Why you need an IT audit

by | Jul 8, 2011 | Business

Business professionals who we approach as prospective clients are hesitant to talk with us about helping them. They often tell us, “our IT is fine.”

Sometimes the root source of this attitude is a fear of what is “under the hood” (i.e., what will they find? What will it mean? What will that cost? Do we have to fire our existing IT provider and go through the challenge of transitioning to someone unknown etc.) In other words, sometimes people have a strong sense that they have issues that should be dealt with, but prefer to avoid it because they feel having to deal with this is scarier than the actual issues themselves.


  • Third-party risk identification
  • Strategic alignment
  • Certified and knowledgeable expertise
  • Proven process

This hesitation can be compounded by the fact that many business professionals feel insecure about their own understanding and management of technology; they are worried about inviting us in to have a look under their hood and exposing truly embarrassing inadequacies in this area.

Of course, these are just common misconceptions. Here are three reasons why a third-party IT audit should be completed every couple of years whether you have an internal team or outsourced IT support.

First, technology is increasingly complex. Just as you need the specialized expertise of an accountant and a lawyer, you need technical talent to be truly successful in almost any industry. If all business leaders were technology experts, we would be out of business. Invite us in and we can lead.

Secondly, a third-party will identify the risks so that you can improve your IT. Even if an IT assessment does not result in a specific IT project, the findings will arm you with a better understanding of the current state of your technology, help you prioritize and develop an IT roadmap.

Lastly, Smart Dolphins has helped hundreds of companies over the years and we have become very good at “onboarding” new clients. An IT audit is performed for every new client during the onboarding process. We need to fully assess an IT environment in order to prepare short and long term plans. Our onboarding process is in depth and consultative. We want to set your business up for success.

We know it is scary to get an IT audit. Let’s take a look, anyway. To learn more about our IT auditing process, visit: https://www.smartdolphins.com/it-services/it-audits/ or contact us.