niche areas like Cyber and Information security,” he concluded.