Gan Subramaniam, CISA, CISM, CCNA, CCSA, CIA, CISSP, SSCP, ISO 27001 LA
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I read your previous column with a question based on the book 8 Things We Hate About IT: How to Move Beyond the Frustrations to Form a New Partnership with IT. In your response, you discussed ‘things we hate about information security’; it made a lot of sense and was interesting reading, too. Continuing the discussion along the same lines, can you please list out the things that people ‘hate’ about information systems auditors? Auditors do not necessarily, on all occasions, remain best friends with the people in the business/IT. Please also add what auditors must do to win friends.
I do not disagree with you—auditors who do a clinical, dispassionate job may win the wrath and displeasure of those in the field and, on some odd occasions, even from leadership of the operational area that gets audited. But that does not mean they are ‘hated’. Hatred can exist when auditors disappoint and fail to do their job. Not being popular can be misconstrued for hatred, but in the long run, good auditors are not necessarily popular per se. The truth of the matter is that by being clinical and dispassionate, with no personal agenda, auditors serve the best interests of their employers and their profession. Here are some areas that can result in auditors being ‘hated’:
Thus, there are a number of reasons why auditors can be hated. Sounds like a good subject for yet another book, right?
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