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3.1.2 Access decisions

Once the automated system is ready to use, decisions must be made regarding access to the system and the information it contains. For example, many individuals require the ability to access and view data, but not the ability to change or delete data. Even when computer systems have been designed to provide the ability to narrowly designate access authorities, a knowledgeable and responsible official must actually make those access decisions. The care that is taken in this process is a major determining factor of the level of security and control present in the system. If sensitive data is being transmitted over unprotected lines, it can be intercepted or passive eavesdropping can occur. Encrypting the files will make the data unintelligible and port protection devices will protect the files from unauthorized access, if warranted.

Denis Arnaud