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

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How can Stripe be PCI-compliant?

According to the Stripe FAQ, they are PCI-compliant. Also, in their API documentation, one of the parameters to create a new card is the CVC (although, granted, it is optional). So, I assume they ...
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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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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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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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Does PA-DSS apply to a SaaS eCommerce system?

My company develops and hosts a custom eCommerce and CMS system. We provide this only under a hosted, software-as-a-service model. We are in full control of the hosting environment, and our customers ...
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What security controls should be in place for online updates of user's correspondance address?

Addresses are one of the key pieces of security information for an account. They're used for authentication, determine where statements go, and changing an address on an account provide enough ...
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What SSD maker has implemented Secure Erase to spec?

I have a Kingston hyperx drive circa 2012. I kicked off a secure erase on it. I then remounted the drive and was horrified (well, not really more like bemused) to see my whole parts of my old file ...
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Are Linux vendor-supplied security updates enough for PCI Compliance?

I have several systems that require PCI compliance, all of them are running CentOS 6.4 with all security updates applied daily. However, PCI compliance scanning will often reject detected versions of ...
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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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FIPS Compliance for my Android project

I am working on a security-related project and have to make sure it is FIPS 140-2 compliant. According to my understanding, FIPS compliance is compliance at hardware as well as software level. ...
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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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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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Conceptual design of vulnerability scanning program in global retail network (PCI DSS)

I am trying to design yearly program to scan for vulnerabilities on a very large network of payment terminals. The company has thousands of retail points all around the world which need to be ...
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Issues with the use of network surveillance tool in your company?

What issues will we face with the use of network surveillance tool in the company network with respect to the Telecommunication Interception Act and Privacy Act ? And what policies could be ...
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Nessus HTML5 version 5.0.3 - PCI Scan

I've been searching for a couple days, even contacting support, to find out if Nessus has a bundle that scans for PCI compliance. It selects all 44 categories and regardless of what kind of scan I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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HIPAA Compliance or What measures would you recommend to secure PHI for devs?

I work with a company that sells medical supplies and equipment. As part of this, we retain patient information or Protected Health Information (PHI). What measures have you taken when providing ...
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HIPAA: How am I required to secure PHI database access creds on my web server?

Assuming I have a database of PHI that my web application needs to access, how am I required to secure the credentials on the webserver that the web application uses to access this database? Is ...
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MS-SQL Monitoring/Auditing of PHI for HIPAA

We're currently looking for a solution (hardware or software-based) that can monitor and audit all PHI viewing activity per new HIPAA rules. We use MS-SQL for our production database. We have the ...
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How can IA-5(1)(b) be enforced on non-Windows systems?

I have a question posted already for this issue in Windows systems, and thought that non-Windows systems should perhaps be covered separately. In NIST SP 800-53 Rev. 3, IA-5 is the control addressing ...
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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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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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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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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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Does requiring users to fill out a PDF w/ CC information and mail it back violate PCI compliance?

I'm attempting to place an order with an American company and I reside outside of America. Upon placing the order (and already submitting payment) I received an email asking me to fill out a PDF ...
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Web application security standards/certificates

I'm currently working on Web application/service that (hopefully) will be used in a wide variety of ways. Of course I'm looking to attracting some commercial users as well, and as we all know, they ...
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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 apply FIPS to Microsoft Access database with custom VBA

As the software engineer on a project, I have been asked to make a Microsoft Access application, with custom interfaces running custom VBA. That part is going just fine. Recently though I was asked 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 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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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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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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If I host a web form which submits CC details to a provider, are there PCI implications form host?

I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts on a specific question I have. I read a lot about systems that 'store, process, submit' CC data requiring compliance. If I host a form on my website which ...
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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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What is the job of an IT auditor?

I am going through training in information security, as a part of the course they included compliance standards like: PCI DSS ISO 27001-2005 Cobit framework So after searching over Google, I came ...
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Server Certification Processes

We are considering a certification process for new internal server builds before they are allowed to be placed into production. That is, the system administration team will send the server up to the ...
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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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Which PCI SAQ would you say to use if you are neither a merchant nor service provider?

Low down: This client does zero with credit card data (no processing, no passing of it, nothing), but they do have a device often placed on the same network segment of a POS (Point of sale) system. ...
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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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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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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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In what situations are web services required to protect confidentiality of user information?

I know that if a web application needs to be PCI-DSS or HIPAA compliant the user personal identifiable information (e.g. user password, etc) needs to be kept confidential. Under what other situations ...
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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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Strange packets coming over wireless, looking for clues

While running airodump-ng in town, I have noticed an unusual type of AP or pseudo-AP. There is a steady stream of wireless beacon frames coming in on channel 6. The frames are valid, but have several ...
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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 ...