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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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Carrying out a professional IT audit procedure

I'm a new masters graduate and I need to find out how to carry out an IT audit professionally. What software tools are required and what are the specific topics I need to cover? Please point me in the ...
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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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What risk analysis methodologies should I use?

I've heard of FAIR, and that seems pretty great. What other methodologies are there? How do they work? What are their benefits, and their drawbacks compared to others? When is each appropriate? ...
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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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How easy/difficult is it to spoof DNS? Are some scenarios safer/more risky than others?

Practically speaking, how easy difficult is it to spoof DNS? What scenarios are more risky than others? For example: A phishing email or twitter link that attracts users to click a hyperlink A ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What key metrics should a CIO rely on to gauge the extent of IT risk exposure?

Note - This was originally asked in another Area51 proposal, which has since been deleted.
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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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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 to choose/compromise between data protection, and device recovery?

I'm sure many of you have probably seen (online or in-person) the DEFCON 18 presentation, demonstrating what can happen if you steal a hacker's computer. For those who haven't, the link is below. ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Data categorization: Critical or not

I need to provide two means for securing data within my application. First is using the Operating System sandboxing model (I am talking about Mobile Phones OS) and the second using the OpenSSL AES ...
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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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What are the security risks when using free Content delivery networks (CDNs)?

I was doing some research on Content Delivery Networks. For those who don't know, a CDN is a large collection of servers that cache and quickly serve up static content such as images, css, js, etc, to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...