Testing Systems and Equipment

Hardware should be tested when new to verify it is working correctly, and then further tests applied periodically to ensure continued effective functioning.

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  • Where new equipment is not tested for critical functions before being used, it can lead to failure and hence damage to both data and other linked systems.

  • Ensure that all new installations are thoroughly tested after initial setup and prior to live use.
  • All such tests should be in accordance with a documented test plan.

  • Inadequate testing can threaten the integrity and availability of your data.

  • Check the test outputs to confirm the results. Ensure that all key components, e.g. hard disk subsystems are included in the tests.
  • Devices that are known to degrade with time, e.g. printers, should be tested periodically.

  • Where testing is performed in a manner that does not simulate live conditions, the results of such testing cannot be relied upon.

  • Ensure that the test plan simulates realistic work patterns.

  • Poor security procedures during equipment testing can compromise the confidentiality of your data.

  • Ensure that Non Disclosure Agreements have been obtained from all third party staff involved in testing the equipment.
  • Verify that the required security configuration and safeguards have been implemented for the new hardware.
  • If live data is used in the testing process for the new hardware, ensure that it is closely controlled. See Use of Live Data for Testing.

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