Let's first look at the book Microsoft Windows Security Essentials:
... the three As (AAA) of security: authentication, authorization, and accounting ... they combine to contribute to reliable accountability within an organization.
I'm a bit confused here, since it seems accountability is different than accounting, and it also includes authentication and authorization! OK, let's go on.
Some other references take auditing to be equivalent to accounting, while others consider auditing as a means of accounting.
Finally, what is the difference between "security logs" and "security audit trail"?
Please, if you can, provide me with a reliable reference, which defines the terms.