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

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ABAC policy formulation and RBAC question

I am asked to answer a question that says: One online book-store wants to grand access to clients regarding their subscription. There are 3 types of subscriptions A , B and C. Customers get access ...
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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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Surveillance in the Workplace? [closed]

Auditing, surveillance and logging are typical and common place in the workplace, understandably so. These actions are crucial to establishing metrics and performance of the network and its resources. ...
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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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Policy mandate dilemma

When writing security policies do you take into consideration user's (could be vendors) ability/capability to fulfil certain mandates in the policies or do you strictly want them to enforce, no matter ...
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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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Network setup for malware analysis lab in a corporate view

I am planning to setup a malware analysis lab in the Incident Response team of the company I work for. As I am basically a malware analyst I some how managed to get up with the malware analysis lab ...
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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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Is it necessary to have security documentations, policies, DRP & BCP's at place in order to execute secure network architectural review?

One of my client has ISO 27001 audits at their disposal and they have been going through audits. Meanwhile, they are taking custom security services from our company where-in one of the deliverables ...
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How does a clean desk policy provide security benefits?

I'm starting to study for Security+ using Darril Gibson's book. I took the pre-exam and one of the questions is “What is the most important security benefit of a clean desk policy?” The choices are: ...
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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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Prevent network users from creating an unauthorized outgoing VPN connection to avoid network policies

Is it possible to prevent network users from creating unauthorized outgoing VPN connections to avoid network policies? Edit- What is the best way to detect unauthorized outgoing VPN connections while ...
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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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How should we store & share documents with restricted access

Up till now we have handled restricting access to documents by having a share on our server that only the 2 accounting people could access and another that only the 2 HR people could access. And ...
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Is online security training effective?

I'm looking at an organization that requires that all employees undergo an annual one-hour online cybersecurity training (watch a video and take a quiz, apparently built using SANS's end-user security ...
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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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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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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 ...
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What are the privacy and infosec risks with Apple Watches and Android Wear?

From what I can tell, I Apple Watch apps act like a remote control to a nearby iPhone using Bluetooth or BLE. Conversely Android watches have the ability to run full applications, and therefore ...
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How does a network admin block the reverse SSH in company?

Given firewall inbound: all are blocked outbound: allow port 80, 443 Problem colleagues are still able to ssh to home device by port 80/443, and establish a reverse ssh tunnel from company 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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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 are some obvious good sites blocked too?
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Resources fo Security Awareness training [closed]

as part of security awareness for the company, I am looking for something that I could use to spread the awareness. Maybe a web based application/portal which I can create quiz forms easily or share ...
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Measuring privacy policy [closed]

I want to measure if the user's data which is collected by the system is mentioned in the privacy policy. What is the best measure that I can use it in such case?
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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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Writing an information security policy [closed]

We are required to write an "information security policy" for our company, and I want to know how much should we cover, and if there are any template or examples that would help.
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How should end users respond to Earthlink's “Allowed Sender” feature when blocked by policy?

Some of our users are requested to click on an Earthlink antispam URL below https://webmail.pas.earthlink.net/wam/addme?a=USERNAME@earthlink.net&id=<SOME GUID> However our firewall ...
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Do large online software companies limit employee access to company information?

I've been wondering about how large online software companies, specifically those based around a single massive product, like Google, Facebook, Yahoo, etc. handle the risk of terminated employees. Any ...
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At what point in their employment should security policies be explained to an employee?

There are the basic things that need to be explained to every employee about a security policy. For example: How sensitive information must be handled. How to properly maintain your ID, and ...
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Tablet antitampering [closed]

We'll be distributing tablets for some group of employees. Enterprise applications will be installed and IT has been tasked with protecting them against users messing with these new toys (i.e ...
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How to devise a security policy?

I've recently been tasked with putting together a security policy for a small startup firm consisting of ~30 people in the UK. Largely up until now there has been nothing concrete in place, however as ...
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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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Prompt/Notify Users before connecting to PC - Corporate Policy

I recently helped a new person at our company. We use N-Able to connect to machines, which has prompt/notification turned off by default. I've never considered it extensively, though it crossed my ...
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guidelines for password managers

I use Lastpass and I'm testing out other password managers in order to set policy for organizational use. Depending on settings, I've found that these programs can automatically send your password ...
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Device Control Policy

I want to blacklist all the external storage devices and only allow specific brand of device such as SanDisk. I had blacklisted the external storage devices by using USBSTOR* and whitelist all the ...
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Advice needed regarding “Information Security Policy” - EI3PA requirements

Our new startup is required to jump through hoops in order to get authorization to use Experian. We are working out of WeWork (shared space). No experian data is stored on our local machines. We do ...
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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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Risk of spyware on seized devices

This question (Prevention measures against laptop seizure at US borders) addresses a number of techniques for securing data while crossing borders. Perhaps the most useful advice was to simply not ...
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Prevention measures against laptop seizure at US borders

Since laptop and other electronic device seizures at US borders became legal without a warrant (including making copies of data), 7% of ACTE's business travelers reported being subject to a seizure as ...
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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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In what cases can overly strict security policies be detrimental to organisations?

In a philosophical sense is heterogeneous security, a system where people are given more autonomy, better than security policies/procedures written in stone? I've worked at some companies where ...
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Internal access to security sensitive data in a company

I'm building a software that requires a lot of security for the data. The user data in essence is very sensitive. So we are building a lot of encryption, 2 step authentication, app call tokenization ...
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Which security documents do providers typically share with their customers?

In the context of managed/cloud hosting, what level of information does a provider typically share (under NDA) with its customers for compliance audit/3rd party risk assessment purposes? What are ...
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Can a security control be both management, technical and operational?

I know that security controls are divided into three categories, namely technical, management and operational. Going through them I always felt as a though a control belonging to one of the above ...
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The difference of Security Policy and Acceptable Use Policy ?

Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is a set of constraints and practices that users must agree and sign off to access the corporate network, endpoints, applications, and the Internet. Information Security ...
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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 ...
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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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How frequently install patches in an enterprise environment?

We're trying to implement a patch schedule in our environment for both linux and windows systems. I'm curious to hear how often other enterprise companies are patching their servers so we can get an ...