SAS 70

Sep 10 2008   12:16AM GMT

11th Commandment – Thou shalt perform the data backup process. – SAS70

Keith Harrell Profile: SAS70ExPERT

SAS 70 SAS70

It’s Monday at 9am, Your server data has been lost. You ask for the backup tape to perform the restore and determine that Friday night backup process failed. You don’t want to start the week off by committing such a sin as to not follow the 11th commandment. The backup data process must occur according to your company schedule and any identified failures should be noted and resolved. In addition, don’t make the mistake of keeping your backup tape on-site. A SAS70 audit that focuses on computer operations will examine your processes to confirm that you are adequately performing data backups. The SAS 70 audit will monitor your compliance with your Company policy – are you required to perform full or incremental backups? How do you know that your backup process was successful? A daily log should be received to indicate which file directories and files were backed up and if it was successful. In addition, your backup software should perform a verification process. When an auditor performs the SAS70 audit, one of the common mistakes by the Management is to forget to review the backup log. Who is in charge of your backup process?

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