Taking the Pain Out of Audit Readiness

By Sese Bennett

February 7, 2022

Preparing for audits is no small task. Whether it is a single audit or multiple audits, it’s a grueling process. It can sap the strength out of any organization and lead to poor audit performance.

To support audits, most organizations choose to pull resources from their job responsibilities or assign the audit to a project manager. As you can imagine, both of these approaches come with a level of impact that can tax your resources. 

Let’s take a look at both of these approaches and examine what is required to reach audit preparedness. We will also discuss how to remove the pain from the audit preparedness process by using the PGS approach.

So, let’s jump right in!

Audit Readiness - What is required?

Preparing for an audit involves several steps including reviewing your existing control status, scheduling resources, and collecting artifacts to satisfy evidence requests. So, how do you accomplish this while ensuring that you are adequately prepared to respond to the audit?

Re-assign Resources Approach

One approach is to re-assign existing resources to assist with the audit. While this approach can be successful, what impact will it have on your organization? Pulling resources from their daily job responsibilities can increase stress in the environment and lead to low-quality responses for your audit requests.

Project Management Approach

Another approach is to assign a project manager to head up your audit preparedness efforts. This approach is often successful in managing the timeline of the audit but may cause confusion due to the lack of familiarity with the technical aspects of audit requirements. This too can lead to frustration on the part of the audit team causing delays and low-quality responses for audit requests.

Taking the Pain Out of Audit Readiness

Provincia Government Solutions takes the pain out of audit preparation by providing the best of both approaches. What if you had a highly experienced resource that was focused on assisting your team with:

  • Interpreting audit request
  • Scheduling appropriate resources for interviews
  • Interfacing with your organization’s technical and project management resources
  • Reviewing evidence artifacts for accuracy and applicability
  • Developing a repeatable readiness process

Next Steps

Are you ready for Provincia Government Solutions to help you? If so, reach out to our team and let’s talk. We can help you tackle the headache of audit readiness and put you are on the path to success!

Until then, be safe and stay secure!

About Us

Provincia Government Solutions, LLC is a Nashville based government security and risk assessment company focused on government regulations such as NIST, FISMA, CMMC, SCA, 800-171 and MARS-E. Whether you are seeking a audit preparedness, a readiness assessment, security consulting, or CMMC certification, we have the expertise to help.  Contact jhoffman@provincia.io to discuss your security needs. We look forward to speaking with you!

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