How do you explain to others what it is you actually do in Risk Assurance/IT audit that makes it sound more interesting than it actually is?

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It’s easier now I’m in business processes but back in the IT audit days I used to frame it as reviewing the security and reliability of systems that underpin financial processes and information - carefully omitting the testing of password parameters

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“We meet with clients after they avoid meetings and deliverables til the final hour, we then take some sweet screenshots of system configurations and applications. Finally we draw some sweet boxes over said screenshots and then cry when the partner reviews walkthroughs completed in June the following January. “

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Be honest, why make it more than it is. We are IT Auditors lol

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I tell them the truth about what it is because I wish someone had done the same for me. No point sugar coating!

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Ngl IT audit never gets better; to go into more interesting work you have to do a solid 3 years of it if you stay in the business and you might be able to move to advisory on controls and system implementations, which is better, but likely to get boring by the time you’ve done a year or so at manager - super honest take here

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I say cyber security/phishing tests even if all we do is check results instead of administer

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I should of known when I heard “testing” to run far, far away.

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I used to say my job is to try to make sure what happened in office space doesn’t happen

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