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

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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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What are the purposes of these security policies?

I work at an IBM lab and there are some security policies that I do not understand the point of. When I ask why we do them my boss simply says it's policy and avoids answering the question. We must ...
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Is it safer to use less heard of software than popular software?

Is it good policy to use non-mainstream applications, or does it depend? For example is it better to use a less popular browser, media player or operating system as it is less likely a target for ...
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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 ...
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What is the most security benefit of a clean desk policy?

Starting to study for Security+ using Darril Gibson's book I took the pre-exam and one of the latest questions is “What is the most security benefit of a clean desk policy?” The choices are: ...
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How Involved Should a Developer Be in Designing a Security Policy?

I've been developing software for well over 20 years. During that time I've worked in Fortune 100 companies that had very specific security requirements developed by dedicated security professionals ...
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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 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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My company policy states I must put all passwords in a password safe shared with management. Is this secure?

As the title says, my company has a policy that all passwords to e.g. our workstations and server logins must be stored in an online safe. I won't say which one but there are some out there you can ...
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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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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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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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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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How to convince your boss about importance of IT security

Do you know how could I make my security complaints/advices more effective? Or How could I convince my boss about IT security? There are a couple of known good practices in the field of IT security. ...
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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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WAF Process Creation for Integration of IT and Business

A client has asked me to help them out with their WAF processes. Currently they have a few critical web applications being protected by a couple of WAFs. I have managed to get the WAFs tuned and ready ...
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What are the best reasons you've heard for not implementing security?

We can devise the best technical solution to a security problem, but that solution needs to be applied by people, by a business, to an organization, and/or in spite of objections. The barriers ...
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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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Policy requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX)

I'm hoping this question will be appropriate for this site. The ServerFault people didn't think it applied to system administrators. Certainly I think it can be answered from a security perspective, ...
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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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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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Gamification of IT security - any applications yet?

Gamification, which is the use of game design elements and game mechanics in a non-game context, is a heavily discussed topic. Looking at the behavioral impact on Gamification, it has potential in ...
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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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Should a full disk encrypted hard drive on a live system be considered encryption at rest?

If you are specifying requirements that a certain classification of data be encrypted while at rest (on storage), should the requirement be considered met if the data is stored on an live (turned on) ...
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What is the procedure to follow against a security breach?

Last week, a couple of guys were fired from the company I work for; all of them had access to sensitive information. One of them erased all the e-mails from the mail server, sent a massive e-mail to ...
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attack/abuse notification email template

I'm building a template for use when sending "abuse" notifications to ISPs, hosting providers, etc., for when attacks originate from their netblock. Are there examples of templates used for this ...
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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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Is there any security benefit to separating an RFID chip from an ID badge?

This seems to be a question that blurs the line between physical and IT security, but I'm hoping it's relevant enough! In order to meet with PCI standards, our company recently switched from an open ...
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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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Disable internet access of development PC for security

My friend's company is trying to disable Internet access of programmer's primary development PC to improve security, while giving them another PC to connect to the Internet. He is a web programmer. I ...
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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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How to deal with tunnel applications such as TeamViewer on the corporate network

Our IT department uses TeamViewer to provide support to users at remote locations. More recently we've noticed that users are using TeamViewer to get support for their lab equipment from vendors. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Segregation of Duties of 3 tier Applications

This is a tricky issue I'm dealing with at the office. Management has a very... interesting concept of segregation of duties when it comes to traditional 3 tier applications. I'm trying to figure ...
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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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What issues are most important to cover in Corporate Security Policy?

What about a Privacy Policy? Both internal, and external. From another Area51 proposal.
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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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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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How to refute “don't use internet if you don't like it” answer?

I hope it is legit question, similar to, for example, Why do law-abiding citizens need strong security?, et al. and it is tightly conected with user's security, privacy, etc. The response I always ...
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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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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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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 ...