Auditing & Compliance
CCSiT are your complete IT consultancy. As part of our specialised service, we provide you with the information and support for your business to run smoothly, without any legal or financial risks. We have increasingly found with our clients, they had been previously unaware of the necessary compliance and licensing their business required, nor prepared for hardware failures.
With the set standards to comply to for Australian industries, a business can’t afford for it to be handled incorrectly. We have established contacts within various industries for quick assessments of your industry compliance. Click for more Compliance Requirements
The cost of fixing or replacing unexpected hardware breaks can be financially tough for a business. Auditing your hardware with CCSiT will minimise the risk of this occurring and enable you to budget for future upgrades. Click for more Hardware Audits
Software & Licensing Audits
If software used by your employees has been obtained illegally or without a license, you are at risk of a software developer taking legal action. Our software audits can prevent your business from any further security risks. Click for more Software & Licensing Audits
Every Australian Industry is required to operate within the framework of standards administered by Standards Australia. These are enforced and regulated by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA).
Hardware Audit – Greater Brisbane Region
Benefits of a Hardware Audit
- Asset identification, tagging, location and control
- Compiled report of current state and expected lifetime of equipment
- Compiled report on recommended replacement schedule
- Compiled report on expected approximate costs of replacement
- Compiled report for a 5 year budgeting plan.
It is generally recommended that a Software and Licensing Audit be carried out in conjunction with a Hardware Audit as the extra expense incurred is minimal.
Software and Licensing Audits – Greater Brisbane Region
In an online questionnaire posted as part of the BSAA’s (Business Software Association of Australia) latest campaign to help Small and Medium Enterprises with Software Asset Management (SAM), 42% of the businesses that responded said they did not have correct software licenses and 52% admitted they have no idea whether employees have downloaded or made illegal copies of software.
In an increasingly competitive market, software developers are being forced to bring legal action against illegal usage of their software in order to remain financially competitive. Illegal usage involves using the software without complying with the usage (Licensing) conditions for that software.
As stated recently by BSAA chairman, Jim Macnamara; “To not carefully monitor and manage computer networks and systems is like leaving the back door of your office open day and night.
The security risks are very high in terms of worm viruses received through email or downloads, and there is a high likelihood that unlicensed software is in use leaving a business open to copyright infringement penalties”.
A Software and Licensing Audit comprises the following;
- Complete Inventory of all software installed
- A review and analysis of pertinent license documentation
- A review and analysis of the license agreement(s)
- Determination of the platforms on which you have the right to install the software
- Reconciliation of installations and licenses
- A determination of license requirements for production, development, disaster recovery, testing, staging, and quality
- A report detailing the cost involved to meet licensing requirements (When applicable)
Whilst it can seem like a costly undertaking, an IT Systems Auditing Professional should be engaged to investigate and report on your current situation. To prevent future security risks, a software asset management plan should be included in your business to maintain ongoing legitimacy and control.
Unsure if your workplace IT is complying properly?
Please give us a call and we can help with all corporate IT compliance and auditing inquiries