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How much does the strength of the password depend on the variety of characters?

For example, a password consisting only of lower-case characters [a-z], but a length of 10 (26^10), will always be better than all characters, but a length of 7 (95^7). That is, how much is it correct ...
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MSTG-ARCH-7: All security controls have a centralized implementation

In the OWASP Mobile Application Security Checklist there is a requirement MSTG-ARCH-7 which reads: "All security controls have a centralized implementation". Now I'm struggling a bit by what ...
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Information Security Governance - security measures

We are about to sign a contract with an OCR service provider (Scanned documents(personal information) will be sent, which will be processed OCR, data transmitted back and documents deleted.)The ...
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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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Recognized complement to OWASP's ASVS requirements

The OWASP ASVS focuses on web-application verification. It is free and recognised worldwide as a good reference to build upon, or simply reuse. It is useful to use it when outsourcing web development. ...
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VPN Access to PCI Environment Edge Devices

Does it violate PCI DSS requirements to provide a third party company with a Site-to-Site VPN connection for full management (SSH & HTTPS) access to network security equipment (such as a Web ...
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Security mechanisms and techniques

Should we define the security mechanisms and techniques that will be used in order to mitigate the security risks during the requirement phase or design phase (Such as deciding to use the S/MIME ...
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Security specification

In terms of the requirement phase, what do we mean by "security specification"? Does it mean categorizing the security requirements under the security characteristics (such as authentication, ...
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Bug bar in the Microsoft SDLC

The Microsoft SDLC model decomposed the requirement phase into different practices, one of which is creating quality gates/ bug bar, where each identified bug should be classified into client or ...
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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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what security features a good Email Service Provider (for marketing) should have?

To choose the right Email Service Provider (ESP) for e-mail marketing processes, what are security requirements and checklists that we should pay attention to and ask for from vendors? In other ...
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What is the difference between misuse and abuse cases in security?

I know that misuse cases are use cases which help identify security requirements as they highlight the user's goal in misusing the system, but what exactly is abuse cases and what is the difference or ...
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Outsourcing software development and its effect on security

Some companies build their own software. Others outsource software development by hiring contractors or other companies to build software they need. When we need to build new custom software, is ...
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Does semi-sensitive information demand encryption / security? [closed]

Since it's been requested that this question be rewritten: Is SSL (or some other encryption equivalent) required in the below case? From a small local business website, is there any damage that an ...
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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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What are the key elements of a good security requirement?

What does a good security requirement for an application look like? I am talking about functional as well as non-functional security requirements here. For traceability reasons I consider it ...
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Design of a state machine model to solve conflict of interest in Computer Security

I need to design a state machine model to solve conflict of interest in computer security. [I know Chinese wall model but it is an information flow model] Are there any such existing models? Any ...
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What to consider in an SLA to ensure secure software when outsourcing software development?

To ensure secure development in the off shore team what are considerations to be taken into account in the SLA? I got this as a reference: http://www.it-director.com/enterprise/technology/content.php?...
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Are all security requirements expected to be testable?

Many approaches exist to define security requirements. To keep it simple, i would say to define a security requirement, one need to model the threat encountered when building up misuse cases for ...
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How to define security requirements to ensure that developers... do not provide security by obscurity?

I tried to explain that security by obscurity should not be used but let's say I was challenged! I received the answer to list the known security by obscurity that I know, as a kind of bad practice ...
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Is it necessary to protect user data if they know and agree to it being insecure?

If I'm running a website that, say, takes a survey, must I protect user data from disclosure if the users are informed initially that it's insecure? I'm not storing financial data or social security ...
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