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How Virtualization Changes Audits

If you haven’t determined how server virtualization changes your audit plans, you better get moving. I’m not just talking about a virtualization audit (more on that later), but the audits that you typically do every year or on a multi-year cycle.

For example, if every year you do an audit on all networks, servers, applications, and databases that host your key financial reporting or PHI systems, you’re looking at policies and procedures, configuration management, security (including patching), user access, logging, and so on. But do you first consider whether those assets run on virtualized servers?

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Free PIX Firewall Checker

Matasano Security has released an upgrade to Flint, a FREE web application that examines firewall configurations. “Flint examines firewalls, quickly computes the effect of all the configuration rules, and then spots problems.”

According to Matasano, once you upload a firewall configuration, Flint:

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SANS Audit Checklists

The SANS Audit Advice and Resources* website has a free checklists section:

6 VMWare Settings Every IT Auditor Should Know About

5 Things Every IT Auditor Needs to Know About: SSH Configuration

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What Needs to be on a GOOJ Card?

If you probe networks, systems, and applications, you need a GOOJ card to protect yourself and your job.

In How to Stay Out of Jail, I recommended that anyone who scans, probes, or pokes networks, systems, or devices should always carry a get-out-of-jail (GOOJ) card. I also provided some reasons why such a card is critical.

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5 Security Steps for Non-Big Businesses

Lenny Zeltser suggest 5 steps that mid-market organizations can take down the security path:

  1. Identify key data flows
  2. Understand user interactions
  3. Examine the network perimeter
  4. Assess the servers and workstations
  5. Look at the applications

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