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 Machine counts are foolproof and come with multiple fail-safes, double-checks and audit trails. Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, Sun Sentinel, 6 Jan. 2024 There’s also a post-election audit, which takes a sample of paper ballot cards from the voter verifiable paper audit trail and checks them manually. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Nov. 2022 Organizations gain instant audit trail visibility across all documents to ease control oversight and show evidence of compliance. Antti Nivala, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 An optical scan machine by nature has a paper record, and all direct record electronic machines must have a voter verifiable paper audit trail by July 1, 2024, according to state law. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Nov. 2022 Keris, the lawyer who specializes in defending hospitals in malpractice cases, said the back-end data stored in electronic medical record systems is remarkably complex, making any case involving an audit trail far more difficult and expensive for both plaintiffs and defendants. NBC News, 3 Mar. 2021 To that end, Palantir’s software was created with two primary security features: Users are able to access only information they are authorized to view, and the software generates an audit trail that, among other things, indicates if someone has tried to obtain material off-limits to them. Michael Steinberger, New York Times, 21 Oct. 2020 In addition, a consolidated audit trail that tracks activity across both on-premises networks and cloud environments provides better context and improved detection of anomalies and malicious behavior patterns. Hed Kovetz, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Workflow automation can also enable organizations to track information version history and immediately view an audit trail. Antti Nivala, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of audit trail was in 1954

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“Audit trail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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