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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

4
votes
3answers
624 views

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 ...
4
votes
4answers
1k views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
199 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
263 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
876 views

What is your approach to handling Guest Internet access?

Suppose you're a company that uses a web proxy to block objectionable content on your corporate network, and this technology may cause issues with some 3rd party VPNs. Or perhaps this 3rd party is ...
4
votes
2answers
123 views

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 ...
4
votes
5answers
240 views

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. ...
4
votes
1answer
239 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
206 views

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. ...
4
votes
1answer
322 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
222 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

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, ...
3
votes
2answers
200 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
268 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
667 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
586 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
149 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
223 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
171 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
36 views

Why is the *-property in BPL security model named “star”?

I am just looking for the meaning of "star" in this property
3
votes
1answer
171 views

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 ...
2
votes
6answers
226 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
127 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
680 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
875 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
203 views

Decrypting FDE in Disaster Recovery

I saw a hot network question on SE, about Workplace Ethics - Do I give my password at work to my old boss after quitting?. My initial response (as are the answers in that question) is always NO. The ...
2
votes
2answers
258 views

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, ...
2
votes
2answers
210 views

Is WCF or Java Metro security configuration in-scope for your security department; should it be?

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is a set of technologies that expose server-side executable code and data over the Internet. Given the port sharing abilities of IIS, or even that a web ...
2
votes
1answer
159 views

Windows App Store security

It seems like most companies now a days, give you a crappy laptop with some version of Windows on it that allows you to access the internet (sometimes they block YouTube, Facebook, etc.), comes with ...
2
votes
1answer
147 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
68 views

Are there specific reasons or benefits to using a tiered information security policy architecture?

I had another question in mind, but thought that I should ask this one first. Background: Everywhere I have been in the past has used a tiered policy architecture. What I mean is there is one ...
2
votes
3answers
354 views

What are some good references discussing the pros and cons of a company Wi-Fi network for personal use?

I am a software developer at a company that currently does not allow associates to use personal devices at work (ethernet and guest wi-fi alike). This makes it very hard to work on side projects (like ...
2
votes
0answers
172 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
2k views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
119 views

How to protect against an attack where a person claims to be in a position of authority?

In an office if a person approaches an employee and claims to be a new IT staff and to give them access to their computer, what can prevent this kind of attack? I've worked a couple tech support jobs ...
1
vote
3answers
858 views

Benefits to using EV certificates with a privately hosted Certificate Authority

For companies that have implemented their own internal CA, is there any benefit to configuring that CA to issue an EV certificate? Do any SSL Proxies (like Bluecoat) mimic the EV certificate of the ...
1
vote
3answers
177 views

Howto pass overly protective corporate firewall

My Corporate Network was always being monitored, but a few days ago they started to block and censor all HTTPS traffic. Recently IT guys forged certificates for all major HTTPS web sites and acts as a ...
1
vote
1answer
788 views

Relationship between FISMA and OMB Circular A-130?

Can someone explain to me the relationship between FISMA and OMB Circular A-130?
1
vote
2answers
186 views

Policy for remote-access situations?

We have network which users (mostly management, it, and the presidents) use VPN to remote into their work desktops or to use their laptops from home. After some users took it upon themselves to ...
1
vote
3answers
160 views

In a company is it good to have a back door account?

Having a backdoor account (that is a username/password that can login in to an administrative account on all machines) can be very useful for IT staff. However, some believe it's a security breach. ...
1
vote
1answer
91 views

Security controls to implement on a private environment

On a large project, my company is responsible of administering the internal servers where applications used within the intranet are installed. One of our sites are accessible from outside but we do ...
1
vote
2answers
110 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
34 views

How to protect against portable applications

There are many portable apps around that could be downloaded and run on local PCs. Usually running of exe could be blocked by using UAC. however, in this case of portable applications, how do I ...
1
vote
1answer
43 views

Information Security Policy and Information Security Plan

I have a question about the guidance in NIST 800-53. The PM-1 controls in NIST 800-53 call for an information security plan. Does this plan typically include all of the organizations information ...
1
vote
3answers
106 views

Question: How to plan email policy for start-ups?

I'm a part of a software start-up. I've the role of IT admin as well as requirement gathering (business analysis). Right now we're a team of seven people and we all are in the 'core team'. Now we're ...
1
vote
1answer
115 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

Does a network behind a NAT\modem firewall need a firewall?

Would it be justified for a business that is behind a SOHO router\WIFI to run a firewall such as PFSense, or is the firewalling capabilities in the router "good enough". For the most part the router ...
1
vote
1answer
49 views

Process of getting approval to make changes in information security infrastructure [closed]

If i were to propose a change in my company's information security infrastructure, how does that proposal get processed up the corporate hierarchy? For example, does the proposal reach the VP of IT ...