What is involved in Security Controls
Find out what the related areas are that Security Controls connects with, associates with, correlates with or affects, and which require thought, deliberation, analysis, review and discussion. This unique checklist stands out in a sense that it is not per-se designed to give answers, but to engage the reader and lay out a Security Controls thinking-frame.
How far is your company on its Security Controls journey?
Take this short survey to gauge your organization’s progress toward Security Controls leadership. Learn your strongest and weakest areas, and what you can do now to create a strategy that delivers results.
To address the criteria in this checklist for your organization, extensive selected resources are provided for sources of further research and information.
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Below you will find a quick checklist designed to help you think about which Security Controls related domains to cover and 149 essential critical questions to check off in that domain.
The following domains are covered:
Security Controls, Access control, CIA Triad, Countermeasure, DoDI 8500.2, Environmental design, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, ISAE 3402, ISO/IEC 27001, Information Assurance, Information security, OSI model, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, Physical Security, SSAE 16, Security, Security engineering, Security management, Security risk, Security service:
Security Controls Critical Criteria:
Collaborate on Security Controls engagements and separate what are the business goals Security Controls is aiming to achieve.
– Are there multiple physical security controls (such as badges, escorts, or mantraps) in place that would prevent unauthorized individuals from gaining access to the facility?
– Which customers cant participate in our Security Controls domain because they lack skills, wealth, or convenient access to existing solutions?
– Does the cloud service agreement make its responsibilities clear and require specific security controls to be applied to the application?
– Are regular reviews of the effectiveness of the ISMS (including meeting of ISMS policy and objectives and review of security controls) undertaken?
– Do the security controls encompass not only the cloud services themselves, but also the management interfaces offered to customers?
– Can the cloud service provider demonstrate appropriate security controls applied to their physical infrastructure and facilities?
– Do we have policies and methodologies in place to ensure the appropriate security controls for each application?
– Does Security Controls systematically track and analyze outcomes for accountability and quality improvement?
– Is the measuring of the effectiveness of the selected security controls or group of controls defined?
– How do we make it meaningful in connecting Security Controls with what users do day-to-day?
– Does the cloud service provider have necessary security controls on their human resources?
– Do we have sufficient processes in place to enforce security controls and standards?
– Have vendors documented and independently verified their Cybersecurity controls?
– Do we have sufficient processes in place to enforce security controls and standards?
– What are the known security controls?
Access control Critical Criteria:
Have a meeting on Access control tasks and catalog Access control activities.
– Question to cloud provider: Does your platform offer fine-grained access control so that my users can have different roles that do not create conflicts or violate compliance guidelines?
– Are information security policies, including policies for access control, application and system development, operational, network and physical security, formally documented?
– Can the access control product protect individual devices (e.g., floppy disks, compact disks–read-only memory CD-ROM, serial and parallel interfaces, and system clipboard)?
– Does the provider utilize Network Access Control based enforcement for continuous monitoring of its virtual machine population and virtual machine sprawl prevention?
– If data need to be secured through access controls (e.g. password-protected network space), how will they be applied?
– Do access control logs contain successful and unsuccessful login attempts and access to audit logs?
– Is the process actually generating measurable improvement in the state of logical access control?
– Access control: Are there appropriate access controls over PII when it is in the cloud?
– Access Control To Program Source Code: Is access to program source code restricted?
– What is the direction of flow for which access control is required?
– Should we call it role based rule based access control, or rbrbac?
– Do the provider services offer fine grained access control?
– How is the value delivered by Security Controls being measured?
– What type of advanced access control is supported?
– What access control exists to protect the data?
– What is our role based access control?
– Who determines access controls?
CIA Triad Critical Criteria:
Incorporate CIA Triad goals and remodel and develop an effective CIA Triad strategy.
– What other organizational variables, such as reward systems or communication systems, affect the performance of this Security Controls process?
– What are the top 3 things at the forefront of our Security Controls agendas for the next 3 years?
– How important is Security Controls to the user organizations mission?
Countermeasure Critical Criteria:
Scrutinze Countermeasure planning and give examples utilizing a core of simple Countermeasure skills.
– What may be the consequences for the performance of an organization if all stakeholders are not consulted regarding Security Controls?
– Do several people in different organizational units assist with the Security Controls process?
– How to deal with Security Controls Changes?
DoDI 8500.2 Critical Criteria:
Face DoDI 8500.2 decisions and report on setting up DoDI 8500.2 without losing ground.
– What are the success criteria that will indicate that Security Controls objectives have been met and the benefits delivered?
– In a project to restructure Security Controls outcomes, which stakeholders would you involve?
– How do we know that any Security Controls analysis is complete and comprehensive?
Environmental design Critical Criteria:
Jump start Environmental design outcomes and assess what counts with Environmental design that we are not counting.
– Are we making progress? and are we making progress as Security Controls leaders?
– How does the organization define, manage, and improve its Security Controls processes?
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Critical Criteria:
Chart Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act tactics and optimize Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act leadership as a key to advancement.
– Have the types of risks that may impact Security Controls been identified and analyzed?
– What business benefits will Security Controls goals deliver if achieved?
– Does the Security Controls task fit the clients priorities?
ISAE 3402 Critical Criteria:
Study ISAE 3402 outcomes and know what your objective is.
– Who will be responsible for documenting the Security Controls requirements in detail?
ISO/IEC 27001 Critical Criteria:
Guide ISO/IEC 27001 leadership and give examples utilizing a core of simple ISO/IEC 27001 skills.
– What are your current levels and trends in key measures or indicators of Security Controls product and process performance that are important to and directly serve your customers? how do these results compare with the performance of your competitors and other organizations with similar offerings?
– What are the disruptive Security Controls technologies that enable our organization to radically change our business processes?
Information Assurance Critical Criteria:
Infer Information Assurance tasks and oversee Information Assurance management by competencies.
– Are we Assessing Security Controls and Risk?
Information security Critical Criteria:
Survey Information security management and correct better engagement with Information security results.
– Does the information security function actively engage with other critical functions, such as it, Human Resources, legal, and the privacy officer, to develop and enforce compliance with information security and privacy policies and practices?
– Has the organization established an Identity and Access Management program that is consistent with requirements, policy, and applicable guidelines and which identifies users and network devices?
– Is there an information security policy to provide mgmt direction and support for information security in accordance with business requirements, relevant laws and regulations?
– Does the ISMS policy provide a framework for setting objectives and establishes an overall sense of direction and principles for action with regard to information security?
– Is a risk treatment plan formulated to identify the appropriate mgmt action, resources, responsibilities and priorities for managing information security risks?
– Are information security events and weaknesses associated with information systems communicated in a manner to allow timely corrective action to be taken?
– Do we have an official information security architecture, based on our Risk Management analysis and information security strategy?
– Is the documented Information Security Mgmt System (ISMS) established, implemented, operated, monitored, reviewed, maintained and improved?
– Are information security roles and responsibilities coordinated and aligned with internal roles and external partners?
– Does your organization have a chief information security officer (CISO or equivalent title)?
– Ensure that the information security procedures support the business requirements?
– Is information security managed within the organization?
– What is information security?
OSI model Critical Criteria:
Ventilate your thoughts about OSI model issues and finalize the present value of growth of OSI model.
– Is maximizing Security Controls protection the same as minimizing Security Controls loss?
– Who is the main stakeholder, with ultimate responsibility for driving Security Controls forward?
– Can Management personnel recognize the monetary benefit of Security Controls?
Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard Critical Criteria:
Survey Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard outcomes and inform on and uncover unspoken needs and breakthrough Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard results.
– What are our best practices for minimizing Security Controls project risk, while demonstrating incremental value and quick wins throughout the Security Controls project lifecycle?
– Which individuals, teams or departments will be involved in Security Controls?
Physical Security Critical Criteria:
Look at Physical Security outcomes and clarify ways to gain access to competitive Physical Security services.
– Think about the kind of project structure that would be appropriate for your Security Controls project. should it be formal and complex, or can it be less formal and relatively simple?
– Does your Cybersecurity plan contain both cyber and physical security components, or does your physical security plan identify critical cyber assets?
– Has Cybersecurity been identified in the physical security plans for the assets, reflecting planning for a blended cyber/physical attack?
– Secured Offices, Rooms and Facilities: Are physical security for offices, rooms and facilities designed and applied?
– Is the security product consistent with physical security and other policy requirements?
– Why is Security Controls important for you now?
– Are there Security Controls Models?
SSAE 16 Critical Criteria:
Study SSAE 16 goals and separate what are the business goals SSAE 16 is aiming to achieve.
– Where do ideas that reach policy makers and planners as proposals for Security Controls strengthening and reform actually originate?
– What are the short and long-term Security Controls goals?
Security Critical Criteria:
Check Security engagements and stake your claim.
– What collaborative organizations or efforts has your company interacted with or become involved with to improve its Cybersecurity posture (such as NESCO, NESCOR, Fusion centers, Infragard, US-CERT, ICS-CERT, E-ISAC, SANS, HSIN, the Cross-Sector Cyber Security Working Group of the National Sector Partnership, etc.)?
– Governance: Is there a governance structure to ensure that PII is managed and protected through its life cycle, even when it is stored or processed in a cloud computing environment?
– Are the SaaS provider capabilities sufficient to automate user provisioning and life cycle management without implementing a custom solution for the SaaS service?
– How do you determine which systems, components and functions get priority in regard to implementation of new Cybersecurity measures?
– Is a report by an independent audit agency available, for covering the providers cloud services?
– Which regulations state that server and audit logs must be stored on a central logging server?
– Approximately, what is the total headcount of it security specialists in your organization?
– Documentation Logs What records should be kept from before, during, and after an incident?
– Is anti-virus software installed on all computers/servers that connect to your network?
– Could a system or security malfunction or unavailability result in injury or death?
– Is the security of application system s/w and information maintained?
– Is the Cybersecurity policy reviewed or audited?
– How can you retrieve data when you need it?
– Will a permanent standard be developed?
– What can be done to mitigate threats?
– How much to invest in Cybersecurity?
– Is sensitive information involved?
– Who has control?
Security engineering Critical Criteria:
Analyze Security engineering results and clarify ways to gain access to competitive Security engineering services.
– Will Security Controls deliverables need to be tested and, if so, by whom?
– How can skill-level changes improve Security Controls?
Security management Critical Criteria:
Dissect Security management risks and finalize the present value of growth of Security management.
– A compounding model resolution with available relevant data can often provide insight towards a solution methodology; which Security Controls models, tools and techniques are necessary?
– If our security management product supports access control based on defined rules, what is the granularity of the rules supported: access control per user, group, or role?
– Has the organization established an enterprise-wide business continuity/disaster recovery program that is consistent with requirements, policy, and applicable guidelines?
– Does the service agreement have metrics for measuring performance and effectiveness of security management?
– So, how does security management manifest in cloud services?
– Are damage assessment and disaster recovery plans in place?
– Who needs to know about Security Controls ?
– How do we Lead with Security Controls in Mind?
Security risk Critical Criteria:
Match Security risk decisions and proactively manage Security risk risks.
– Are we communicating about our Cybersecurity Risk Management programs including the effectiveness of those programs to stakeholders, including boards, investors, auditors, and insurers?
– Does the company have equipment dependent on remote upgrades to firmware or software, or have plans to implement such systems?
– Is our organization doing any form of outreach or education on Cybersecurity Risk Management (including the framework)?
– Do we have a formal escalation process to address Cybersecurity risks that suddenly increase in severity?
– Are recovery activities communicated to internal stakeholders and executive and management teams?
– Is there a schedule for required password updates from default vendor or manufacturer passwords?
– Is there a person at our organization who assesses vulnerabilities, consequences, and threats?
– What are our needs in relation to Security Controls skills, labor, equipment, and markets?
– Do your response plans include lessons learned and mechanisms for continual improvement?
– How do we end up with a world where we do not have Cybersecurity have and have nots?
– Does senior leadership have access to Cybersecurity risk information?
– Are passwords, log-ins, and email accounts cancelled and reassigned?
– What needs to happen for improvement actions to take place?
– Does the company use the NIST Cybersecurity framework?
– what is our Ultimate Disaster Scenario?
– What is Encryption ?
Security service Critical Criteria:
Value Security service tactics and maintain Security service for success.
– During the last 3 years, has anyone alleged that you were responsible for damages to their systems arising out of the operation of your system?
– Is there an appropriately trained security analyst on staff to assist in identifying and mitigating incidents involving undetected malware?
– Is data (i.e. personal information) encrypted on laptops and other mobile devises used for storing and transferring data?
– There are numerous state and federal laws requiring IT security compliance. Do you know which apply to your organization?
– Have you had a PCI compliance audit performed in the last 12 months by an approved PCI Qualified Security Assessor?
– Is legal review performed on all intellectual property utilized in the course of your business operations?
– What percentage of revenues is generated from services provided by sub-contractors?
– Do you or any third parties conduct any penetration & vulnerability testing?
– In the managed security scenario, is there a periodic reporting procedure?
– Do you have a formal procedure in place for handling customer complaints?
– Are network and system backups performed at least once per week?
– What issues/factors affect IT security service decisions?
– Do you require customer sign-off on mid-project changes?
– Do you have any DR/business continuity plans in place?
– Where is your wireless implemented and how is it used?
– What is the average contract value and duration?
– Is sensitive data being properly encrypted?
– Do we have an Arbitration Clause?
– Do you have VoIP implemented?
– Should you hire a hacker?
This quick readiness checklist is a selected resource to help you move forward. Learn more about how to achieve comprehensive insights with the Security Controls Self Assessment:
Author: Gerard Blokdijk
CEO at The Art of Service | http://theartofservice.com
Gerard is the CEO at The Art of Service. He has been providing information technology insights, talks, tools and products to organizations in a wide range of industries for over 25 years. Gerard is a widely recognized and respected information expert. Gerard founded The Art of Service consulting business in 2000. Gerard has authored numerous published books to date.
To address the criteria in this checklist, these selected resources are provided for sources of further research and information:
Security Controls External links:
[PDF]Recommended Security Controls for Federal …
[PDF]Demilitarization and Trade Security Controls
SANS Institute – CIS Critical Security Controls
Access control External links:
What is Access Control? – Definition from Techopedia
Linear Pro Access – Professional Access Control Systems
Mercury Security Access Control Hardware & Solutions
CIA Triad External links:
Cia Triad – Term Paper
CIA Triad « CIPP Guide
CIA Triad – Central Oregon Community College
DoDI 8500.2 External links:
[PDF]DoDI 8500.2 Solution Brief
DoDI 8500.2 – Intelsat General Corporation
dodi 8500.2 superseded | Documentine.com
Environmental design External links:
T. Lake Environmental Design | Landscaping Macon …
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act External links:
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act …
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
[PDF]Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
ISAE 3402 External links:
[PDF]AccountChek™ Level Security SSAE 16/ISAE 3402 …
[PDF]ISAE 3402 REPORT FOR THE PERIOD 1 JANUARY TO …
22. What are SSAE 16 and ISAE 3402? What happened to …
ISO/IEC 27001 External links:
ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security | BSI America
BSI Training – ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Implementer
http://ISO/IEC 27001:2013 is an information security standard that was published on the 25th September 2013. It supersedes ISO/IEC 27001:2005, and is published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) under the joint ISO and IEC subcommittee, ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27.
Information Assurance External links:
Information Assurance Training Center
[PDF]Information Assurance Specialist – GC Associates USA
Title Information Assurance Jobs, Employment | Indeed.com
Information security External links:
Managed Security Services | Information Security Solutions
[PDF]TITLE: INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT …
Title & Settlement Information Security
OSI model External links:
The OSI Model Layers from Physical to Application – Lifewire
OSI Model Flashcards | Quizlet
The OSI Model’s Seven Layers Defined and Functions …
Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard External links:
Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard – CyberArk
Physical Security External links:
UAB – Business and Auxiliary Services – Physical Security
ADC LTD NM Leader In Personnel & Physical Security
Access Control and Physical Security
SSAE 16 External links:
SSAE 16 – Overview
[PDF]Payday – SSAE 16
SSAE 16 Type 2 Compliant – Alliant National
Security External links:
my Social Security | Social Security Administration
Security First Florida – Official Site
Security engineering External links:
Security Engineering – Covenant Security Solutions
Security management External links:
Yantarni Security – Security Management
Welcome to 365 Security | 365 Security Management Group
Information Security Management Company | …
Security risk External links:
Security Risk (1954) – IMDb
Security Risk (eBook, 2011) [WorldCat.org]
Security service External links:
Contact Us: Questions, Complaints | Security Service
myBranch Online Banking Log In | Security Service