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IT Audit for Higher Education

The landscape of higher education is changing, fueled by advancements in technology and evolving Federal and state legislation.

In recent years, higher education institutions have expanded their data footprint, amassing larger volumes of information to fuel applications and analytics. As institutions embrace data-driven approaches to enhance the student experience, they are confronted with the critical need for robust privacy and cybersecurity measures amidst escalating cyber threats.

How EisnerAmper Can Help  

EisnerAmper has experience conducting risk-based outsourced, co-sourced, and staff augmentation internal audit engagements, conducted with a focus on efficiency and adding value.  

By bringing in a fresh perspective and acumen from external collaborators, higher education institutions can optimize their audit function, improve risk management practices, and help maintain compliance with industry regulations, ultimately contributing to the institution’s overall success. 

Broad Risk-Based Methodology

We have extensive experience with data-focused legislative requirements, including HIPAA, HITECH, GLBA, various NIST standards, FERPA, NSPM-33, CMMC, and PCI DSS, among others, but we also look outside the limitations of legislation and consider a broader scope of IT risks.

Adaptive, Collaborative Approach

Whether you are interested in fully outsourcing IT audit scopes or looking to augment your team’s skills or capacity through a co-sourcing arrangement, we are committed to flexible and collaborative relationships and tailor our procedures to the unique risks and controls at each institution. 

Knowledge Transfer

Our ability to collaborate with internal audit and technology stakeholders provides an opportunity for knowledge transfer between teams, enhancing the institution’s overall audit capabilities.

Deep, Diverse Technical Expertise and Industry Experience

Our team is composed of experienced internal auditors, data privacy and security specialists, and forensic IT analysts Additionally, we are actively involved in the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA).

Enhanced Objectivity

We bring a fresh perspective and unbiased viewpoint to the internal audit function to objectively identify areas of improvement within an institution.

Our experienced professionals have performed IT audits for:

  • Research Security and NSPM-33 
  • Decentralized IT Controls  
  • Data Governance and Data Management Maturity 
  • Data Privacy 
  • Cloud and Vendor Security  
  • IT Risk Assessments and IT Audit Plan Development
  • Disaster Recovery 
  • Ransomware Readiness and Resiliency 
  • Payment Card Industry Compliance 
  • HIPAA Privacy and Security
  • Identity and Access Management
  • IT Audit Training Initiatives
  • Endpoint Protection 
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    Our teams take pride in serving higher education institutions and have honed our expertise working alongside internal audit teams.

    Our credentialed professionals include: 

    • Certified Internal Auditors (CIAs)
    • Certified Information Systems Auditors (CISAs)
    • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISCs)
    • Certified Information Security System Professionals (CISSPs)
    • Certified CSF Practitioner (CCSFPs)
    • Certified HITRUST Quality Professional (CHQPs)
    • Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPMs), and more.
    • CMMC Registered Practitioners (RP)

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