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A set of rules for employees of a corporation related to the use of information technology equipment and systems.

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What are the risks from letting users share their own calendars?

I've worked for a variety of technologies companies. In working for startups I've noticed a wide variety of opinions about whether sharing calendars is a security risk. I can imagine that it would ...
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network icon on lock screen, group policy

In an office setting, where it is an open space design, should I ensure that the laptop has 'Do not display network selection UI', enabled? Why or why not
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Why do companies not give root access to employees on their desktop machines? [duplicate]

Why do companies typically not give their employees root access to their desktop machines that are only used by a single employee? If what I can do on my machine poses a threat to the rest of the ...
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SSO Log Users Out Based on IP Address

We would like to implement SAML based SSO for our organization. We do not want employees to be able to access specific accounts outsides of specific hours and IP ranges. (We do not want to setup a VPN ...
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Basic things that need to be explained to employees about a security policy and at what point in their employment

I have was asked this question: What are the basic things that need to be explained to every employee about a security policy? At what point in their employment? Why? (List at least 4 things). ...
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VPN gateway software check enforcement as part of access policie

Can a VPN gateway enforce policies in form of checking whether a particular software or set of software is installed on the endpoint and based on that allow / deny the remote connection to be ...
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Is this a “valid” security policy item?

I'm reading a security policy, which seems to be a system security policy and there is an item that requires the system to implement a specific standard, something like "Implement the standard XYZ". ...
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How do I check that users don't write down their passwords?

I have a password policy which states that users must not write and store their passwords down in plaintext. How can I ensure that they haven't done so by writing their password in emails, scripts, ...
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How do I configure Symantec AV to permit pentesting tools without compromising my organization's network and my host computer?

When performing penetration testing for work, I often have to turn off Symantec Endpoint Protection in order to use certain payloads with Burp Suite and I recently had to do this for something as ...
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Restricting user sign-in on Chrome for Business

I'm currently evaluating the configuration of Chrome for Business in a corporate environment. There is a setting which prevents users from signing into Chrome with their personal accounts. My gut ...
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Is it a good security practice to force employees hide their employer to avoid being targeted?

A young tech company which operates on sensitive data has employees that fall victim to phishing/porting scams despite its best efforts to instill security fobs, vpn, password managers, non-sms 2FA, ...
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How to prevent contradictions in policies

Some things in policies can be good controls, but the same controls can open up vulnerabilities or can be contradicted by other controls and conditions in other policies. What can be a good measure ...
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How should security user training be provided when implementing a company BYOD strategy?

Our company is implementing a BYOD policy. I am working with management to draft end user training guidelines / standards as senior member of the Information Security team. Our company is in a ...
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EU GDPR - Data protection requirement standards missing?

I'm reading about the GDPR here and there. However, I see no requirements on how data actually is to be protected like Mimimum password length requirements Second factor authentication Backup ...
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Can Google Policy Profile remotely erase all data on the device?

I'd like to configure my company's Google e-mail on my iPhone, however when enabling e-mail profile in Inbox, Gmail, Mail or any other app, the following Device Policy Alert is shown: To use Google ...
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My company policy states I must put all passwords in a password safe shared with management. Is this secure?

As the title says, my company has a policy that all passwords to e.g. our workstations and server logins must be stored in an online safe. I won't say which one but there are some out there you can ...
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What does Blue Coat Unified Agent application do?

I've experienced a crash of the Blue Coat Unified Agent tray application on my business laptop. I was wondering what is the exact purpose of this software, and how is it supposed to help me or the ...
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Should security policy acknowledgements in a company be customized for IT vs non IT users?

I currently work in the Information Security team at my company. I have been requested by company management to assist in reviewing and revising our current IT security policies. I am a trusted, ...
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Can someone please briefly explain HIPAA compliance?

I worked in web hosting for several years, particularly security. I am familiar with PCI compliance and I would say the "short and sweet" guide to PCI for an eCommerce store is as follows: Client ...
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Should corporate security training be tailored based on a users' job role?

I work in the Information Security team at my workplace. We work in the insurance and healthcare industry and work frequently with customer credit card, financial, and private health data. Today I ...
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Should I let my child's school have access to my kid's personal laptop?

My kid is starting 6th grade and the school requires him to get a laptop and bring it to school. Now the school IT department wants to install some software on the laptop and is asking for ...
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What is a Security Guideline and how does it stand in relation with Standards, Policies, Procedures?

I'm currently working on the definitions-section of a paper. Therefore I have to define the term "Guideline" and how its relationship to other terms (Standards, Policies, Procedures) looks like. ...
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What's the relation between a Security Framework & Standards, Guidelines, Procedures and Policies?

I'm currently writing a paper about security standards. Therefore several terms have to be defined before I can actually start. The problem is that in every resource the term "Framework" is somehow ...
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Running open relay smtp in company network

We are producing IoT gateways which send out emails via SMTP protocol for user notifications. These IoT gateways are mainly used by corporate customers in intranets without access to or from the ...
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Can Beehive detect a Snowden-like actor?

In a seminar, one of the Authors of Beehive: Large-Scale Log Analysis for Detecting Suspicious Activity in Enterprise Networks said that this system can prevent actions like Snowden did. From their ...
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How do I avoid drawing the ire of the Department of Homeland Security when prepping to run my RPG? [closed]

So I'm running a long-standing role-playing game wherein the players' characters in the game are unknowingly working for another character who wants access to the data of the United States ...
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prevent virus code modifying commonly run executable files?

I have recently been looking into 'cyber essentials questionnaire' and I came across the question "Other than anti-virus software, are access control measures in place to prevent virus code modifying ...
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What is the recommanded periodicity for antivirus RAM and disk scans?

Antivirus scans consumes resources, and far more when the full disk or RAM is scanned. Anyway, files are scanned before opening and often when they enter the system, so periodic scans on this point of ...
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Does an admin need legitimaly to access his own logs generated by auditd?

In my understanding, admins need to access logs of the servers, workstations, services and applications they manage, either for administration or debugging purposes, never to logs generated by auditd ...
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Aren't endpoint devices inherently MFA?

I was recently asked if MFA was leveraged for authentication on endpoint devices. My gut reaction is that given MFA is something you have, know, are, and you need to have the laptop to log into it and ...
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Docker + AV on the host

I've dug through some history of this site (which inevitably means someone will post how I missed it) and didn't find anything directly relating to my question. What has been the typical solution ...
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Should organisations allow their employees connect with a VPN software from their own laptops to their machine at work?

I saw a few breaches on a very large scale where an organization like JP Morgan suffered a huge breach just by allowing their employees to connect via VPN to their machines at work. Seems that hackers ...
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Password manager database and keyfile

I'm trying to store passwords more securely in my department. I was thinking about using Keepass, giving each of my colleagues a personal password database and require a simple password (they won't ...
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How to strike a balance between security policies and practical implementation challenges? [duplicate]

At our organization, we came across some frequent incidents such as: Reported successful password guessing attacks Frequent password reset complaints We started an investigation to identify the ...
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A term for a policy that forbids employees storing intellectualy property (e.g. Source Code) on hosted third parties services

To be honest, I was not sure if this belongs to this board or Law Stack Exchange. I am searching for a specific term that describes a policy that a company does not allow itself to share its ...
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What are good ways to educate about IT security in a company?

I work in a company where security is a "fire once forget forever" concern. The administrator sets up a solution and seldom follow up and maintain it. As a result, we've got a security policy that's ...
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Convincing the boss about the importance of privacy and security

I work for a company that does not value privacy and IT security the same way that I do. It's a relative small company that is used to work this way without anyone complaining. The employees don't (...
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Are there specific reasons or benefits to using a tiered information security policy architecture?

I had another question in mind, but thought that I should ask this one first. Background: Everywhere I have been in the past has used a tiered policy architecture. What I mean is there is one ...
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Is there a pre-existing taxonomy of attackers?

When building a security policy (and implementing it) you must know who you are defending against. I would like to use proper terms, if they're already defined. I'm imagining a list such as: Passive ...
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How Involved Should a Developer Be in Designing a Security Policy?

I've been developing software for well over 20 years. During that time I've worked in Fortune 100 companies that had very specific security requirements developed by dedicated security professionals ...
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How to convince your boss about importance of IT security

Do you know how could I make my security complaints/advices more effective? Or How could I convince my boss about IT security? There are a couple of known good practices in the field of IT security. ...
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How should I approach my security team regarding aggressive group policies (VBA / macro blocking)?

My security organization has responded to the threat of macro-based viruses by changing all copies of Excel to no longer run macros/VBA scripts. Through some quick research, it looks like there are ...
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Why is Multifactor Authentation Presented in Two Steps Instead of One [duplicate]

When I use Google Authenticator two-factor authentication, Google will tell me if I get my password wrong before prompting me for an authentication code. This goes against at least one intuitive line ...
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How to respond when network info sec check requires run of downloaded unknown .exe?

I recently visited a university for an event where I was expected to bring a computer and do work using the campus wifi. On first connection, I was asked to download a "SafeConnect Policy Key" (.exe) ...
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Convince an executive to mandate HTTPS use on Intranet web servers

I know someone who works at a medium-sized company (between 1000 and 10,000 employees) and is somewhat chagrined that several intranet Windows web servers (SharePoint, internal apps, etc.) continue to ...
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How Should a Midsized Startup Approach Information Security and Compliance?

The situation: An established SaaS startup with <100 employees, a large development team and several self taught networks engineers. Our business involves handling both PII and payment data. As we'...
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What is the best practice when corporate network is overwriting SSL certificates?

The company I work at has started to overwrite SSL certificates with their own self issued one so that they can monitor traffic to the internet more closely. They also installed the corresponding CA ...
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Corporate penetration testing/phishing [closed]

If a company employs a security company to 'hack' into their systems and agrees to allow this security company to send fake phishing emails to employees... ...is that company (or the security company)...
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Pin change policy for RSA SecurID

My company permits remote access with authentication that includes: username password/phrase (20+ characters) User selected PIN + RSA SecurID token code Our passwords are required to be changed ...
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Difference between cyber security and information security?

What is the difference between an IT security policy, an information security policy and a cyber security policy?