Questions tagged [business-risk]

The probability of loss inherent in an organization's operations and environment (such as competition and adverse economic conditions) that may impair its ability to provide returns on investment. Business risk plus the financial risk arising from use of debt (borrowed capital and/or trade credit) equal total corporate risk.

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How should I set up emergency access to business-critical secrets in case I am “hit by a bus”?

I work as the primary developer and IT administrator for a small business. I want to ensure that business can continue even if I suddenly become unavailable for some reason. Much of what I do requires ...
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How to create a company culture that cares about information security?

Hardened Servers, IPS, firewalls and all kinds of defenses cannot solve security problems if people leak information without knowing simply because they're misguided. I already tried to instruct them ...
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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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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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Is ignoring a threat you cannot defend from a valid strategy?

Given that you sometimes can not defend from a form of threat, is it then valid to ignore said threat? Instead of defending from the threat, just mitigate the symptom. An example of this comes from ...
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Help me find a lightweight threat modeling framework

We're a small company and we do not have resources that we can dedicate to heavyweight threat modeling. However, if we could find a threat modeling framework that was pretty lightweight I think there ...
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Is there a strong challenge to be made against the startup executive that believes security must be delayed?

A common statement start-up executives make regarding security is that they are in a race to market and if they consciously choose to build in security from the get-go it may slow them down so much as ...
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How would you reason with and work with the security paranoiac on your team?

The question of how to balance pragmatism with an absolutist view of security has been discussed here already. But I need the answer to a concrete variant of that question. You're the security expert ...
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Good, simple list of reasons that email is inherently insecure

I've been searching for a while, trying to find a good get of information about the inherent risks of transmitting sensitive data via email. I'm really looking for a comprehensive list of all the ...
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What are a few good lists of threats to use to kick-off conversations with others about what worries them?

To effectively communicate with business owners or executives on security, specifically with how people may harm their business, it often helps to discuss what types of people worry them. What are ...
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Business founder wants access to database but has no DB skills

Someone asked me to create a site for their online business which I did, handling a lot of the development myself. After I created my account on the site I told my employer "Hey, the site is ready you ...
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How much does a security audit cost? [closed]

For a PHP CMS, what should I expect to budget for a security audit, both whitebox and blackbox? The codebase is about 85,000 LOC ("Lines of Code") and I would probably use a North American company for ...
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What do you see as the emerging threats for 2011

As we move in to the new year, what do you see as the emerging threats for organisational security? I see more chat around; Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) from foreign states. More fines from the ...
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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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Sourcing hardware that is least likely to contain backdoors

I understand that CPU silicon (for example) is scrutinized for backdoors but there are other aspects of a computer system that may "leak data" to the outside world unbeknownst to the owner regardless ...
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How do you compare risks from your websites, physical perimeter, staff etc

In assigning budget rationally - ie proportionally to the risk in a particular area, how can you calculate the relative risks? I can think of examples where clients of mine have secured their ...
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How can I promote good password practices in an organization that doesn't currently care about that?

I work with an organization that uses some very poor practices such as using default user accounts, default passwords (or passwords the same as user accounts), sharing password information between ...
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What is an appropriate auditing standard for a law firm?

I'm an IT Admin at a law firm. We handle sensitive customer data and some health records. I'd really like to have an outside consultant assess our data security practices, but I'm not sure what to ask ...
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Why should small and medium-sized businesses care about security?

Pretext I'm not a security expert, just a web dev with an interest in "security". I've been tasked by my employer with giving an internal talk on security (specifically web application security) and ...
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dealing with small businesses and security issues

I am dealing with a small business that I have no choice right now but to deal with. I do not work for this business but my personal life dictates that I use them right now. I noticed a few months ago ...
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What is your process for wiping a lost Blackberry or similar device?

For all devices I know of, if a device is lost or stolen, it needs to be connected to the Cellular network to receive the wipe command. Considering that the end user often needs to regain mobile ...
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What's the best duration for storing e-mail? [closed]

We’ve all become so accustomed to using email in our daily personal and working lives that we really don’t give a whole lot of thought to it. It’s the fastest way to communicate with others in the ...
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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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How often do security patches break business applications [closed]

Are there any statistics on how reliable security patches are? Such as the fraction recalled or corrected? Part of keeping a computer secure is applying security patches to it. The period between a ...
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Can you provide loss values on security breaches?

When someone says "why do we need to spend so much money and effort on security, we need to focus on market share first and once someone finds a problem we will fix it", I would like to have a list ...
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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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What benefits are there for security architecture being a separate discipline to enterprise architecture?

Had this question at Owasp Scotland this evening, and didn't get useful answers. Is there too much specialisation in security now which means that enterprise architects can't know enough to delivery ...
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What are best practices for secure admin access management to critical 3rd party cloud application in big companies?

I've always wondered how can we manage admin access to critical 3rd party resources (social media, SaaS CRM, etc) in big companies to mitigate: The administrator might leave the company without ...
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How can I objectively evaluate trust in a person? (Systems Admin, or other)

When recruiting for positions that require a level of integrity and trust, I'm looking for objective ways of accessing that, either positively or negatively. Is there any any guidance one should use ...
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ISO 27001 - procedures templates for ISMS at small companies? [closed]

Is anybody use publicly available (or relatively cheap) templates of procedures for ISO 27001 for build own information security management system capable to be conform standard. Any recommendation? ...
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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 personal traits and characteristics do you look for in a IT Security pro? [closed]

IT Security Pros are very smart people who need to give your environment with the respect and care that the business requires. Part 1 What are the traits you look for in an employee before ...
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What business identifiers are considered non-public, and should not be disclosed?

I am setting up a corporation in the US and UK and am presented with a EIN for the US, and VAT Reg. Number. for the EU. Somewhere in the piles of documentation I have been reading, I read that the D&...
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What does a switched network protect us from? What does it not protect us from?

There seems to be some misconceptions regarding what a switched network will protect us from, and what technologies/precautions a secure environment requires when segmenting trusted users from hostile ...
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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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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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What kind of completely online business can I run doing infosec/cyber security? [closed]

I have been working in the field the past 2-3 years and I have a total of 10 years experience with computer science. I want something I could do part time from any country in the world. I would rather ...
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What are possible approaches and arguments for securing corporate IT systems with most computers being portable?

I was employed as the only system administrator by a company where half of computers are portable ones being taken away for work at home, business trips, visits to clients, etc. having access to ...
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What standard alternative to ISO 27001 can be used for a small business?

The business in question has high requirements for information security due to the sensitive nature of their work. The company has 5 people on staff and work with consultants from time to time. Is ...
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Businesses Handling Credit Cards via Email

I have done some I.T. contracting for a medium-sized Australian hotel recently. I am concerned about their credit card handling practices. Customers often email their CC number and expiry date in ...
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What could be the scope of ISO 27000 standards?

If a company wants to certify against some of ISO 27000-series standards (let's say ISO 27001 and ISO 27005), what could possibly be certified? I mean, is it IT processes in general in the ...
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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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Should we change risk appetite when we go on a digital transformation journey?

Our organization in the process of implementing several digital transformation initiatives including online/cloud platforms. There are arguments in our Information Security team regarding 'Risk ...
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Is it necessary to have security documentations, policies, DRP & BCP's at place in order to execute secure network architectural review?

One of my client has ISO 27001 audits at their disposal and they have been going through audits. Meanwhile, they are taking custom security services from our company where-in one of the deliverables ...
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What risks are associated with SPO/Onedrive/O365 external user accounts in active directory?

We've recently started using O365/SPO/OneDrive for business as a sharing platform over a previous niche provider platform. I've noticed that each time a user shares content externally, the external ...
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How to create non-generic security requirements for an idea phase?

Our manager often asks us for a quick understanding of what the risks will be based on some idea that the department has been working on during the ideation phase (the business requirements are ...
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Login attempt password logging and obfuscation

I have a third party app that records the password from every login attempt (regardless of success or failure). Is this a standard operation and does it really serve any meaningful security purpose? ...
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What day-to-day activities can compromise a person's information security [closed]

Recently a car was stopped next to me at the traffic lights. The driver had his phone connected to the car's bluetooth and the conversation could be heard by me crystal clear in the next car - the ...
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Security Risk Register

Does anyone know of any good Risk Registers to start logging security risk that are found on the fly? The problem that I am having is that we find so much in a day, things start to get lost in ...
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Distance between main site and Disaster recovery site

i couldn't find any specific requirements for distance between main site and DR at the regulations or best practices only descriptions as “safe distance” can any one provide reference to something ...