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Physical and Environmental Controls

Course Description

Physical and environmental controls provide the foundation for an effective suite of controls to protect data and information, hardware, and human resource assets. Physical security controls protect assets from inappropriate physical access, theft, or vandalism, while environmental security controls protect assets from accidental, intentional, and natural events, including fire and water damage or power disruption.

Internal auditors need a basic understanding of physical access, and should consider physical access to systems as one of the most important elements of the physical and environmental security audit. Without this knowledge, internal auditors may not fully comprehend the risks to tangible assets. 

The Physical and Environmental Controls self-study course delivers an introduction to physical and environmental controls and risks. Further, this course guides internal auditors in building proficiencies for providing related assurance services by describing the general IT competencies needed by today’s internal auditors.

Learning Objective(s):

  • Describe the basics of physical security.
  • Describe the basics of environmental security.
  • Recall common physical and environmental risks and controls.
  • Identify the general concepts related to auditing physical and environmental security.
Course Duration: 1 day(s)
CPEs Available: 1
Knowledge Level: Basic
Field of Study: Information Technology
Prerequisites: 
​None
Advance Preparation: 
​None
Delivery Method: QAS Self-Study