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Server Audit for the Dauntless

dauntless server auditIf you’re looking for an insightful server audit, and you’re dauntless, you might want to jump on this train.

First, why do you need to be dauntless?

Because you’re going to need to obtain your data from a number of different sources; the bigger your company, the more likely you’ll need to call on and question more than a handful of people.

Because comparing and tracking all the servers that are on one list, but not another can be a challenge.

Because it his highly LIKELY that you WILL find something and the server team will not be happy.

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How to Audit User Access

How to Audit User AccessWhen checking system access, make sure you look at all the different items that affect the user’s access. For example, the user might need one or more of the following:

  • Application ID
  • Application role or group
  • Membership in an local server group, Active Directory (AD) group, or UNIX Group
  • Access to the application’s share and/or folder on the server
  • Database ID
  • Database role, including access permissions (read/write)
  • Other permission (from a home-grown application code or enterprise identify management system)

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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 CEH/Shon Harris Videos

Shon Harris is offering FREE Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH) videos for online viewing. According to Harris, all the videos together are over 25 hours long.

The videos are listed below and can be viewed at www.logicalsecurity.com/resources/resources_videos.html.

So what’s the catch? Make sure you read this entire post before you leap!

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Top 10 Pay-Boosting Tech Certifications

According to Dice, the job search site, certain certifications increase technology professionals’ salaries at all experience levels.

After surveying nearly 17,000 techies, Dice found that the following certifications draw the most additional dollars (no particular order):

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Teach Yourself Security

What does it take to get started in information security? Can you teach yourself security?

This field requires you to understand how PCs, mobile devices, applications, servers, protocols, and networks operate. It helps to have a lot of curiosity and a good sense of where trouble lurks. And don’t forget Unix/Linux (more on that later).

I started as a PC support guy, became a server administrator, managed a network, and then became a security analyst. For me, it was a natural progression, but that’s the “old school” way of doing it. Security training was scarce, and there were few to no institutions offering training specific to that area. Also, the internet was still growing, and there were few security websites or blogs to learn from.

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Top 10 IT Jobs

According to CIO magazine, here’s the hot IT jobs (followed by comments by me in italics):

NOTE: IT Auditors, don’t pass over this article!

1. Security specialist/ethical hacker

One specialty, computer forensics, is hot. Forensic labs are almost always behind in their work. Is it due to a lack of good technicians or that forensic folks aren’t cheap? Either answer is good news.

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