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Brian Bradley. Data Security. Definitions. Data is any type of stored digital information. Security is about the protection of assets. Prevention: measures taken to protect your assets from being damaged.

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  • Data is any type of stored digital information.
  • Security is about the protection of assets.
  • Prevention: measures taken to protect your assets from being damaged.
  • Detection: measures taken to allow you to detect when an asset has been damaged, how it was damaged and who damaged it.
  • Reaction: measures that allow you to recover your assets.
  • Confidentiality ensures that that data is only read by the intended recipients.
  • Integrity ensures that all of the data has not been corrupted from its original source.
  • Availability guarantees that the data is usable upon demand.
  • Accountability is audit information that is kept and protected so that security actions can be traced to the responsible party.
audit standards
Audit Standards
  • Data Security is subject to several types of audit standards and verification.
  • The most common are ISO 17799, ISO 27001-02, PCI, ITIL, SAS-70, HIPPA, SOX
  • Security Administrators are responsible for creating and enforcing a policy that forms to the standards that apply to their organizations business.
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Audit Standards
  • IT certification audits are generally carried out by 3rd party accounting firms.
  • They generally can be done in a week or two, depending on the size of the organization.
  • Clients can also carry out audits before they begin doing business with the company to ensure that their data is secured to their standards.
security policy
Security Policy
  • A security policy is a comprehensive document that defines a companies’ methods for prevention, detection, reaction, classification, accountability of data security practices and enforcement methods.
  • It generally follows industry best practices as defined by ISO 17799,27001-02, PCI, ITIL, SAS-70, HIPPA , SOX or a mix of them.
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Security Policy
  • The security policy is the key document in effective security practices.
  • Once it has been defined it must be implemented and modified and include any exceptions that may need to be in place for business continuity.
  • All users need to be trained on these best practices with continuing education at regular intervals.
tools to secure data
Tools to Secure Data
  • Data needs to be classified in the security policy according to its sensitivity.
  • Once this has taken place, the most sensitive data has extra measures in place to safeguard and ensure its integrity and availability.
  • All access to this sensitive data must be logged.
  • Secure data is usually isolated from other stored data.
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Tools to Secure Data
  • Controlling physical access to the data center or area where the data is stored.
  • Active or Open Directory is a centralized authentication management system that is available to companies to control and log access to any data on the system.
  • Encryption of the sensitive data is critical before transmission across public networks.
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Tools to Secure Data
  • The use of firewalls on all publicly facing WAN connections.
  • Deploying VLANs’ and ACLs’ to isolate sensitive departments from the rest of the network.
  • Shutting down unused switch ports.
  • If wireless is deployed, use authentication servers to verify and log the identity of those logging on.
  • Anti-Virus and malicious software protection on all systems.
tools to monitor secure data
Tools to Monitor Secure Data
  • Walk around and look for passwords in the open.
  • Event Viewer / Log Files
  • Intrusion Detection/ Protection systems (IDS/IPS) such as SNORT.
  • These will alert Administrators of suspicious data flows.
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Tools to Monitor Secure Data
  • Set up SNMP monitoring servers to monitor and alert for everything.
  • This will alert Administrators to everything from unusual bandwidth usage to hardware failure.
  • It is key to know what's going on with your systems and network.
tools to document data security
Tools to Document Data Security
  • Microsoft Visio is the standard for drawing network maps.
  • These maps allow a detailed overview of the system and how it is functions.
  • They also allow the spotting of weak points of security and flaws in design that can impact reliability or continuity of the data to the end user.
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Tools to Document Data Security
  • Nessus is a network scanner that probes devices to ensure their secure.
  • It will probe and report old out of date software, open ports and the give details on potential exposure related to them.
  • Should be scheduled at least monthly enterprise wide.
  • A log needs to be kept of who was scanned so that anybody missed can be scanned either next time or individually.
tools to stay informed
Tools to Stay Informed
  • SANS Storm Center will keep you posted to the latest attack trends.
  • Read you log files regularly of any publicly facing server to see what types of attacks are being run against your enterprise.
  • Trade publications discuss the latest threats and technologies.
  • Understand the technology that you are protecting and the technology that is used to attack.
end user education
End User Education
  • All relevant security polices must be clearly explained to the end users.
  • A clear explanation of the consequences for violating these polices must also be explained.
  • The end user needs to sign a document acknowledging that they understand the policies and consequences for violating these policies.
  • Must obtain executive authority to enforce policy.
  • Systematic approach of warnings and punishments.
  • Coordinate with HR to document continued issues with staff.
thank you
Thank you!

I very much appreciate your time and interest.