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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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 updates)...
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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 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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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 ...
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Is WordPress a security vulnerability inside a corporate intranet?

The company I work for had me develop a WordPress site for their intranet. Now they are saying that it poses security risks and they would like to shut it down and have me use another CMS (SharePoint ...
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What's the benefit of using a specific implementation framework vs using the generic steps presented in most developed security frameworks?

Background Information: This post is for some research I’m working on for a course I’m taking at the University of Advancing Technology as a Network Security student. I’m researching some ...
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How does one properly assess risk?

Security is never 100%. There is a need to balance risk and cost. Risk assessments need to be performed to determine the cost-effectiveness of preventive measures. There are a few questions I would ...
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Can portable programs be exploited to steal information?

I work with sensitive information and there are clearly controls on what can and can't be made public. While I am not an IT security person, I believe I have found a vulnerability. When I was in ...
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How to mitigate the risk of a continuous integration service security breach?

We are using a Continuous Integration service to automatically run our product test suite. Every time we push code to our central Git repository production branch, the CI services is notified and ...
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What risk does commoditized dedicated SHA256 processors pose to IT Operations?

With the advent of GPU-based computing, and now commoditized/dedicated SHA256 processors, what risk does this hardware pose to cryptography? What security algorithms should be closely watched or ...
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What are the problems with bring-your-own-device related to smartphones?

What are the problems with bring-your-own-device related to smartphones? Companies see this more and more everyday, people want to use their personal devices on the corporate network or even use them ...
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Security concerns about my webapp

I read though OWASP very carefully, but I am not sure about some parts of my website. I am using jbcrypt on my website. It stores the salt in the hash itself something like this hash+salt. I read ...
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How do you estimate the costs of a security breach?

I'm a student and fairly new to the IT security field. Most articles and books say you should only patch a vulnerability if the costs of a breach are higher than the costs of patching the ...
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What are the risk tradeoffs of all-in-one “smart” IDs vs. using a separate hardware authenticator?

In many organizations these days, employee IDs are very mutli-functional. They can serve as: Visual identitiy verification. (Including employee photo, name, ID number, and other details on the ...
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Fraud Mitigation - Card Present Transactions

When it comes to fraud screening for card not present transactions (credit card / debit card) there are a number of techniques / services that can be utilized to mitigate risks from fraudulent ...
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Does outsourcing infrastructure services reduce risk (and improve security)?

I've been on a kick mentioning to particular clients to quit managing their own dns, email, blogging platform, file transfer setup, etc. This from observing how poor they are at practicing good ...
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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 ...
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What are all of the issues with storing a cleartext password?

I know, I know, cleartext passwords are terrible and you should always store a hash! However, I'm interested in all of the issues with storing cleartext passwords so I can make a reasonably secure ...
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Mitigating risk from electronic payments

When attempting to sell a product online (for instance, on craigslist) there is a very good chance you will be the target of a social engineer; this is especially true when you are selling high-value ...
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Someone else's cloud infrastructure too sketchy for large enterprise SaaS application?

I have a set of geared-to-enterprise SaaS services I will be trying to sell soon to a number of large companies. In IT and Security reviews for critical software in the past, as a vendor you were ...
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Should we store meeting minutes on an iPad?

Being employed in the infosec field I would like to set a good example. However I also do not believe in sweating the small stuff and would like to maximize my productivity. My current workplace, ...
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How and where to begin on the Return of Web Application Security Investment?

While there is a vast trove of vulnerabilties, threats and their corresponding countermeasures, the amount of information on Infosec Economics (Specifically for web applications) seems scarce. What ...
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Looking for information about the job from security consultants

I'm graduating with my bachelor's in computer science in December, and I'm looking to get an internship in a security consultant firm for the summer, or apply as an analyst/associate in October. I've ...
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Security concerns from publicly visible Hudson & Jenkins servers?

A friend's start-up has implemented a number of business critical services on a Hudson/Jenkins server run on a Tomcat container. This is not an open-source project, in fact many aspects of this ...
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Certifiable standards for server security, besides PCI-DSS?

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard is widely used in the financial industry and seems to be a useful requirement from the standpoint of a potential customer (see also Does PCI compliance ...
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Is this much distrust really necessary?

In IT Security and computer power users there seems to be an excessive amount of distrust. They don't do anything or use anything because of this distrust, or use what seems like an excessive amount ...
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Where can I find a collection of Threat Models?

I found a very nice SSL Threat model on this web page and would like to find more on different topics. How would I go about locating more images like these? Is there an organisation or website I ...
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What is the purpose of EICAR?

For as long as can remember, EICAR has been used to test for the presence of Antivirus systems in email, the file system, or other places. Sometimes the AV solution is so far out of date, that its ...
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storing the third party credentials in the database/some secure place

This question is about storing the third party credentials in the database/some secure place so that it can not be accessed by only authorized user. Our system connect to the third party system using ...