Top 10 Security Management Best Practices

Security management now is more complex and the top 10 security management best practices are now a must for CIOs and CSOs

Too many companies have found out the hard way that their most valuable assets are exposed and vulnerable to hacker attracts, theft and destruction. They now have learned a very expensive lesson, a company's valuable information cannot be undone, and also often leads to significant damage to your company's reputation.

10 Scrutiny Management Best Practices

  • Centralize Malware Management  - Centralize malware monitoring, incident responses, assessing and reporting operational impacts from end point to perimeter with regard to ensuring activation and standard use, monitoring and reviewing malware activity, and most importantly, responding to issues. Include all sources
    • anti-malware applications,
    • anti-virus,
    • anti-trojan,
    • spam filtering,
    • web filtering and
    • website scanners.
  • Establish Boundary Control - Consolidate monitoring of access activity from boundary defenses including firewalls, routers, VPNs and other network resources.   Setup analysis of cross-correlating network flows with other operational data to identify suspicious behavior and potential security threats. Understand boundary definitions in each organization in terms of levels of risk, appropriate access grants and monitoring interests.
  • Centralize Provisioning and Authorization Management - Establish firm rules, alerts and reporting to consolidate all provisioning and authorization management - monitor successful logins, subsequent secondary logins and user/system activities to facilitate investigations. Eliminate shared credentials. Monitor failures in addition to successful accesses to monitor and investigate insider threats including privileged users and consultants.
  • Implement Acceptable Use Policy - Publish Acceptable Use policies so which users better understand when, where and how best to use and protect corporate assets and information. Create watch lists used to facilitate monitoring processes for the acceptable use of critical resources, user roles and specific acceptable use policy violations. Include monitoring for after hour and focus on non-typical uses.  
  • Build Security into Applications Starting in the Design Phase - Design security into applications.   That includes both new applications and existing ones. Go beyond the perimeter, network and host security defenses and include application platform monitoring, resource monitoring, web application defenses and database activity monitoring. Incorporate web application firewalls (WAF) to inspect and filter HTTP traffic at the application layer to monitor web and mobile applications. .
  • Understand and implement all compliance and audit requirements –understand applicable industry, regulatory and legal obligations for security and risk management. Compliance reports and dashboards should be defined to support security analysts, internal and external auditors and the CIO or CSO.
  • Implement Monitoring and reporting processes - Define monitoring and reporting requirements including objectives, targets, capacity requirements, compliance reports, implementation and work flow with key constituents prior to deployment of any technical tools.
  • Manage security deployment and infrastructure processes - Manage the deployment in phases, maintain source activation and consistent delivery of event and log data and refine the system continuously. On-going maintenance costs and growth plans need to be incorporated as part of the overall planning to obtain a true Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
  • Implement network and host defenses - Aggregate IDS/IPS alerting and filter IDS/IPS false positives and facilitate incident management.
  • Constantly validate network and system resource integrity -  Manage the infrastructure, from deployed devices, systems, applications to configuration, vulnerability and patch details to assure and maintain operating integrity.
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  • Business and IT Impact Questionnaire
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