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I am wondering if IT Auditors use a methodology or framework to audit a backup policy.

Here is a example of a different kind incase my question does not make sence:

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A programmer may use a methodology which refers to the 'Waterfall Method' in relation to their design/ approach. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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The simple answer is yes - auditors tend to use frameworks as it makes the work repeatable year-on-year and consistent. But I don't understand the rest of your question - can you provide more context. –  Rory Alsop Jan 27 '12 at 14:11
    
I think in terms of IT ISO20001 is something which is tested against for management. I have found out that they follow a typical audit check list to test there systems. –  Jonathon Legg Jan 27 '12 at 15:45
    
What I meant was, what specifically are you asking for in your question? Examples of the types of frameworks? There are many! –  Rory Alsop Jan 27 '12 at 17:08

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It depends on the industry. Healthcare? Retail?

For instance, Healthcare has accreditation bodies like Joint Commission who primarily rely on HIPAA as a guide. Retail is expected to follow PCI standards to protect customer financial data (like credit card information).

Ultimately, all backup audits will typically look at several key concerns:

  • backup frequency
  • maximum Return to Operation time using current backup method
  • Data retention policies
    • some industries require a minimum retention time
  • Security of the backup media
    • physical security
    • offsite storage
    • encryption

Obviously, there may be other concerns, but those are the highlights.

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