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Audit Trail

Last updated: February 16, 2017

What Does Audit Trail Mean?

An audit trail, in the context of IT, is a chain of evidence in the form of hard or electronic business transactions or communications resulting from business processes, functions or programming executions.

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Techopedia Explains Audit Trail

An audit trail describes the chronological sequence of transactions, communications or both, and serves as a tool for facilitating financial or legal research and investigations to verify that all involved parties are fair, honest and truthful.

An audit trail may involve a specific purchase, sale or instance of noncompliance and includes a number of applications across a variety of fields, including:

  • Telecommunications
  • Information security/auditing
  • Communication security/auditing
  • Accounting (hard copy or electronic documentation)
  • Medical investigations
  • Research investigations
  • Legal investigations
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