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From: WALI <hkhasgiwale () gmail com>
Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2007 10:18:09 +0400


So, I have been asked to undertake security auditing of a financial application, whose source code we have recently acquired. The application is written in D2K with oracle backend.

As I understand it, boss wants security procedures laid out before we start to implement this application across our branches in various countries. Also, he doesn't want any haphazard development to start whenever any changes are asked by accounts dept.

How should I start? Well, I can start to outline Change Management procedures that would be followed. Segregation of duties between various levels of developers, quality assurance, app admin etc. That's generic.

Then what? I am a novice when it comes to accounting and finance. Should I define workflows within dept. of accounting? Should I sit with accountants and other users and get deep into various things they do and then look deeply inside each module of this finance application in order to study General Ledgers, Journal Vuchers, Accounts recievables/payables etc. That would take months!!

Is there any set checklist for such kind of application auditing?
Any/all inputs would be highly appreciated. Please take some time out to enlighen me!!


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