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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What could eventually be effectively done to mitigate the risks of errors and backdoors in IT-security software? [on hold]

Software errors of programmers in composing the originals and later in updating them understandably can't be perfectly prevented. On the other hand there exist backdoors in IT-security software, which ...
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What parameters define information sensitivity?

Since information is generally consumed by different parties for various reasons, what parameters define information sensitivity? For example marketing may define "customer" data such as name and ...
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Topic for master thesis in Risk Management together with Game Theory [closed]

I'm currently looking for a nice topic for my upcoming master thesis. I could also just pick a topic from my professor's shelf, but I enjoy it more to work on own ideas. I already have Informatics as ...
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Hashcash, is this really used?

I just heard about this term, is it really used? The concept does not seem new, is it used and/or implemented in current technologies?
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What is the best way to report IT Security risks to Executive management? [closed]

I am seeking your opinion on what is the best way to report/communicate IT security risks (risk register) to IT executive management in big organization?
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How are assets assessed for criticality?

Following on from the post regarding risks assessments and critical assets, how are assets assessed for criticality be it infrastructure, processes, people (possibly), etc? If using the security ...
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Industry best practices for vulnerability scanning and management?

I am looking for reference documents or talks as to the end results for a vulnerability assessment, scanning, and management process at a fully matured "impressive" level for a large organization that ...
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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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Does PCI compliance really reduce risk and improve security?

Might as well bring this hot topic to here! For those not in the know: https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/
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Is the service join.me actually a huge security risk?

In case you don't know, there is a website called join.me which lets you do screen sharing from a browser, using a flash program that is on the web page. Until I encountered this service, I had no ...
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Difference between Threat Impact and Business Impact

I'm using SecureAware by Neupart/Lightwave as ISMS. This, otherwise fine program, asks me to fill in Threat Impact for all threads in the usual categories of Confidentiality, Integrity and ...
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SOMAP for risk assessment methodology or other Open Source IT Risk Management

Is SOMAP good for risk assessment or it is not in use any more? Is there any other Open Source IT Risk Management?
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Least riskiest option when it comes to reinstalling the OS

I understand security is a continuum rather than a binary, which is why I'm asking this question. I need to reinstall the OS on my Macbook. However, after a security mishap, I’m far more alert about ...
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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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Why don't more servers use HTTPS to secure executable downloads? [duplicate]

I actually check for TLS before I use any exe files. I've been trying to download a bootable usb creator tool for windows. However, I can't find a single one that actually uses any form of TLS (or ...
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The difference between risk assessment and risk analysis [duplicate]

I am a little confused about the difference between the risk assessment and risk analysis. Many people argued to conduct risk assessment during the requirement phase and risk analysis during the ...
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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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How serious are security concerns of wireless healthcare devices?

Back in 2008 a wireless defibrillator was shown to be hackable. At this year's Black Hat conference a presenter showed exactly how to hack into a wireless insulin pump. Both of these demonstrated ...
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cryptographic session token vs stored random session token [duplicate]

I am building a web API and I have a hard time choosing between cryptographic session token and stored random session token for user authentication. I see several pros & cons for each: stored ...
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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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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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Are Ad-hoc security testing beneficial to small business?

While reflecting on enterprise scale security program, I had this question if small scale businesses benefit at all from an ad-hoc security testing? What are some suggestions that will solve the ...
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Profile applications from traffic analysis

I'm investigating options for segmenting a less secure business unit behind a Cisco 5505. I want to take this action quietly and transparently for political reasons. I want to know if it is possible ...
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Security risk analysis software [closed]

I am looking for some risk assessment tools (preferably open source), which make the analysis of a system based on its hardware structure given as input and point out potential weaknesses of this ...
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Is there a process to identify threats related to a deployments?

I read about application threat modeling which makes a software products secure from its initial stages (SDLC). But if we do something wrong in the deployment phase still that will be an issue. For ...
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Risks associated with switching ISPs/Telco providers

What are the risks associated with switching Internet Service Providers and/or Telco providers (i.e. Telstra -> Optus), if any? This is in relation to a larger organisation with a wide area network. ...
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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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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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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 ...