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Looking for advice for dual validating actions

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  • Looking for advice for dual validating actions

    I am needing to create a way to dual validate by two different users for each process in a narcotics tracking module we are including in our next software version. I will highlight the processes and am looking for advice, ideas or suggestions.

    When new vials of a narcotic is ordered, it needs to be approved/validated by two different personnel approved to do so. When it is delivered, it needs to be validated again by two different personnel, and when the narcotic is either administered, expired or submitted to the local DEA personnel to be destroyed it again needs to be validated by two personnel.

    My thought is to include a new field in the security tables called "PIN" which will be a 4-20 character password to serve as an electronic signature password. I realize there is no perfect way for this and passwords/PIN numbers CAN be discovered, but if the person enters their name from a dropdown and enters the correct PIN number then that is about as close as i we can get to confirming the users identity. Now that is for one person for a particular action, i still need to have another person do the same thing, select their name and enter their PIN for that action.
    So when the delivery arrives, i would use my PIN and who ever else is approved to validate the delivery would enter their PIN. So now i need to somehow document that the delivery process has been dual validated. I am trying to wrap my mind around how to accomplish this, but would like to get input from others who may have already crossed this bridge.

    I was thinking, probably wrong, but i would include 1 logical field and 2 char fields for each process that needs dual validation. the two char fields would be for the users PIN, or their name, which would be validated before saving and once there has been two correct validations, the logical field would be set to .t. so it would show that validation is completed.
    J.R.
    Epigate Software, LLC.

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    Re: Looking for advice for dual validating actions

    Wel maybe I am not understanding it.
    But suppose you have a status field.
    Status
    Delivered
    Delivered approved 1
    Delivered approved 2
    Administered approved 1
    Administered approved 2
    Etc.

    hth pieter

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      Re: Looking for advice for dual validating actions

      Create the aproveal transaction in a seperate Database and table use Pieter field examples
      Status
      Delivered
      Delivered approved 1
      Delivered approved 2
      Administered approved 1
      Administered approved 2

      your data fields

      add:
      transaction ID
      userid (encrypted)
      ip
      password (encrypted)
      PIN char(4) (encrypted)

      Further security optimalisation to store the reference userid,password plus pin in a seperate DB + table then from the DEA transaction record reference to a encrypted key link as FK in your admin(employee) that pickups the reference autorisation key from the external database. Check the FK key for tamper before transaction if there is no valid key authentification then lock the fk link key.
      Also force change of pin after 60 days and keep audit trail for changes. Next the DEA transaction table must have One Time Insert Transaction Level.

      This is just a example for howto if you need more help let me know
      Last edited by bea2701; 06-09-2012, 05:50 AM.

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