Risk management is the identification, assessment, and prioritization of risks - defined in ISO 31000 as the effect of uncertainty on objectives, whether positive or negative - followed by coordinated and economical application of resources to minimize, monitor, and control the probability and/or ...

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When do shared disks “leak” data to other VMs, and how is that mitigated?

Inspired by this answer, I would like to know what are some common threats and mitigation techniques used to prevent one VM from leaking data to another via the shared storage infrastructure. ...
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How do you destroy an old hard drive?

How do you destroy an old hard drive? To be clear, unlike questions Secure hard drive disposal: How to erase confidential information and How can I reliably erase all information on a hard drive? I do ...
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Connection between “Security Requirements Engineering”, “Risk Analysis” and “Threat Modeling”

I am trying to figure out how the above concepts fit in together. As i understood it Security Requirements Engineering (SRE), Risk Analysis (RA) and Threat Modeling (TM) are methods that ultimately ...
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Is it secure to set default value for password field?

I'm looking at an application where admins can "invite" users by email and invited users. Invited users then are sent a unique URL and are inserted into a MySQL database with status pending and an ...
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Risk assessment scope and critical assets

We've started implementing ISMS in our organization. The scope is IT dept and all users of the company who are connected to our WAN. but our risk assessment scope is only Data center and Network ...
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Supply chain risks

I wish to know more about supply chain risks. Does it only apply to companies which have products to sell and has suppliers and customers? Or do agencies such as a government agencies (e.g. department ...
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Estimating the cost of implementing security measures

Are there good resources or good practices on how to estimate the cost for implementing security measures in a company? My purpose is to justify to management that they need to spend this amount to ...
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DDOS - security or operational risk?

The chief security officer of a medium sized IT company (400-500 employees) recently released a bulletin in which he stated that DDOS attacks are not a security risk but an operational one. Also I was ...
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Is it a security risk to have 'Control + j' functionality enabled in a production instance of PeopleSoft?

The control + j feature within PeopleSoft outputs a list of potentially interesting data for a potential attacker. The feature is generally used to aid in debugging. Here is a the [censored] output ...
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What is a good risk assessment for different types of online file references?

Personally I'm a big fan of hosting everything myself, just because of the privacy aspect. For that reason I try to use external files as least as possible. Nevertheless, I'm wondering if it is a ...
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Will a crossdomain.xml file reduce a potential security risk?

I maintain a website were users are allowed to upload files. I'm doing already some good MIME-checks, consistency checks, virus checks, blacklist checks based on hash lists, some other custom checks ...
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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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How to protect iKvM, IPMI, KvM Interfaces from 0day and other exploits

In REF to http://threatpost.com/ipmi-protocol-bmc-vulnerabilities-expose-thousands-of-servers-to-attack and the hacks of several companies and web hosts have been hit and had their servers wiped from ...
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How to calculate Exposure Factor?

How can I calculate a single loss expectancy without a given Exposure Factor? Can someone please explain me?
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Information Security classification [closed]

I've been interested in IT security for a bit (~1 year) and had a bit of experience with NSM as well as web security. I want to have an overview of the entire industry, with all relevant niches and ...
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How should I manage people/technicians during an incident/outbreak?

Assume there is an incident that requires immediate response, such as a virus outbreak over email, Cryptolocker actively encrypting files, or a DOS attack. How should I approach this in a way that ...
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PowerShell / Windows - Security best practices for enabling Windows Remote Management

As the title indicates, I'm looking for industry best practices for enabling Windows Remote Management on a mix of Windows Servers (from 2000, 2003, 2008/R2 and 2012) to allow PowerShell to execute ...
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Historical events in terms of risk assessment

How can historical events be leveraged in terms of a risk assessment. I know you could for instance look at malware infections over the past x months to perform a better estimation of for your malware ...
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Exposure Factor when calculating SLE

I am studying for an exam and came across a question asking to find what the single loss expectance would be, but I am failing to understand exposure factor in the calculation. SLE = Asset Value * ...
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How do you explain the necessity of “nuke it from orbit” to management and users?

When a machine has been infected with malware, most of us here immediately identify the appropriate action as "nuke it from orbit" - i.e. wipe the system and start over. Unfortunately, this is often ...
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How to determine risk ratings for third party mobile apps

Having rolled out corporate mobile phones and tablets, we have MDM in place enabling us to centrally deploy apps to all our users, and can perform remote wipe in the event of a lost device etc, ...
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Can a hard drive be destroyed by drowning?

These are some ways of disposing of hard drives: Special firms, degaussing, hammering, pulling apart. Can this be accomplished more quickly by drowning it? Fill a bucket with water, maybe add some ...
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security metrics on softwares developed

Thinking about software security metrics currently I've thought about the following software security metrics: number/type of CWE detected by developers (bug reporting) number/type of CWE detected ...
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Moving Services to the Cloud

Our company has made the decision to switch from an internally hosted Jabber-based chat system to a more modern, cloud-based chat solution. Hosting our own chat servers and software presented the ...
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Can OSSTMM RAVs be the base for a risk assessment methodology compliant with the new ISO 27001:2013 and ISO 31000?

The calculation of RAVs in OSSTMM seem very useful as a security metric but, can they be the base for a risk assessment methodology compliant with the new ISO 27001:2013 and ISO 31000? ISO 27001:2013 ...
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If malware was detected in browser local storage does computer need to be nuked from orbit

I haven't used Windows partition since mid-June and I booted the system once again just a few days ago. My first action was as usual update all programs marked to be updated (including Windows ...
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Is it safe to put the output of 'strace' online?

For debugging purposes, one might be asked to put the output of strace for some process online, i.e. attached to a bug report. Is this safe in general? Under what circumstances is this safe or ...
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Preferred features of CDN with DDoS?

I am putting together a presentation comparing CDN services that also provide DDoS protection. I have to do a really good job on this and I'm not a security expert. For lack of direction, I've copied ...
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Automatic vs Manual

When it comes to technologies that directly affect information security, how do you determine when it is better to use an automatic option instead of a manual option, and vice versa? I already feel ...
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Ways to certify a SaaS for security [closed]

Is it common for small companies to get security certificates/compliance from audit agencies for their SaaS to present to customers for their assurance? If so what are the suggested certifications?
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How to get top management support for security projects?

I am facing an issue regarding security projects, for example: last year we bought an antivirus licence for 500 (end point security), and made a policy in order to force everyone to install it, ...
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How to prepare a report on security weakness in our software [closed]

I am part of an in-house development team that provides the software that is used in our company's factories across the world for production as well as for order management, and which also enables the ...
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how are CVSS scores used in security risk management products?

From CVSS v2 complete guide : "Security (Risk) Management: Security Risk Management firms use CVSS scores as input to calculating an organization's risk or threat level. These firms use ...
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Risk management with software code analysis

I am a programmer by day and I am working on a project that is focused around risk management based on PCI-DSS controls within an organisation. I have been thinking lately that a lot of PCI-DSS ...
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Are non-personal AD users a security risk?

After an IT audit of my company, the report said that our Active Directory contained too many non-personal user accounts. This caused a risk of misuse and unauthorized user access. I checked my ...
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How to estimate the cost of an application vulnerability?

I've seen data on the cost of a breach including lot of surveys and research by Verizon and the Ponemon Institute. But in terms of an actual vulnerability, what are the factors to consider to ...
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Secure hard drive disposal: How to erase confidential information

When it comes to disposing of hardware that may contain PII, confidential, or other sensitive material, how do you determine what needs special handling? What process do you use? I'd like to expand ...
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How do you manage security-related OCD (i.e. paranoia)?

I did a quick google before asking this, and came up with the following article, linked to from Schneier's blog back in 2005. It doesn't really answer my question though. As society has crossed into ...
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How to Choose and adopt information security model [closed]

I would like to ask about how can someone adopt certain security model in the organizations what are the criteria that controls how I can pick the best security model for my organization For example ...
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What security risks are associated with DLP Systems?

Some high level risks with DLP that I can identify (with the monitoring componant): 1- Abuse of authority: people with access to the system can look into other users private data. 2- Loss of ...
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Is there a generic list of IT Risks that can be used as a reference to prepare an IT Risk Assessment report? [closed]

I am working on my first IT Risk Assessment assignment and even though I have the steps required and understanding of the system I am working on, I was wondering if there was a list of generic IT Risk ...
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Can Exchange/OWA still compress static images and be immune to HTTP compression attacks?

Microsoft Exchange / OWA (Outlook Web Access) allows for three different types of compression (link for Ex2010) Compression setting Description High Compresses both static and ...
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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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Should content delivery depend on FCrDNS (forward-confirmed reverse DNS) look-ups and why?

First, let me clear that this isn't a duplicate of Does deliberately wrong information from a DNS server violate standards generally accepted good practices? thread, as I'm not interested in legal ...
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What is more risky? Database Server in DMZ or Trusted Network?

Hoping this is not a dupe of any of the related database / DMZ questions, but I don't think any of them answered my question sufficiently. Assume the following A web server is being used for ...
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Requirement 12.1.2 of PCI DSS: Is it enough to point to a standard process?

Item 12.1.2 of PCI DSS requires that the company's security policy: 12.1.2 Includes an annual process that identifies threats, and vulnerabilities, and results in a formal risk assessment. NIST ...
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Can my ISP know my passwords

If I am using some proxy service, proxy service provider can know my passwords to my online accounts. In which case my ISP can filter my requests and get my passwords to my online accounts? And how ...
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Risk Control - Ignored risks and accepted risks

Some say that ignored risks as part of an organization's behavior are much worse than accepted risks. I would like to test that axiom (in the eyes of some). When I am handling a risk and I choose to ...
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PCI-DSS - one application per server?

How do I interpret the 2.2.1 point for PCI-DSS? Is "application server" 'one primary function' or does it need to be "program x server", "program y server" etc? I have a collection of applications ...
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Activesync: If I disable or rename the AD account does that mean the phone won't be wiped?

Suppose an Activesync phone needs to be wiped because it was lost, stolen, or it was an employee termination. If we disable the account prior to wiping the device (or the device receiving the wipe ...