Separation of Duties

Separation of Duties involves dividing roles and responsibilities to minimize the risk of a single individual subverting a system or critical process without detection. 

The classic example used in Separation of Duties is the United States’ government which is broken up into three branches of government (Legislative, Executive, and Judicial).  This was the wisdom used by the founding fathers so that one branch did not hold all the power to govern the people, not even the US president. This is called “separation of powers”; similarly in business, the Accounts Payable is often separated from the Accounts Receivable to “separate duties” and require collusion for company funds to be misappropriated.

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