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

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Protecting cellphones from USB attacks (a.k.a. Juice Jacking)

We have several smartphone with encrypted data on them (BES, iPhone, Android) and want to prevent an unauthorized person from downloading information from the device via USB. The visual assumption ...
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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 ...
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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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How to write an email regarding IT Security that will be read, and not ignored by the end user?

I've observed that several of our users are ignoring messages sent from IT Security managers, and also the system generated "You just sent a virus" notifications. The problem seems to be among people ...
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Security policy for system administrators

I've been in charge of systems administration for a small company for a couple of years and am now training some new collaborators to take over. So far, there has been no security policy, but I would ...
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open source software security rating — 3rd-party authority

A client is asking my company to write up internal standards that open source software must meet before we will approve it for use on our workstations. Our policy has always been subjective and hard ...
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Changing policy to allow USB drives. Why should I try to stop it?

We are currently in the process of allowing USB memory sticks, but with a stricter policy. Some key points in the policy is: Any confidential data stored on the USB drive has to be encrypted Always ...
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What is a practical example of an action that violates the non-interference model?

I'm studying the non-interference model as part of CISSP prep and am having trouble thinking of a practical example where a violation would be involved (and the consequences of those violations). I ...
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What's the difference between an access control method, security model, and security policy?

(I should apologize in advance because this question is going to be messy -- I'll try to refine it as the subject becomes more clear to me). I'm studying for the CISSP exam and I'm getting confused ...
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How to best defend against Targeted Attacks?

We have seen this attack method grow as part of Advanced Persistent Threats (operation Aurora against Google or the G20 French Finance ministry attacks come to mind) but I have no doubt that even ...
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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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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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Where are some Security Policies that are actually in use?

I know there are a lot of security policy samples and templates out in the web. I'm curious to know if there are security policies that are actually in use and still published publicly. I know they ...
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What's the real reason behind blocking the social sites? Even legitimate sites like twitter which acts as a knowledge repository?

I see some sites are blocked for IT security at schools, colleges and offices. But, why do some obvious good sites are blocked too?
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Concerns and Gotcha with Secure Programming Standards Development

I have recently taken on the responsibility of developing a set of secure programming guidelines. My intention is to provide, using the OWASP Development Guide as a basis, several levels of ...
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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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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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Establishing routines on what to do if a PC gets stolen

I need to establish routines for how to handle theft of PC equipment, specifically laptops and stationary machines. Also I need to figure out how to make the consequences of stolen equipment minimal. ...
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Citations for inadvisability of globally unique password

I am looking for an authoritative source to back up my position in a disagreement over password policy. I am having a disagreement with a client about the user identification/authentication process ...
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Should iPhone backups be encrypted? Is this in-scope for Corporate IT if the device is linked to a home pc?

iPhone backups may reside on a computer that is outside of IT Policy (Home PC) and therefore doesn't have any Corporate IT protections on it. If this home PC was stolen or hacked, then the iPhone ...
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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 ...
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Blocking insecure iPhones from accessing ActiveSync

Considering that the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4 (and the latest iPad) all support local device encryption, how do you enforce that only secure devices can connect to your ActiveSync endpoint? In ...
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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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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 ...
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What policies maximize employee buy-in to security?

Security awareness training is a bane to most employees. A favorite anecdote I have is a group of employees figuring out how to quickly complete their online security awareness training from ...
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What policies maximize incident detection (and compromise detection)?

What are the equivalent digital parallels to the practice of offering bonuses to employees challenging persons in a secured area without a visible badge?
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What are good ways to educate about IT security in a company?

I work in a company where security is a "fire once forget forever" concern. The administrator sets up a solution and seldom follow up and maintain it. As a result, we've got a security policy that's ...
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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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When a sysadmin leaves what extra precautions need to be taken?

If a user leaves an organisation who knew most of the top credentials are there any other precautions that need to be taken other than changing those credentials? Obviously there is also the standard ...