Definition of audit trail in English:

audit trail

Syllabification: au·dit trail


  • 1A system that traces the detailed transactions relating to any item in an accounting record: with no satisfactory audit trail, not all overpayments had been identified
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    • Proper paperwork such as a purchase order has to be presented in order to provide a proper audit trail for all payments going out.
    • Awarding authorities must fully document the reasons why a particular procedure has been chosen and provide a clear and reasoned audit trail.
    • An audit trail or other record of all processes should be created and preserved such that a third party might examine such processes and achieve the same result.
  • 1.1 Computing A record of the changes that have been made to a database or file: you must be able to provide a complete audit trail of user activity across all these systems
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    • Organizations have no choice but to implement solutions that can deliver clear audit trails of user activity across the organization.
    • Senders can create a secure audit trail by logging each message with a signature that can be verified post-transaction.
    • Like a conventional crime scene, PCs contain evidence and an audit trail of user activity.

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