Audit trial - Definition - Database

Q.  What is an audit trial? (Database)
- Published on 26 Aug 15

a. Used for making backup copies
b. The recorded history of operations performed on a file
c. Used for retrieving the lost information
d. All of the above

ANSWER: The recorded history of operations performed on a file


  • Nirja Shah   -Posted on 04 Nov 15
    - An audit trail (also called audit log) is a security-relevant chronological record, set of records, and/or destination and source of records that provide documentary evidence of the sequence of activities that have affected at any time a specific operation, procedure, or event.

    - Audit records typically result from activities such as financial transactions, scientific research and health care data transactions, or communications by individual people, systems, accounts, or other entities.

    - The process that creates an audit trail is typically required to always run in a privileged mode, so it can access and supervise all actions from all users; a normal user should not be allowed to stop/change it.

    - Trail file or database table with a trail should not be accessible to normal users.

    - Another way of handling this issue is through the use of a role-based security model in the software.

    - The software can operate with the closed-looped controls, or as a 'closed system,' as required by many companies when using audit trail functionality.

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