Getting started with McAfee Policy Auditor McAfee Policy Auditor is an extension to McAfee ePO software versions 4.5, 4.6, and 5.0, which automates the process for risk and compliance system audits. Audits can perform tasks such as check system settings, including password length, open or closed ports, file changes, and the presence of software updates. Introduction to compliance auditsBefore using McAfee Policy Auditor, it is important to understand what audits are, when you must use them, and why you must use them. Auditing systemsAn audit is an independent evaluation of a computer system to determine whether it is in compliance with corporate and industry security standards. Audit results show recommended improvements to reduce risks. Software components and what they do McAfee Policy Auditor installs components that help you analyze systems for compliance with recognized, open-source standards and standards that you can create yourself. Use of McAfee ePO features McAfee Policy Auditor is an extension of the McAfee ePO software, and uses and relies on many of its features. Managed systems versus unmanaged systemsKnowing how McAfee Policy Auditor classifies systems on your network is important for setting up and using the product, and for using its features. McAfee Policy Auditor uses two system classifications: Managed systems and unmanaged systems.