A set of rules for employees of a corporation related to the use of information technology equipment and systems.

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What issues are most important to cover in Corporate Security Policy?

What about a Privacy Policy? Both internal, and external.
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Does IT policy apply to the Board of Directors? What policies do apply?

What is your experience with applying IT policy to the Board of Directors? Please mention the country and industry you have experience in, since the advice you're sharing may or may not be the same ...
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How to check that passwords are not stored in a readable format

I'm writing a plan to audit my password policy, and I was stuck on one of my policy controls which was making sure that No password should be stored in a readable format. What is the best practice ...
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Why would configuring a Blackberry to turn radio off when charging help with security?

A friend's work Blackberry is configured so that phone and Internet access are disabled while the device is charging. I assumed this was a fault, but apparently it's a deliberate security policy. Has ...
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How can i deal with management who want 'Domain Admin' access?

While I primarily work with penetration testing for my company (A small/medium sized company with approx 50 employees), I'm also a part time member of their sys-admins team (it's handy to keep up-to ...
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Laptop battery dies, only IT is allowed to access machine after plugging in

Apparently, my company has a security policy that states that if a laptop's battery dies (that is, uses up all charge because it's unplugged), the laptop gets locked and a domain administrator has to ...
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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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Security Manager job description

I work in a growing, family owned business. The company has 300 employees and has landed some big clients who require major policy changes in order to give us their continued business. Among those ...
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Restricting access to “hacking” sites and tools

I tried following a link from a post on this site and discovered that insecure.org is blocked by our internet proxy. What are the potential benefits and risks of allowing access to such sites to ...
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Standards for hiring trusted personnel - American or Canadian Government?

Is anyone familiar with an ISO standard outlining the hiring of labour for vendors being hired by DHS or Canadian government? I've found security standards but nothing for hiring practices. Edit for ...
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Clarification needed for NIST's whitepaper “Recommendation for Password-Based Key Derivation”

What are some sample use-cases the NIST is supporting in this policy / whitepaper regarding PBKDF2? This Recommendation specifies a family of password-based key derivation functions (PBKDFs) ...
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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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Is there a domain specific language for security policies

Is there a domain specific language popular for defining security policies that are applicable across systems, domains or enterprises ? Edit: Typically to express security policies at network level ...
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Is viewing applied group policy on a client PC not considered a minor security breach?

A client on a company can run commands and view the Group Policy settings applied to his own account and computer. The commands are: gpresult (and all of its variants) rsop.msc In my opinion, ...
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Server situated on two physical networks - Bad idea or not

The run down: Windows Server A (from here on referred to as 'the server') exists on the corporate network (ref as Corporate). A separate physical network exists for the Telecommunications Department ...
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How to convince the boss of an Acceptable Use Policy

So I know what SHOULD be in an AUP. This question circulates more around how do I explain to my bosses the importance of having an AUP and ensuring everyone not only knows of it but understands the ...
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Loss of hardware asset(such as a laptop) that belongs to an organization

What should an organization do if an employee loses their laptop owned by the company. The laptop is used for business purposes, has confidential data and is also encrypted. Are there specific ...
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security performance criteria in employee reviews

Have any of you security professionals been able to get security performance metrics into reviews that managers conduct for their employees? If so, are there any helpful resources you could share to ...
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In CIA triad of information security, what's the difference between confidentiality and availability?

I sometimes get confused between confidentiality and availability. This site defines confidentiality as Measures undertaken to ensure confidentiality are designed to prevent sensitive ...
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Is there a pre-existing taxonomy of attackers?

When building a security policy (and implementing it) you must know who you are defending against. I would like to use proper terms, if they're already defined. I'm imagining a list such as: Passive ...
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What is the proper priority/mix of (people, tools and technology, processes) to optimize defense?

I'm curious if people have different views on this and why. Update based on comments: Defend enterprises. Quotes: "Long-time blog readers should know that I don't rely on tools to defend my ...
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Secure file sharing, instead of attaching files to emails?

Allow me to give some background information, so you may understand my situation better. We have been prone to sending emails to unintended recipients, many of which contained confidential data. ...
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Home “datacenter” security, where and what to look for?

This is a question to learn more about security management and physical security. I'm running a small serverroom in the basement at home, mainly as testbed for attacks I dont want to try on live ...
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Computer team's password change time different from other users?

We need to determine a password policy for our organization. All users, in general, will have 90 days until they will have to change their passwords, complexity required and passwords need to be at ...
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Incident Reporting or Notification Policy domain?

I'm writing a company policy on how employees should handle reports of information security related events and notifications that come from vendors, customers, and from people within our organization. ...
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How does the mobile security technology APNS and 3LM work?

APNS is an iPhone technology that assists with mobile push. 3LM is a BIOS-level security technology embedded in certain Android phones. I recently got off the phone with Boxtone and they said they ...
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How do I avoid drawing the ire of the Department of Homeland Security when prepping to run my RPG? [closed]

So I'm running a long-standing role-playing game wherein the players' characters in the game are unknowningly working for another character who wants access to the data of the United States ...
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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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How to make sure that previous sysadmin has not compromised corporate IT security? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When a sysadmin leaves what extra precautions need to be taken? A company has been maintaining its ALL internal and external (like google emails, apps, etc.) IT systems ...
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How “enforcable” are email disclaimers

Perhaps a more policy questions, and undoubtedly different in differnet parts of the world, but enterprise email "signatures" often include a snippet simmilar to the following: This email and any ...
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What goes into an average incident response process for a corporate network?

I'm trying to brush up on the more process-orientated and policy-orientated side of security, and am interested in incident response. I understand that most security-competent businesses have some ...
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I just discovered that my sysadmin created a loophole that gives me root access. What should I do?

At our company the Linux system administration is handled by the security team. The guy assigned to my project has been a great big pain, and has seemed to me at several points to be of questionable ...
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How do you keep track of numerous keys in the workplace?

Where I'm currently working there is a policy where various assets (including laptops) have to be cable locked and in the tech support department we have so many transient assets it's becoming ...
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Thumbdrive and its obsolescence?

Using USB drives in the corporate environment is always the topic of security because viruses and malware can be introduced maliciously or unintentionally. For corporate environment, I am thinking to ...
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What are the pros and cons of using a password safe instead of writing passwords on paper?

Many companies have policy again writing passwords and paper and I wonder if there reasoning is sound. Is it always better to use a software password safe than writing passwords on paper? Here are ...
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Security model for datacenters

I have several datacentres and now I want to plan security for it, so it's resilient to external attacks. I need to make a security model which will cover my web servers, auth servers, log servers, ...
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Are clients blocking all incoming connections secure?

When clients (which are using both Linux and Windows) block all incoming traffic in a network, and the router is also blocking all incoming traffic, are we (almost) 100% secure? Maybe excluding silly ...
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Security Training for corporate Facebook users

One of my clients is looking at allowing their employees to access Twitter and Facebook from work. I have highlighted the need for training, and I have material to present, but what do you think ...
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Adblock to prevent employees from accidentally clicking malicious ads

Our Company allows browsing without restriction such as news, fb, twitter, blogs etc. Would it make sense to have employees install Adblock or similar plugins to prevent (accidentally) clicking ...
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Why is the *-property in BPL security model named “star”?

I am just looking for the meaning of "star" in this property
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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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How should we set up domain administrators?

We're a small company that is growing pretty fast. For a long time there were 2 of us that were domain administrators. But over the past 2 years this has increased to 6 people and this strikes me as a ...
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Which security standards define the time of inactivity before locking the screen

Security and usability are often colliding. When it comes to locking screens on workstations after a certain amount of inactivity this is definitely the case and complaints have to be expected from ...
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What are possible approaches and arguments for securing corporate IT systems with most computers being portable?

I was employed as the only system administrator by a company where half of computers are portable ones being taken away for work at home, business trips, visits to clients, etc. having access to ...
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Considerations for information exchange agreement between governmental agencies

Question: When drafting an information exchange agreement between governmental agencies what security related sections should be considered for inclusion? Example agreements? What is the security ...
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PCI Policy Management software? [closed]

I am working on a project to get our company PCI Compliant. One of the key issues I face is managing PCI/Security policies in the organisation. I am responsible for creating the policies and ...
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Why is it dangerous for a company to allow employees to connect their own devices to the internet?

I've heard complaints about allowing employees, clients, etc. to bring their own device and connect it to the network. What exactly is the complaint and how can it be a threat? If no network resources ...
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How important is patch management?

Problem I'm trying to sell the idea of organizational patch/update management and antivirus management to my superiors. Thus far, my proposition has been met with two responses: We haven't had any ...
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Are there risks associated with connecting to a public hotspot?

When connecting to a unknown public hotspot, I know that the data transmitted can be captured and, if unencrypted, easily analyzed. But that's not the question here. I want to know whether the ...
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Looking for a presentation about information security for corporate employees

I'd appreciate if you could recommend me a presentation the describes the dangers and possible solutions and guidelines, when using the Internet. Specifically, in corporate settings. I would need to ...