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IT Auditing: Using Controls to Protect Information Assets by Kevin Wheeler, Mike Schiller, Chris Davis

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CHAPTER 4Auditing Data Centers and Disaster Recovery

Information technology (IT) processing facilities, usually referred to as data centers, are at the core of most modern organizations’ operations, supporting almost all critical business activities. In this chapter we will discuss the steps for auditing data center controls, including the following areas:

• Physical security and environmental controls

• Data center operations

• System and site resiliency

• Disaster preparedness

Background

Ever since the first general-purpose electronic computer (the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, or ENIAC) was created in 1946, computer systems have had specific environmental, power, and physical security requirements. Beginning in the late 1950s, ...

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