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

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Is it common practice to log rejected passwords?

While selecting unique passwords for each purpose is a great idea, in practice this rarely happens. Therefore many select passwords from a personal pool of passwords that are easily remembered. When ...
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Facebook changed the default email address for every contact. How do I mitigate the impact and risk?

Facebook created a problem for regulated industries and Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) by changing the default outgoing SMTP address for every contact to a @Facebook.com address. This is an ...
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What drives FIPS140-2 compliance?

I guess this questions is directed at Product Managers, but I would be very interested to learn what people in the know think. What are the most common factors that drives FIPS140-2 compliance for ...
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Are there any FIPS140-2 requirements that apply when boot code is updated in the field?

FIPS140-2 standard specifies the following conditional test to be performed by the cryptographic module if software or firmware components can be externally loaded into a cryptographic module: ...
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Evaluating hosting providers for CC development environment

An organization that develops software that may be subject to security evaluations such as Common Criteria is looking to externalize part of its IT infrastructure, including critical components such ...
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A SW system constructed with Microsoft CNG can be FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Compliant?

We have to design and construct a system that signs files with sensible data, like evidences/proofs. The sign process is simple, basically calculate MD5 of the file content and encrypt the MD5 result ...
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How to backup database to comply with UK data protection act?

Charity has a server in their office onto which they backup a database with sensitive information. They want to get rid of this server. Is there a cost effective solution that would allow them to ...
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How can I assess the strength of user passwords in my office environment?

I want to assure the compliance of password policy in my office. Environment Intro My environment is all windows based (server 2003/2008) user base is not more than 400 employees. Nearly 90% of all ...
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What actions should be taken by site according to Data Protection legislations?

Many countries have data protection legislation: Data Protection Directive in EU Data Protection Act 1998 in UK privacy laws in USA Web application may have registration form where fields for ...
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Industrial security — resources for ISO27k compliance, social-engineering trend reports

I'm attempting to compile resources on industrial IT security from a non-technical standpoint as it pertains to the U.S petrochemical industry. This is for my final research paper as an undergraduate ...
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Is storing card details without the permission of the card holder against PCI DSS?

I've bought something from an online store, and when entering the card details, it sent the details to their server through a HTTPS connection, which I then assume they forwarded to their provider - ...
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PCI DSS requirement 6.4.2 separation of duties between development/test environments

6.4.2 Is there separation of duties between personnel assigned to the development/test environments and those assigned to the production environment? What does the separation of duties here mean? ...
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What is the best way to get a third party audit done of website security?

I have a website that needs to be PCI compliant. I have coded it using the guidelines but to be safe i wanted to get a third party audit done where this individual who runs a IT security firm and ...
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What security features and qualifications should we look for in an online backup provider?

What security features and qualifications should we look for in an online backup provider for an Internet-exposed web server storing sensitive data? In the backups themselves - encryption type, ...
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Can I instruct a Telco to prevent 2G connections from our phones?

Given that 2G is proven to be insecure (broken) at DefCon, is it possible for a Corporate IT department to work with the Telco and ban 2G connections for their devices? Some cell phones are unable to ...
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Help with scope clarification of PCI requirement 8.5.15

Section 8.5.15 reads: If a session has been idle for more than 15 minutes, require the user to re-enter the password to re-activate the terminal. Section 8 Accompanying note reads: These ...
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The point of PCI 1.3.1 through 1.3.3

In expansion to my previous question what qualifies as public access? I'm trying to wrap my head around the intent of the points 1.3.1 and 1.3.2 and 1.3.3 of the PCI standard. I have four DMZs at my ...
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Cloud-specific standards and regulations

Not specific to any particular industry or requirements, but in general - are there currently commonly accepted standards regarding cloud-based applications? I* am developing a system that will be ...
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Information Security standards in corporations

I'm developing a web based application. I want to create it so that it could be adopted by teams within corporations and large organisations that have tight IS standards. The initial organisations ...
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Is BitLocker on a virtual machine FIPS 140-2 security level 1 compliant?

BitLocker can be used as a cryptographic module to fulfill FIPS 140-2 security level 1 compliance. What if the encrypted drive is on a virtual machine, is that still FIPS 140-2 compliant? In one ...
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What cryptographic module does Sql Server 2008 use to run in Fips 140-2 compliant mode by default?

One can configure Sql Server 2008 to run in FIPS 140-2 compliant mode, in the same manner as running Bitlocker in FIPS 140-2 compliant mode. Which is to activate FIPS 140-2 compliant mode in the ...
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Credit card storage, hashes, truncation, encrypted data

I'm trying to figure out a way to meet multiple business requirements that don't seem to go well in hand in terms of security: store encrypted card data associated with customer accounts for ...
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What does “if the Crypto Officer performs this operation” mean in this BitLocker security policy?

In the document Windows Server 2008 R2 BitLocker™ Drive Encryption Security Policy For FIPS 140-2 Validation, in the section 6.1.2 FIPS 140-2 Security Rules bullet point 2 it says: BitLocker™ will ...
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Is BitLocker on a virtual machine still FIPS 140-2 compliant?

BitLocker can be used as a cryptographic module to fulfill FIPS 140-2 security level 1 compliance. In a common setup, USB thumb drives can be used to unlock drives encrypted by BitLocker on startup. ...
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Are TPM chips or the equiavlent required for FIPS 140-2 security level 1 compliance?

A 'TPM chip' is: a secure cryptoprocessor that can store cryptographic keys that protect information FIPS 140-2 requires a cryptographic module, which can be hardware, software, or both that ...
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Do I need to password-protect an “Electronic Copy” of health information given to a patient on e-media?

I'm struggling to find good documentation regarding requirements around security and encryption of patient clinical information when delivered to a patient in electronic format. Patient portals, ...
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What compliance problem does “Common Criteria Certification” solve?

It has been said Common Criteria solves a "Compliance problem, and not a security problem". Can someone explain where CC certification is required or benefits an industry? Is it simply a marketing ...
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Enterprise Encryption Considerations

What are the different aspects to consider for Enterprise Encryption policy? So far the resources I have are: https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Cryptographic_Storage_Cheat_Sheet ...
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Security evaluation: what is there apart from common criteria?

ACME makes a product that is used in some security-sensitive applications. There are no particular security regulations or industry standards in the domain of this product. ACME's business arm would ...
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When storing private identifying information in a web application, what is “industry standard” best practices? [closed]

I am building a hosted (SaaS) web application that stores PII like name, email address, and employer of the user. As of right now, I don't intend to ever store credit card numbers or bank account ...
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Any place where I can find some template or base documents for IT/Infosec Compliance?

We're facing an audit and we are sorely lacking in documentation regarding information security policies. I've done some Googling and have been surprised by the difficulty of finding a good "template" ...
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How do I secure my advertisement space against ad overlay browser attachments?

I don't really have an issue with advertisements simply being blocked by individual users who are visiting a customers site or my own site. As an individual you have the freedom to choose not to look ...
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Is Google Analytics HIPAA compliant? How can I find out?

I'd really like to implement Google Analytics at my work on web software that is required to be HIPAA compliant. But I'm wondering if it's against the rules. Does anyone know how I can find out? I've ...
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Data Protection in EU for usage of personal documents

I don't know if this question fits into this forum or not. Is there some template documents that comply with the EU regulations for Data Protection and Privacy that I can reuse / (get them signed by ...
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Do HIPAA Security Officers face personal liability for breaches?

The role of HIPAA Security Officer is very important in maintaining compliance. In smaller organizations, there's overlap in employees' roles, so the person that ends up as the HIPAA Security Officer ...
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HIPAA compliance in web forums?

If a website has a private forum (membership is not free) where people may ask health questions and paid Doctors are around to answer them, do normal HIPAA compliance rules apply? In any forum, ...
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How to Get and Set Digital Signatures with FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Standards

How do I get and set digital signatures with the 21 CFR part 11 standards as defined by the Food&Drug Administration of the USA?
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Is a “SAS 70 Type II” audited host SEC compliant?

From what I have read and known, SEC compliance is quite vague. It is best to be addressed in a strong manner, but when it comes to hosting in third-parties, the only way for you to prove their ...
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Storing credit cards for automatic payments?

I have no experience with storing credit cards and I do not know anything about the legal end of this. The company I work for / develop for wants to store credit cards to process auto payments for ...
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Certifiable standards for server security, besides PCI-DSS?

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard is widely used in the financial industry and seems to be a useful requirement from the standpoint of a potential customer (see also Does PCI compliance ...
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Is Common Criteria (CC) a suitable standard to certify web applications

I never came across a web application that has been certified according to Common Critera. As far as I know there isn't even a protection profile available for web applications. What is the reason ...
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Is this set-up PCI-Compliant?

Question: Is there a way to store credit card information on a shared hosting server AND be PCI compliant? Here is the setup: 1) SSL is being implemented for the whole checkout process and for the ...
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Storing account numbers and sort codes online

There are a lot of questions on storing credit card information, and of how PCI SSC/PA-DSS regulations apply to such activities and systems. I have read a lot of these, but my question relates to a ...
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Has anyone achieved PCI compliance on AWS?

All the FAQs, documents and statements published by AWS aside, did any Level 1 merchant or service provider actually achieve PCI compliance on AWS yet? We're evaluating moving some of our services to ...
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Whistleblowing, business ethics and credit card data

I'm writing this post as I'm facing a personal, ethical dillemma and I would like feedback on the best way to approach this situation, particularly from a philosophical point of view. I work for a ...
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Is PCI DSS applicable to other solutions than those dealing with payment cards?

According to this quote from "applicability" section of PCI DSS it's not: The primary account number is the defining factor in the applicability of PCI DSS requirements. PCI DSS requirements ...
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Store To Store communication through MPLS VPN

In a PCI environment with an MPLS VPN network setup should you allow store to store communication? Do you think that an MPLS network would be consider secure enough for this? why or why not?
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Question of importance of FIPS in security implementations

I am by far, no security expert but I experience on the subject working in Java (JCA,JCE and JSSE). Anyway, recently there was a discussion about FIPS compliance. I looked into this and SUN's ...
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New credit card security standards regarding PA-DSS Compliance

The new credit card standards including PA-DSS can be quite confusing for software companies. My question is this: If your software company designs a POS software system (like we do) which utilizes ...
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How can one easily determine which IT Security related regulations apply?

Joe Tech gets a job managing Acme Startup's IT services. Acme Startup handles information of X, Y, and Z data types, and offers services A, B, and C. Joe Tech is aware that some of these data types ...