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Certified Data Centre Audit Professional (CDCAP) - Professional Unit (CDCAPP)

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CDCAP Professional Unit

Audit Preparation

  • Understand the importance of the business and key stakeholder demands
  • Understand the need for an effective audit structure
  • Understand the need to have an effective communication plan
  • Understand the need to identify areas of concern and potential improvements

Mechanical (Power and Cooling) Audit

  • Understand the electrical systems audit process
  • Understand how to conduct an audit
  • Understand the importance of power quality
  • Understand the Data Centre electrical distribution system
  • Understand electrical safety requirements in a Data Centre
  • Understand the Data Centre mechanical systems audit process
  • Understand what systems to audit are included in a Data Centre mechanical systems audit
  • Appreciate the value of Data Centre cooling metrics
  • Understand the importance of the chilled water cooling circuit
  • Understand the methods to conduct a cooling capacity check
  • Understand the importance of air management in a Data Centre
  • Understand the benefits of performing a Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD)

IT Infrastructure Audit

  • Understand how to plan an IT audit
  • Understand the different areas of an IT audit
  • Understand the audit demands of the computer, storage and network environments
  • Understand the supporting infrastructures that require to be audited

Security Audit

  • Understand the focus, segments and scope required to spell out security audit requirements
  • Understand the training, certifications and experience of potential security auditors or know where to look for guidance
  • Scope and types of security audits
  • Understand potential audit outcomes
  • Evaluate the security auditor’s report
  • Understand how to distribute and archive the security audit

Building and Support Services Audit

  • Understand the need to review the Building
  • Automation Systems (BAS) and site maintenance
  • Understand the key areas of measuring and monitoring
  • Understand the implementation of the fire containment plan and emergency requirements
  • Understand what support services are in place

Asset Management Audit

  • Appreciate the importance of asset management
  • Understand the need to develop an effective asset management strategy
  • Understand the asset management control options
  • Understand the impacts of MACs and decommissioning
  • Understand the financial implications

Process, Procedures and Working Practices Audit

  • Appreciate the structure of Data Centre policies, processes and procedures
  • Appreciate the need to review the policies, processes and procedures
  • Evaluate whether they are fit for purpose and actions to escalate non-compliance issues
  • Appreciate the industry guidance to improve the effectiveness of the processes and procedures
  • Appreciate the implementation of appropriate review cycles

Documentation Audit

  • Understand the need to incorporate documentation into the audit process
  • Understand the need for structured and accurate documentation
  • Understand external and internal compliance documentation
  • Understand how key operational structures are documented
  • Understand whether the documentation is ultimately ‘fit for purpose’

Audit Closure Process

  • Understand the need to effectively collate the audit data
  • Understand the need to implement an effective action plan incorporating all interested parties
  • Understand the need to have a structured approach to ensure a continual audit capability is implemented
 

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