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Information Systems Auditing Degree Program

Information Systems Audit Degree - Information Systems Auditing Program Program OverviewProgram DetailsWhy Choose Franklin

Improve information controls to mitigate business vulnerabilities

The demand for and expectation of financial accountability in business is at an all-time high -- and with good reason. The corporate financial frauds that ran rampant in the early 21st century, which led to the collapse of companies like Enron and WorldCom, has given way to stricter controls of both financial and information systems.

In spite of such controls, financial threats in business are still very real, due to the ability to manipulate and access computer information systems. As such, those who create and maintain sound audit and control capabilities, and are proficient in accounting and auditing software and systems, are in high demand by all types of industries and organizations. In fact, related jobs are predicted to increase 22% by 2020, a rate significantly faster than the national average.1

Gain the skills necessary to mitigate technology risks

Franklin University’s Information Systems Auditing Major combines the knowledge of management information systems (MIS) and accounting to meet marketplace demand. Our Information Systems Auditing (ISA) curriculum refines your understanding of audit plan development, analyzing and resolving accounting system problems, communicating accounting and information systems audit findings, and evaluating information systems security controls.

Along the way, you’ll gain desirable skills in the areas of information technology auditing, financial auditing, systems development, technical communication, and information security management.

Prepare for CISA or CIA certification

The ISA degree curriculum also provides the foundational knowledge you’ll need if you wish to pursue the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation. These highly desired certifications carry weight in the marketplace as a world-renowned standard of achievement.

Get ahead with an industry-leading, online curriculum

Franklin’s ISA curriculum is based on the prestigious industry standards of the Information Systems and Control Association (ISACA) and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). As such, Franklin’s is one of only a handful of programs in the country based upon these crucial guidelines. Upon completion, you’ll be well prepared to be a leading contender in the job market or advance with your current employer. Plus, as one of just a few universities in the country offering a 100% online program, Franklin’s ISA Program gives you maximum flexibility to earn your degree while maintaining your work, home, and family life.

An Advisory Board composed of certified auditors who are executives at Fortune 500 companies and independent auditing firms regularly reviews our course offerings, too, ensuring you receive a leading-edge information systems auditing education.

In addition, Franklin’s ISA Program features a practical, hands-on curriculum many employers find especially attractive. Above and beyond fundamental coursework, you’ll participate in a capstone course designed to draw your business and MIS subject matter together in holistic project work in which you demonstrate an understanding of issues, standards, tools, and techniques related to ISA.

Earn your degree from a university built for busy adults

Earn your degree on your terms by taking classes 100% online or pursue available coursework at one of our eleven Midwest locations. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today!

1Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI)

Gain The Skills Employers Desire

  • Information Technology Auditing
    • Lead evaluations of IT infrastructure, operations, and application systems to ensure effectiveness of controls
    • Audit systems and software, reviewing performance, throughput, availability, and exceptional incidents
    • Apply industry standards and best practices, such as ISACA, COBIT, and ISO, for audits of general information systems controls, operating systems, network, and web services
    • Design high-availability application servers, providing fault tolerance and load balancing to ensure maximum uptime
    • Support audit initiatives and engagements related to programming, mainframe batch, and online processes, client-server architecture, internet and intranet functionality, database extraction, technology strategy, and data communication
    • Analyze system logs and capacity data to identify potential issues
    • Understand and apply best practices for network user directory services, email account creation and deletion, security permissions, and daily backups
    • Monitor efficiency, reliability, and security networks and systems, including servers, laptops, desktops, printers, scanners, copiers, and software applications
    • Ensure availability and accessibility of network and systems resources for properly authorized personnel
    • Analyze systems hardware and software configurations, recommending information technology systems, software, and equipment installations, and upgrades
  • Financial Auditing
    • Perform internal Sarbanes-Oxley reviews, conducting due diligence to address control gaps and ensure compliance
    • Conduct internal audits and investigations in conformity with policies and procedures and generally accepted auditing standards
    • Identify systems and procedures loopholes, working with process owners to mitigate control deficiencies
    • Research accounting and auditing issues, developing internal programs to address complex accounting and audit risks
    • Assess potential risks and state of fraud exposures, including effectiveness of business and financial safeguards
    • Manage internal audits and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) 404 efforts with external auditors
    • Perform key control testing, including identifying deficiencies, developing remediation plans, and conducting remediation testing
    • Provide input into the development of annual internal audit plans, emphasizing adequate audit coverage of key business risks, compliance systems, core processes, and strategic initiatives
    • Evaluate appropriate segregation of duties, levels of authorization, and data security in order to maintain appropriate internal control structures
    • Understand CPA professional standards and liabilities, operating in an ethical manner to present a true and fair view of company or individual finances
  • Systems Development
    • Evaluate and present systems recommendations for process-improvement initiatives
    • Harness Internet technology and e-commerce to replace legacy processes with more efficient, scalable systems
    • Understand and document current business processes
    • Use assessment tools to solicit stakeholder input to assist in identifying process improvement opportunities
    • Apply process re-engineering methodologies, ensuring requirements and delivery of efficient processes with supporting systems
  • Technical Communication
    • Capture processes and procedures, creating documents, presentations, and visual media to present technical information to non-technical users
    • Gather, organize, synthesize, and summarize technical information and business process changes
    • Deliver insightful oral presentations of technical research and analyses
    • Create instruction manuals, help documents, FAQs, tutorials, and presentations for a variety of technical projects
    • Review and maintain technical documentation, making revisions, corrections, and updates as necessary
  • Information Security Management
    • Identify information security goals, objectives, and metrics consistent with industry best practices
    • Perform security tests on web sites, infrastructure, and applications using industry-standard tools and techniques
    • Develop information security strategies that balance business needs, industry and regulatory standards, and technologies
    • Create and implement security policies, procedures, and guidelines to prevent unauthorized use, release, transmittal and modification of data across multiple platforms
    • Ensure integrity and accessibility of company information
    • Provide ongoing review of security plans, products, and control techniques
    • Ensure software is designed to avoid security-related logic flaws
    • Design and coordinate security audits and risk assessments

Career Opportunities

  • Director of Information Systems Audits

    Directors of Information Systems Audits evaluate financial informations systems, ensuring organizations are safeguarded from unnecessary spending, fraud, or noncompliance with federal laws and regulations.

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  • Independent Information Systems Auditing Consultant

    Independent Information Systems Auditing Consultants provide technical expertise, recommending the best hardware and software solutions to support organizations’ information business strategies.

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  • Information Technology Auditor

    Information Technology Auditors establish, review, and oversee quality assurance procedures, including data, security, and programming processes.

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  • Internal Information Systems Auditor

    Internal Information Systems Auditors evaluate financial information systems to ensure compliance with regulatory guidelines and mitigate overspending and fraud.

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  • Internal Information Systems Consultant

    Internal Information Systems Consultants assess information systems needs, providing expert counsel for systems design, analysis, programming, and development.

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  • Public Accounting Information Systems Auditor

    Public Accounting Information Systems Auditors ensure timely, accurate flow of financial information, guarding against inaccurate or fraudulent financial reporting to ensure transparency of finances.

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Employment Outlook

In 2010 there were 6,471 job openings related to Information Systems Auditing. That same year, 815 students completed programs in Information Systems Auditing.

In 2010 there were 6,471 job openings related to Information Systems Auditing. That same year, 815 students completed programs in Information Systems Auditing.

Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI)

Our Recipe For Your Success

Academic & Industry Experts

Classes are taught and designed by credentialed professionals with real-world experience.
 

  • Programs are designed by combining the insight of industry leaders with the academic expertise of our faculty, ensuring what you learn translates into on-the-job success.

  • Academic concepts and theories are brought to life through our teaching faculty’s professional expertise, and can be immediately applied in your career.

  • Faculty with industry experience teach our courses, not graduate students or life-time academics, so you learn not only the theories behind the practice but also how to apply them in real-world situations.

Relevant & Consistent Curriculum

What you learn is a reflection of the program you choose, not the format in which it’s applied.
 

  • All programs are designed for learning outcomes to flow from the program level into actual coursework.

  • This top-down approach allows credentialed professionals to customize assignments based on trending industry topics without deviating from a program’s core outcomes.

  • Regardless of your professor or the format of your class, you receive the same quality education.

Hands-On Learning Experience

Franklin's coursework teaches not only theories and concepts, but also how they apply to practical situations.

 

  • Professional course designers ensure that class activities such as learning simulations, case studies, interactive videos, and group exercises are relevant and appropriate.

  • A curriculum development team is dedicated to making sure all courses are intuitively designed so content is taught in a logical manner that facilitates your success in the classroom and beyond.

Continuously Evolving Programs

Consistent program reviews ensure our programs stay at the forefront of industry trends.
 

  • Survey results and feedback from student and faculty assessments are reviewed regularly so that our programs are always improving and up-to-date.

  • A structured review process helps identify industry gaps that guide curriculum enhancements allowing our academic and industry experts to regularly implement new industry trends.

  • Regular assessment provides hard data that is used to improve student learning and teaching methods.

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