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CISSP For Dummies, 4th Edition by Peter Gregory, Lawrence Miller

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Audit Trails

Audit trails are the auxiliary records that are created which record transactions and other events. Of the many reasons for having audit trails, here are a few:

check.png Enforcement of accountability: Employees tend to be more accountable for their actions when they know that audit trails capture the details of those actions.

check.png Investigation: Investigators who need to trace the actions of an individual’s activities can rely on audit trails to see what that person did.

check.png Event reconstruction: Analysts may need to understand and reconstruct a complex event. Without audit trails, event reconstruction could be an exercise in futility.

check.png Problem identification: Audit trails can help an analyst or engineer identify and rectify the root cause of a problem.

Anatomy of an audit record

The basic components of an audit record ...

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