Downloading from AS/400 to Excel

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I have just being informed by a senior employee that it is wrong to download from AS/400 to Excel, that it gives the staff the opportunity to alter data. Please help with answers that I can use to table my case for either for or against. Reference please

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We “allow” our staff to do the same thing but they are expected to “check” the data and always ensure that for example if you are giving out invoice data that the “legal” document is the paper invoice or EDI invoice itself.

We also cover in their contracts and Company handbooks about misuse of data, data compliance etc

The “for” argument is customers\suppliers will always ask for data to improve matching, analysis etc and is quite efficient.

The “against” is someone who does not check this data, validate it is correct before sending

Based on your “colleagues” response I would restrict it to key and trustworthy individuals whose job it is to send “valuable” data

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  • CharlieBrowne
    If you allow users to download data to excel, the only altering they can do is to copies of the data. Not to the original as you as you do not allow them to upload it back.
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  • ToddN2000
    Downloading data won't change it. If you are concerned about the data make sure authority is set to not allow uploading. You can also use journaling to keep track of data changes. You may also want to limit downloads of sensitive data files like employee master files and the like.
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