Circle Company has asked you to submit a contract bid to render a professional opinion concerning the operation and control of the company’s database system. A centralized database is maintained, and these data are shared by all users. Users access the database using remote data terminals. All access to the database is controlled by a database software system. The information technology (IT) department includes a manager of operations and a manager of computer programming. Both these managers report to the head of the IT department. The head of the IT department reports to the controller. You visit the company to make a preliminary survey and review of the operation and control of the database system. During your visit to Circle, you review some of the database system documentation, observe some data terminal usage of the system, observe the operation of the IT department, and interview the head of the IT department. At the end of a very busy day, you return home with the following notes: a. Access to online data terminals is not restricted. Any type of transaction may be input from any terminal. b. Documentation of the database system is extensive. Complete system documentation is available to users and to IT personnel. c. The database software maintains a user authorization table. User passwords and access codes are assigned by user management and approved by the manager of computer programming. d. The database dictionary was established and is controlled by the manager
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