Aspects of compliance with regulations, standards, laws, and policies.

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XCCDF check with SCE - Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11

I have written some compliance checks for Red Hat based systems with XCCDF. Some of my checks are OVAL definitions others are shell-scripts. It works great. The same checks don't work on an SLES 11 ...
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ISO 27001:2013 certification questions

Advice/opinion appreciated. Ultimately, our company would like to achieve ISO27001:2013 certification, but that is some way off. In the interim, we want to be able to get to the point whereby we can ...
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Who in UK I can report to if I know company is storing my password in plain text?

I live in UK, some time ago I wanted to login to my electric company account to check the bill and such, and I had forgotten my password - long story short I got my account locked and had to call ...
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Do I need PCI DSS compliance when using PayPal Express Checkout?

If I'm using PayPal Express Checkout on my website, am I required to be PCI DSS compliant? PayPal says "With Website Payments Standard, Online Invoicing, Express Checkout and Website Payments Pro ...
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Does our support chat need to be HIPAA compliant? [closed]

We are currently using olark to provide an instant chat support feature to our customers. Customer typically ask about outages, setup issues, etc. We are in the process of trying to become HIPAA ...
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Does ISO 27001 allow a company to use FTP?

On a project I had to use unsecured FTP to connect to the hosting provider - not SFTP, not FTPS. The hosting provider proudly claims it's ISO 27001 certified. Somehow this all seemed quite wrong to ...
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Should I have special emoticon handling for compliance, audit and logging?

I'm required to audit various communications (email, sms, messenger, social media) for keywords relating to financial data, HIPPA, and other PII. Is there any rational reason I should extend my ...
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New EU Data protection Law and small businesses

I'm aware of the new EU law changes regarding data protection. As a security consultant for an IT company who manages multiple other companies systems, i was hoping someone might be able to clarify a ...
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PCI SAQ C 1.2.1, 1.3.5 and remote server/software

I'm hoping someone here can help me. I'm attempting to get the small nonprofit I work at PCI compliant, as we have been paying an additional $20/month in noncompliance fees to our processor since we ...
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FIPS 140-2 Compliance vs Validation & Products vs. Modules vs. Ciphers

Some vendors appear to advertise their products as using "FIPS 140-2 compliant algorithms & ciphers". However, some of these products cannot be found on the NIST website that lists validated ...
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Interviews with staff members about privacy and security policies relevant to their positions

I am currently working to help a bunch of small pharmacies remain compliant and one of the requirements is: Interviews with staff members about privacy and security policies relevant to their ...
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PCI Compliance SAQ-A-EP or SAQ D

Our eCommerce wesbite attracts less than 5000 CC transactions each year and we do no store any CC information in our backend or systems but transmit them to our third party provider. We also use a ...
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Are there any type safe languages with deterministic compilers?

This article about BIND9 concludes with the statement: The point I'm trying to make here is that BIND9 should not be exposed to the public. It has code problems that should be unacceptable in ...
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Are there any examples of when personal email data can be brought into a lawsuit involving a corporation?

If users bring their own device (BYOD) and they have corporate Exchange (or Goodlink email) on that device, could the other email accounts on that device be open to a legal search? Would the SMS ...
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What are the compliance requirements or standards for a non-US firm hosting personal data in the US?

I work for a head hunting company with offices in Canada and Asia. We migrated our custom built CRM system from our own servers hosted in Japan to an Amazon hosting service meaning that all our data ...
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PCI 3.1 - SAQ D - Supporting Servers

For the past year and a half now, I've been working as the sole individual at a small retail hardware store trying to attain proper (read: not checkbox) compliance, and I am beginning to enter the ...
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Additional virtual security? [closed]

Besides following VMware's security best practices, are there any other recommended security technologies that are aimed at security and compliance in virtual environments? Vormetric comes to mind, ...
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Store and protect details for software licenses

Assuming that a license can be a key (XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX), a file (license.xml or whatever), or a login for a dashboard on the vendor website, how would be a standard way to store and secure those ...
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Are internal patient identifiers considered PHI under HIPAA?

We use GUIDs to internally to identify patients in our system. I'm having a debate with our regulatory people on whether these identifiers can be used in query strings to REST calls. They are ...
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PCI DSS 3.0 and card swipe terminals for our merchants

We run an online software service that collects and transmits card transactions for small merchants. They use card swipe terminals connected to their business PCs that direct the traffic straight ...
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Is zinc.io PCI compliant (/does it need to be)?

zinc.io provides shopping API to programmatically purchase items on Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart to name a few. A brief observation of its API tells us credit card information is definitely being ...
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How do I audit the effect of security policy on a computer?

I have developed different templates for local security policy. I have been using the program Nexpose to test the effects of those security policies but so far I am not able to detect the visible ...
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Is there a fine for not doing penetration / vulnerability test [closed]

If a company needs to be PCI compliant are there any fines levied on them if they don't do pen/vulnerability testing, if yes, is it an automatic fine, or is it only if they are caught. Understanding ...
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Is PCI SAQ A or A-EP applicable for my use case?

I read the FAQ over here andI feel that we do not need to be PCI Compliance but I have read many other posts, articles etc which seem to contradict my assumption. So I was wondering if any of you guys ...
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In what cases can overly strict security policies be detrimental to organisations?

In a philosophical sense is heterogeneous security, a system where people are given more autonomy, better than security policies/procedures written in stone? I've worked at some companies where ...
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Which security documents do providers typically share with their customers?

In the context of managed/cloud hosting, what level of information does a provider typically share (under NDA) with its customers for compliance audit/3rd party risk assessment purposes? What are ...
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Linux random number compliance

Not sure if this is the right forum, and I am pretty sure that his must have been answered before (I searched a lot but I haven't found a definitive answer). Do the Linux random number generators ...
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Open source tools to run generic audit of user entitlements? [closed]

Over the past years, my team has been asked to conduct audits/reviews for other teams. Most of these audits have been compliance-driven and almost all of them have followed the same format: some group ...
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Would an IM app server holding user's messages long after the content was delivered be an issue of personal data protection? [closed]

Take a IM app like WhatsApp. If I send a message to another user while their client is offline, the server holds the message and then delivers it when the receiver's client goes online. It even has ...
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Viewing PCI data via 3rd party sites securely

I'm working on a project that requires PCI protected data (card PIN numbers) to be made visible to customers, via a Third Party (a non PCI compliant) company site. The hierarchy is as follows: Us ...
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For FDA certification hipaa is mandatory?

I am working on a medical device. I want to FDA certification for it. The device is having ePHI (protected health information). So is it mandatory to have HIPAA compliance for FDA approval?
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iFrame or Tokenization for Credit card transactions [closed]

My company is currently processing less than 4000 Credit Card transactions a year and we are a level 4 organization. I see that we are storing the credit card data in one of our databases but the PAN ...
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Possible for Lync (Skype for Business) to adopt Activesync-style policies?

My compliance manager recently told me that Lync IMs should be treated as e-mail for compliance purposes. This also made me realize that our other email policies (encrypted device, pin required, ...
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Determining PCI DSS SAQ level

I have a B2B SaaS that my clients then use with their own customers to gather data in a face-to-face scenario with iPads, I would like to expand it to take credit card details. The credit card details ...
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What documentation can I ask a vendor for to show HIPAA compliance

Over the past year, several vendors I've contracted with have claimed hipaa compliance. I have asked them for documentation of their compliance and I've never seen any. I would expect an audit ...
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Level 4 merchants becoming PCI Compliant

I was prompted recently to take a deeper look into some of the PCI requirement information, and I have found some pretty serious discrepancies with regard to the reporting obligations of Level 4 ...
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Is storing CVV compliant with PCI standards?

From personal, job-related experience I know that many "Booking Engines" store the CVV info for customers' credit cards from the time a reservation is made until the time the guest leaves the hotel. ...
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Difference between hardening guides (CIS, NSA, DISA)

I'm researching OS hardening and it seems there are a variety of recommended configuration guides. I realize the different configuration providers supply different offerings per Operating System, but ...
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Question regarding browser windows when integrating with 3rd party payment software

I've been told that when integrating with a 3rd party payment gateway, the other website's window should not be opened in an iFrame or a separate window - that the current application window itself ...
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Must the distinguished subject name of an issued SSL Certificate match that of the generated Certificate Signing Request?

For example: from Issued SSL Certificate: CN = abc.com.my, OU = Room, O = House, C = MY from generated CSR: CN = abc.com.my, OU = Room , O = House, L = KL, ST = KL , C = MY Is it legal for a ...
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What is the danger or downside of using online/cloud web app scanner vs on premise ones?

Cloud scanners are becoming more common these days. Pricing is a lot cheaper than on premise scanners. My concern with cloud scanners is that they store sensitive information on 3rd party network. (I ...
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security reviews of third party code

I am not familiar with all the steps involved in a full-fledged information security review of an in-house developed application, so I am wondering whether or not the following scenario is ...
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Compliant login process

Working with a developer to update a login system through a web-UI: Currently, we use: Enter login ID Goes through Challenge/Step-up Based on results: Challenge/Step-up User is presented the ...
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Is PCI Compliance mandatory?

I recently started working on an eCommerce addition to a site I'm working on.In my research looking for a way to do SSL without a certificate/a free certificate I came across PCI Compliance.I have ...
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Why do we trust organizations that certificate ISO 27001?

I've been asked why do we trust organizations that certifies ISO 27001? From where did they get the authority and recognition to be able to certify ISO 27001? For example, I can start a certification ...
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Does HDCP impose HD-playback restrictions for sinks?

In order to be HDCP compliant, a source can only output HDCP-encrypted digital HD content. However, is the opposite true for HDCP sinks? In order to be HDCP compliant, should a sink only accept to ...
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Compliance with an industry recognized framework - ISO27k

I've been asked to figure out how to get our company to comply with an "Industry Recognized [Security] Framework" where '“Industry Recognized Framework” means a global industry recognized information ...
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HIPAA compliant on Azure cloud? [closed]

We are using WebRoles to host our api, Table storage to persist PHI and Blob Storage to persist MRIs and CT images. What is required to become HIPAA Compliant? -- Edit 2014-02-17 -- I just want to ...
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When does a PA-DSS certified application expire?

When you search the PCI website for validated payment applications it shows a re-validation date and an expiry date. There is also two categories of payment applications, "Acceptable for new ...
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Questions about in-scope information assets for an ISO27001 ISMS

I am in the process of writing a Scope for the information assets - in preparation for writing an ISO27001 compliant ISMS. I am confused as to if a VPN network is considered to be in Scope? as well ...