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Auditing IT Infrastructures for Compliance by Michael G. Solomon, Martin Weiss

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Chapter 11. Compliance Within the LAN-to-WAN Domain

TODAY'S INFORMATION SYSTEM ENVIRONMENTS are becoming more and more reliant on distributed architectures. In the past, clients, application software, and data tended to exist close to one another. As networks grew to be faster and more stable, clients and applications began to move away from centralized data storage. Now, networks are mature enough to support larger and larger spans between different elements that make up an application. It is common to see enterprise applications in which data, clients, and even segmented applications reside in completely different network environments.

The key to supporting such an environment depends on the ability to connect local resources on a local area ...

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