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Part II: Auditing Techniques > Auditing Applications

Chapter 13. Auditing Applications

Each application is unique, whether it supports financial or operational functions, and therefore each has its own unique set of control requirements. It is impossible to document specific control requirements that will be applicable to every application. However, in this chapter, we will describe some general control guidelines that should be pertinent to any application regardless of its function, programming language, and technology platform. The following topics are discussed in this chapter:

  • Essential components of application audits

  • How to drill down into possible issues with frameworks and key concepts

  • Detailed steps for auditing applications, including the following:

    • Input controls

    • Interface controls

    • Audit trails

    • Access controls

    • Software change controls

    • Backup and recovery

    • Data retention and classification and user involvement


  

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