audit trail


Definition of audit trail

: a record of a sequence of events (such as actions performed by a computer) from which a history may be reconstructed

Examples of audit trail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Is there an audit trail to see where data originated, how it was aggregated and how it is being used? Aaron Burciaga, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 Doing this effectively requires maintaining control over all their data, minimizing the surface area of exposure and enabling a rich audit trail. Joe Gaska, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 Enterprise applications have traditionally supported basic security measures that include password authentication, authorization based on user privileges and an audit trail. Shankar Kambhampaty, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 The lawsuit claims that LMPD still has not turned over an audit trail of the footage from the body cameras, as requested by Aguiar's office on June 1. ABC News, 9 July 2021 With bitcoin, there’s no oversight and no audit trail — and that’s supposed to be a plus? Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2021 The audit trail identifies the time the footage was recorded; the user; the device name, ID and serial number; plus the identity of anyone accessing footage, the time it was accessed and how it was handled, the suit states. Aya Elamroussi And Kay Jones, CNN, 9 July 2021 The audit trail would identify key details, including time of the recordings, the user and the identity of anyone who accessed the footage, according to the lawsuit. ABC News, 9 July 2021 The blockchain can provide this immutable audit trail confirming the provenance of the source. Jemma Green, Forbes, 19 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of audit trail

1954, in the meaning defined above

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