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AI7.4 - Test Environment

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Test Environment

Define and establish a secure test environment representative of the planned operations environment relative to security, internal controls, operational practices, data quality and privacy requirements, and workloads.

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  • Minimised business interruptions in production
  Risk Drivers
  • Insufficient testing using automated test scripts
  • Performance problems undetected
  • System security compromised

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  1. Ensure that the test environment is representative of the future operating landscape, including likely workload stress, operating systems, necessary application software, database management systems, and network and computing infrastructure found in the production environment.
  2. Ensure that the test environment is secure and incapable of interacting with production systems.
  3. Create a database of test data that are representative of the production environment. Sanitise data used in the test environment from the production environment according to business needs and organisational standards (e.g., consider whether compliance or regulatory requirements oblige the use of sanitised data).
  4. Protect sensitive test data and results against disclosure, including access, retention, storage and destruction. Consider the effect of interaction of organisational systems with those of third parties.
  5. Put in place a process to enable proper retention or disposal of test results, media and other associated documentation to enable adequate review and subsequent analysis as required by the test plan. Consider the effect of regulatory or compliance requirements.

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Any suggestions for compensating control guidance for when you do not have an IT test environment to support the DESIGN & DEV IT control elements?
Kenneth692 | 12/8/2017 2:48:05 PM | COMMENTS(0)
 Hi, I am currently auditing a oracle EBS implementation and I need to test the segregation of testing and the production environments, How can I approach that ? Thanks 
DinaSNassar | 4/8/2015 12:44:07 PM | COMMENTS(0)

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