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This Security Audit Checklist covers the most important topics that you are looking for and will help you to structure and communicate in a professional manner with those involved. There are several types of threats that may occur within an information system or operating environment Threats are usually grouped into general categories such as natural, human, and environmental, for example
Storm damage (e.g., flood) Fire Lightning strikes
Computer abuse Unauthorized access to Privacy Act and proprietary information Terrorism Sabotage or vandalism System tampering Spoofing Fraud Impersonation and social engineering Hacking Negligence or human error Theft Falsified data
Long-term power failure Chemical leakage Pollution The desired outcome of identifying and reviewing (assessing) threats and vulnerabilities are determining potential and actual risks to the organization.
- Accidental destruction, modification, disclosure, or incorrect classification of information
- Ignorance: inadequate security awareness, lack of security guidelines, lack of proper documentation, lack of knowledge
- Workload: Too many or too few system administrators, highly pressured users
- Users may inadvertently give information on security weaknesses to attackers
- Incorrect system configuration
- Security policy not adequate
- Security policy not enforced
- Security analysis may have omitted something important or be wrong.
- Remediation Action Cost Benefit-Risk
Develop a foundation of Security Policies, Practices, and Procedures, especially in the area of Change Control Low High High 2 Establish and enforce a globally-accepted password policy Low High High 3 Address vulnerability results in order of high risk to low-risk
Establish an Operations group facilitated discussion to improve processes and communications, and to eliminate any misunderstandings
Establish router configuration security standards, forming baseline practices Low High High
Harden servers on the internal network Low High High No. Moderate to Expensive High
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