Questions tagged [corporate-policy]

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 pros and cons of using a password safe instead of writing passwords on paper?

Many companies have policy again writing passwords and paper and I wonder if there reasoning is sound. Is it always better to use a software password safe than writing passwords on paper? Here are ...
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Question: How to plan email policy for start-ups?

I'm a part of a software start-up. I've the role of IT admin as well as requirement gathering (business analysis). Right now we're a team of seven people and we all are in the 'core team'. Now we're ...
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security performance criteria in employee reviews

Have any of you security professionals been able to get security performance metrics into reviews that managers conduct for their employees? If so, are there any helpful resources you could share to ...
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Are there risks associated with connecting to a public hotspot?

When connecting to a unknown public hotspot, I know that the data transmitted can be captured and, if unencrypted, easily analyzed. But that's not the question here. I want to know whether the ...
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How can I prevent forwarding a manipulated email?

How can I prevent someone from modifying the contents of an email they received and then forwarding it to others? Some employees cheat managers by changing the content of emails and forwarding the ...
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Should a full disk encrypted hard drive on a live system be considered encryption at rest?

If you are specifying requirements that a certain classification of data be encrypted while at rest (on storage), should the requirement be considered met if the data is stored on an live (turned on) ...
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How do I report a vulnerability to a large organization that doesn't believe it has a problem?

This issue is more political than technical. The organization has a lot of computers that connect via web browser to a central database. Customers are regularly left unattended with physical access ...
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Does a network behind a NAT\modem firewall need a firewall?

Would it be justified for a business that is behind a SOHO router\WIFI to run a firewall such as PFSense, or is the firewalling capabilities in the router "good enough". For the most part the router ...
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ISMS for SMB (Small And Medium Enterprise)? [closed]

Is there an Information Security Management System (ISMS) existing for SME/ SMB, if not why ? The so called GRC suites are mainly targeted towards Fortune 100 (may be up to fortune 1000) companies , ...
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Relationship between FISMA and OMB Circular A-130?

Can someone explain to me the relationship between FISMA and OMB Circular A-130?
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Clean desk policy/No one giving me clear answer when asking about security procedures [closed]

I got a job working at an IBM lab. Many security procedures I do not see the point of and sometimes find so annoying makes me want to disregard the rules all together. The clean desk policy is in ...
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Gamification of IT security - any applications yet?

Gamification, which is the use of game design elements and game mechanics in a non-game context, is a heavily discussed topic. Looking at the behavioral impact on Gamification, it has potential in ...
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What are the purposes of these security policies?

I work at an IBM lab and there are some security policies that I do not understand the point of. When I ask why we do them my boss simply says it's policy and avoids answering the question. We must ...
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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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How do you keep track of numerous keys in the workplace?

Where I'm currently working there is a policy where various assets (including laptops) have to be cable locked and in the tech support department we have so many transient assets it's becoming ...
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How to protect against an attack where a person claims to be in a position of authority?

In an office if a person approaches an employee and claims to be a new IT staff and to give them access to their computer, what can prevent this kind of attack? I've worked a couple tech support jobs ...
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Considerations for information exchange agreement between governmental agencies

Question: When drafting an information exchange agreement between governmental agencies what security related sections should be considered for inclusion? Example agreements? What is the security ...
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How can i deal with management who want 'Domain Admin' access?

While I primarily work with penetration testing for my company (A small/medium sized company with approx 50 employees), I'm also a part time member of their sys-admins team (it's handy to keep up-to ...
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Incident Reporting or Notification Policy domain?

I'm writing a company policy on how employees should handle reports of information security related events and notifications that come from vendors, customers, and from people within our organization. ...
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Protecting cellphones from USB attacks (a.k.a. Juice Jacking)

We have several smartphone with encrypted data on them (BES, iPhone, Android) and want to prevent an unauthorized person from downloading information from the device via USB. The visual assumption ...
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Blocking insecure iPhones from accessing ActiveSync

Considering that the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4 (and the latest iPad) all support local device encryption, how do you enforce that only secure devices can connect to your ActiveSync endpoint? In ...
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Windows App Store security

It seems like most companies now a days, give you a crappy laptop with some version of Windows on it that allows you to access the internet (sometimes they block YouTube, Facebook, etc.), comes with ...
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Citations for inadvisability of globally unique password

I am looking for an authoritative source to back up my position in a disagreement over password policy. I am having a disagreement with a client about the user identification/authentication process ...
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What goes into an average incident response process for a corporate network?

I'm trying to brush up on the more process-orientated and policy-orientated side of security, and am interested in incident response. I understand that most security-competent businesses have some ...
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Standards for hiring trusted personnel - American or Canadian Government?

Is anyone familiar with an ISO standard outlining the hiring of labour for vendors being hired by DHS or Canadian government? I've found security standards but nothing for hiring practices. Edit for ...
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attack/abuse notification email template

I'm building a template for use when sending "abuse" notifications to ISPs, hosting providers, etc., for when attacks originate from their netblock. Are there examples of templates used for this ...
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I just discovered that my sysadmin created a loophole that gives me root access. What should I do?

At our company the Linux system administration is handled by the security team. The guy assigned to my project has been a great big pain, and has seemed to me at several points to be of questionable ...
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Is there any security benefit to separating an RFID chip from an ID badge?

This seems to be a question that blurs the line between physical and IT security, but I'm hoping it's relevant enough! In order to meet with PCI standards, our company recently switched from an open ...
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Is it safer to use less heard of software than popular software?

Is it good policy to use non-mainstream applications, or does it depend? For example is it better to use a less popular browser, media player or operating system as it is less likely a target for ...
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How “enforcable” are email disclaimers

Perhaps a more policy questions, and undoubtedly different in differnet parts of the world, but enterprise email "signatures" often include a snippet simmilar to the following: This email and any ...
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Looking for a presentation about information security for corporate employees

I'd appreciate if you could recommend me a presentation the describes the dangers and possible solutions and guidelines, when using the Internet. Specifically, in corporate settings. I would need to ...
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What are some good references discussing the pros and cons of a company Wi-Fi network for personal use?

I am a software developer at a company that currently does not allow associates to use personal devices at work (ethernet and guest wi-fi alike). This makes it very hard to work on side projects (like ...
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Facebook changed the default email address for every contact. How do I mitigate the impact and risk?

Facebook created a problem for regulated industries and Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) by changing the default outgoing SMTP address for every contact to a @Facebook.com address. This is an ...
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Should iPhone backups be encrypted? Is this in-scope for Corporate IT if the device is linked to a home pc?

iPhone backups may reside on a computer that is outside of IT Policy (Home PC) and therefore doesn't have any Corporate IT protections on it. If this home PC was stolen or hacked, then the iPhone ...
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What is the procedure to follow against a security breach?

Last week, a couple of guys were fired from the company I work for; all of them had access to sensitive information. One of them erased all the e-mails from the mail server, sent a massive e-mail to ...
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Changing policy to allow USB drives. Why should I try to stop it?

We are currently in the process of allowing USB memory sticks, but with a stricter policy. Some key points in the policy is: Any confidential data stored on the USB drive has to be encrypted Always ...
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How does the mobile security technology APNS and 3LM work?

APNS is an iPhone technology that assists with mobile push. 3LM is a BIOS-level security technology embedded in certain Android phones. I recently got off the phone with Boxtone and they said they ...
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Can I instruct a Telco to prevent 2G connections from our phones?

Given that 2G is proven to be insecure (broken) at DefCon, is it possible for a Corporate IT department to work with the Telco and ban 2G connections for their devices? Some cell phones are unable to ...
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When a sysadmin leaves what extra precautions need to be taken?

If a user leaves an organisation who knew most of the top credentials are there any other precautions that need to be taken other than changing those credentials? Obviously there is also the standard ...
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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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How to make sure that previous sysadmin has not compromised corporate IT security? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When a sysadmin leaves what extra precautions need to be taken? A company has been maintaining its ALL internal and external (like google emails, apps, etc.) IT systems (...
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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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Home “datacenter” security, where and what to look for?

This is a question to learn more about security management and physical security. I'm running a small serverroom in the basement at home, mainly as testbed for attacks I dont want to try on live ...
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Security Training for corporate Facebook users

One of my clients is looking at allowing their employees to access Twitter and Facebook from work. I have highlighted the need for training, and I have material to present, but what do you think ...
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Disable internet access of development PC for security

My friend's company is trying to disable Internet access of programmer's primary development PC to improve security, while giving them another PC to connect to the Internet. He is a web programmer. I ...
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How to refute “don't use internet if you don't like it” answer?

I hope it is legit question, similar to, for example, Why do law-abiding citizens need strong security?, et al. and it is tightly conected with user's security, privacy, etc. The response I always ...
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Policy for remote-access situations?

We have network which users (mostly management, it, and the presidents) use VPN to remote into their work desktops or to use their laptops from home. After some users took it upon themselves to ...
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Is viewing applied group policy on a client PC not considered a minor security breach?

A client on a company can run commands and view the Group Policy settings applied to his own account and computer. The commands are: gpresult (and all of its variants) rsop.msc In my opinion, ...
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What are the best reasons you've heard for not implementing security?

We can devise the best technical solution to a security problem, but that solution needs to be applied by people, by a business, to an organization, and/or in spite of objections. The barriers ...
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Policy requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX)

I'm hoping this question will be appropriate for this site. The ServerFault people didn't think it applied to system administrators. Certainly I think it can be answered from a security perspective, ...