Tag Archives: policy

Do you have User IDs Hidden in the Cloud?

hidden-in-the-cloudIt’s 10 o’clock in the cloud. Do you know where all your user IDs are? Are some hidden in the cloud?

Cloud security if often cloudy because it’s not on premise where you can control it easier.

That means you may have powerful user IDs in the cloud that your security team knows nothing about, which means….

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SONY stored Passwords in Password Directory

And in unprotected documents.

Lots of passwords. Lots of documents. Lots of easy access.

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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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Randomly Generate Weak Passwords

I was at a client’s site looking for more contract work when the manager of the department started telling me about their great IT security website on their Intranet. She clicks on their random generator password page and shows me how you can generate a block of “approved” passwords, sanctioned by their security department. At the top of the page, a banner read: Select a Strong Password!

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Avoid Hiring Paroled Auditors and CSOs

CSO magazine had a great article some time ago that I came across again entitled, How Not to Hire an Information Security Officer Who’s on Parole. After it describes some true-life hiring horrors, it provides some good points to remember about hiring:

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Conclusion: Audit Server Disappeared

In Case File: Audit Server Disappeared, I noted that a friend of mine learned that  IT had, on its own prerogative, wiped a server belonging to Internal Audit because “it never appeared to be used.”

Some of you already commented on some of the issues involved in this incident and the normal IT activities that should have prevented this incident (or at least alerted IT that something was wrong). Let’s review those comments and I’ll add some other details and comments.

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More Snake Oil

In Standard (Snake) Oil, I complained about  companies that don’t audit according to standards because some treat control owner statements as pure gold, don’t insist evidence be tied back to actual systems, and don’t ask all the appropriate questions.

Here’s a few more questionable practices that I’ve challenged all too recently.

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