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Experiences During Government-mandated Audits

Jeroen van Lewe, CISA, CEH, CIA, ECSA
| Published: 4/28/2016 3:02 PM | Permalink | Email this Post | Comments (0)

My recent Journal article is a case study about mandatory audits in the Netherlands. I am interested in comparing similar events on an international scale. I have already researched sectorwide IT projects to improve government services to citizens. In my opinion, the insights drawn from these comparisons are valuable. One can use these insights to avoid the same difficulties. It can save a lot of time and money if you can learn from insights gained elsewhere.

In the Netherlands, a digital crisis in 2011 resulted in many different types of changes over a short period of time. Some of the changes were mandatory IT audits and changes in the approach to IT audits. It was an important step forward, and as IT auditors, we had to overcome complex challenges.

In the Netherlands, digital government services are well developed. People apply digitally for grants and welfare benefits through the web sites of various government organizations. For these services, users must utilize a username and password provided by the Dutch government. Criminals are increasingly focusing on stealing personal data through digital identities. These data will become even more valuable in the coming years  as digital government services will grow. The impact of Internet-related developments on Dutch government organizations and citizens will continue to widen. These developments will also have a significant impact on IT auditing in the Netherlands.

I hope my recent Journal article invites readers and practitioners in other countries to share their knowledge about similar cases. Do you have any insights on Internet security audits?

Read Jeroen van Lewe’s recent Journal article:
Internet Security Audits for Government,” ISACA Journal, volume 2, 2016.

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