audit log (AL)

An audit log is a document that records an event in an information (IT) technology system.

An audit log is a document that records an event in an information (IT) technology system.

In addition to documenting what resources were accessed, audit log entries usually include destination and source addresses, a timestamp and user login information.

Regulations such as HIPPA, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and the Sarbanes Oxley Act have specific mandates relating to audit logs.

See also: audit trail

 

This was first published in June 2013

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