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CISA® Certified Information Systems Auditor®: Study Guide, Third Edition by David Cannon

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Understanding Policies, Standards, Guidelines, and Procedures

A plethora of documentation exists in the operation of any organization. Management uses this documentation to specify operating and control details. Consistency would be impossible without putting this information into writing.

Organizations typically have four types of documents in place:

Policies Simply stated, a policy is an executive mandate to identify a topic containing particular risks to avoid or prevent. Policies are high-level documents signed by a person of significant authority with the power to force cooperation. The policy is a simple document stating that a particular high-level control objective is important to the organization’s success. Policies may be only one ...

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