Software Audits can be categorized into two boxes. In one box you have internal audits that looks into the quality assessment of your systems. In the other box, there are external audits the focuses on licensing, industry compliance and legal requirements. But the premise behind both the audits is finding issues that can be improved and optimizing your system.
Most Businesses today are incredibly software-reliant. In their operation, they need many robust applications to facilitate their tasks. It is important to make sure their software is on par with industry standards for their success.
TYPES OF SOFTWARE AUDITS
Software Quality Audits
If a business is operating on legacy software, it is vital to conduct a quality audit and define the areas of improvement that can guarantee you have the highest quality software. Innovation in technology is constantly emerging, and it is important to make sure your systems are up to date with the latest trends. This should be an integral part of the business strategy.
The best time to start such audits is when a business is looking to scale up. Digital Transformation is vital and reshaping a system to be in line with the current market conditions and requirements, or just need a new solution. There is always room for. Improvement, even in the current solution.
Cybersecurity is a concern for many companies. Data breaches, phishing, denial of service, are getting increasingly common. In a world that is heavily dependent on software, hackers are using ever-evolving methods to run cyber-attacks.
Businesses can prevent such attacks with a security audit. But assessing the businesses infrastructure, they will be able to mitigate the damage or altogether avoid it. Here are a few ways of conducting such audits.
- Real-life social engineering is carried out to assess the risk of a potential attack.
- Penetration Tests is used to simulate attacks. This helps in finding weak spots, code errors, and configuration issues.
- Web Application Security Assessment helps in assessing flows from misconfiguration, information leaks, authentication methods and poor error handling, etc.
- Secure Development Lifecycle process assessment finds out if there is industry level security is built in the apps.
- Compliance Verification– GDPR, HIPAA, SOX, PCI-DSS
- Third-party application checks are used to see if there are any security flaws from third-party applications.
Usability & Accessibility Audits
Active software’s can be subjected to usability audit. It is to see if there are any issues related to User Experience. Such audits consist of multiple UX experts analyzing the application’s features and looking for potential hindrances to UX.
Through these Audits, businesses can assess whether their app is comfortable and pleasant to use. Following are a few of the elements of usability and accessibility audits
- User Flow Analysis: It is done by going down a potential path of a user and looking for any obstacles and making sure the journey is as smooth as possible.
- Color Use Assessment: It is done to make sure the correct selection of shades and tints are used and insight into how users perceive the product.
- Cognitive Walkthrough: This checks the application in terms of completing various tasks.
- Heuristic Evaluation: It is a process where UX experts use pre-established rules called heuristics to measure the usability of the user interface.
Software Audits are a key retrospect every product needs to undergo. There is always room for improvement. It not only pinpoints the issues in a product’s architecture but also provides solutions for the weak spots.