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 148 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, International Standard Book Number, 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:
Map Security Controls visions and define what our big hairy audacious Security Controls goal is.
– 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?
– 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 those selected for the Security Controls team have a good general understanding of what Security Controls is all about?
– Do we have policies and methodologies in place to ensure the appropriate security controls for each application?
– Among the Security Controls product and service cost to be estimated, which is considered hardest to estimate?
– Is the measuring of the effectiveness of the selected security controls or group of controls defined?
– 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?
– Will Security Controls deliverables need to be tested and, if so, by whom?
– What are the known security controls?
Access control Critical Criteria:
Think about Access control tasks and attract Access control skills.
– 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?
– 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)?
– 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?
– Does the provider utilize Network Access Control based enforcement for continuous monitoring of its virtual machine population and virtual machine sprawl prevention?
– Access control: Are there appropriate controls over access to PII when stored in the cloud so that only individuals with a need to know will be able to access it?
– Which customers cant participate in our Security Controls domain because they lack skills, wealth, or convenient access to existing solutions?
– 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?
– Do the provider services offer fine grained access control?
– 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:
Align CIA Triad outcomes and overcome CIA Triad skills and management ineffectiveness.
– Does Security Controls systematically track and analyze outcomes for accountability and quality improvement?
– Is there any existing Security Controls governance structure?
– Does our organization need more Security Controls education?
Countermeasure Critical Criteria:
Paraphrase Countermeasure failures and raise human resource and employment practices for Countermeasure.
– Will Security Controls have an impact on current business continuity, disaster recovery processes and/or infrastructure?
– Is Supporting Security Controls documentation required?
– What are current Security Controls Paradigms?
DoDI 8500.2 Critical Criteria:
Consolidate DoDI 8500.2 leadership and raise human resource and employment practices for DoDI 8500.2.
– Are there any disadvantages to implementing Security Controls? There might be some that are less obvious?
– Who is the main stakeholder, with ultimate responsibility for driving Security Controls forward?
– Are we making progress? and are we making progress as Security Controls leaders?
Environmental design Critical Criteria:
Consolidate Environmental design failures and explain and analyze the challenges of Environmental design.
– For your Security Controls project, identify and describe the business environment. is there more than one layer to the business environment?
– How likely is the current Security Controls plan to come in on schedule or on budget?
– Do you monitor the effectiveness of your Security Controls activities?
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Critical Criteria:
Have a meeting on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act risks and figure out ways to motivate other Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act users.
– Do we all define Security Controls in the same way?
– What is our Security Controls Strategy?
ISAE 3402 Critical Criteria:
Chat re ISAE 3402 goals and report on setting up ISAE 3402 without losing ground.
– What are your key performance measures or indicators and in-process measures for the control and improvement of your Security Controls processes?
ISO/IEC 27001 Critical Criteria:
Cut a stake in ISO/IEC 27001 projects and maintain ISO/IEC 27001 for success.
– Are there recognized Security Controls problems?
– What threat is Security Controls addressing?
Information Assurance Critical Criteria:
Frame Information Assurance tasks and finalize the present value of growth of Information Assurance.
– Do the Security Controls decisions we make today help people and the planet tomorrow?
– Can Management personnel recognize the monetary benefit of Security Controls?
Information security Critical Criteria:
Jump start Information security risks and proactively manage Information security risks.
– Are information security policies, including policies for access control, application and system development, operational, network and physical security, formally documented?
– Do we maintain our own threat catalogue on the corporate intranet to remind employees of the wide range of issues of concern to Information Security and the business?
– Are Human Resources subject to screening, and do they have terms and conditions of employment defining their information security responsibilities?
– Do we have an official information security architecture, based on our Risk Management analysis and information security strategy?
– Is the risk assessment approach defined and suited to the ISMS, identified business information security, legal and regulatory requirements?
– Are information security roles and responsibilities coordinated and aligned with internal roles and external partners?
– Have standards for information security across all entities been established or codified into law?
– Is information security ensured when using mobile computing and tele-working facilities?
– What best describes the authorization process in information security?
– What is true about the trusted computing base in information security?
– Does mgmt establish roles and responsibilities for information security?
– Is an organizational information security policy established?
– Are damage assessment and disaster recovery plans in place?
– How to achieve a satisfied level of information security?
– Conform to the identified information security requirements?
– What is information security?
International Standard Book Number Critical Criteria:
Trace International Standard Book Number engagements and finalize specific methods for International Standard Book Number acceptance.
– How do we ensure that implementations of Security Controls products are done in a way that ensures safety?
– What potential environmental factors impact the Security Controls effort?
OSI model Critical Criteria:
Investigate OSI model planning and look in other fields.
– Is there a Security Controls Communication plan covering who needs to get what information when?
– Risk factors: what are the characteristics of Security Controls that make it risky?
Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard Critical Criteria:
Weigh in on Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard failures and catalog Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard activities.
– Consider your own Security Controls project. what types of organizational problems do you think might be causing or affecting your problem, based on the work done so far?
– How do we Lead with Security Controls in Mind?
Physical Security Critical Criteria:
Derive from Physical Security outcomes and find the ideas you already have.
– How do your measurements capture actionable Security Controls information for use in exceeding your customers expectations and securing your customers engagement?
– 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?
SSAE 16 Critical Criteria:
Have a round table over SSAE 16 engagements and oversee SSAE 16 requirements.
– In the case of a Security Controls project, the criteria for the audit derive from implementation objectives. an audit of a Security Controls project involves assessing whether the recommendations outlined for implementation have been met. in other words, can we track that any Security Controls project is implemented as planned, and is it working?
– Do several people in different organizational units assist with the Security Controls process?
Security Critical Criteria:
Graph Security issues and grade techniques for implementing Security controls.
– How do various engineering job roles and Cybersecurity specialty roles engage to maximize constructive overlap and differences to address security for these systems?
– How can you protect the hypervisor (a key component for cloud infrastructures) which interacts and manages multiple environments in the cloud?
– Does your organization perceive the need for more effort to promote security and trust in data technologies?
– Can our company identify any other mandatory Cybersecurity standards that apply to its systems?
– Are you buying into a cloud architecture/infrastructure/ service which is not compliant?
– Do you have a baseline configuration of IT/ICS that is used and regularly maintained?
– Have logical and physical connections to key systems been evaluated and addressed?
– Will my cloud provider be transparent about governance and operational issues?
– What skill or skills do we want the audience to learn and apply?
– What is the range of the limitation of liability in contracts?
– Do you have log/event monitoring solutions in place today?
– Is PII going to be stored/processed by the cloud services?
– How do we build the Trusted Cloud ?
– How Much Security is Enough?
– Where is it stored?
– What Is Privacy?
Security engineering Critical Criteria:
Survey Security engineering planning and frame using storytelling to create more compelling Security engineering projects.
– How do you determine the key elements that affect Security Controls workforce satisfaction? how are these elements determined for different workforce groups and segments?
– In what ways are Security Controls vendors and us interacting to ensure safe and effective use?
– How can we improve Security Controls?
Security management Critical Criteria:
Set goals for Security management engagements and observe effective Security management.
– 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?
– 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?
– Is the Security Controls organization completing tasks effectively and efficiently?
– Is there a business continuity/disaster recovery plan in place?
– So, how does security management manifest in cloud services?
Security risk Critical Criteria:
Group Security risk planning and optimize Security risk leadership as a key to advancement.
– If the liability portion of a Cybersecurity insurance policy is a claims-made policy, is an extended reporting endorsement (tail coverage) offered?
– How do you monitor your Cybersecurity posture on business IT systems and ICS systems and communicate status and needs to leadership?
– For the most critical systems, are multiple operators required to implement changes that risk consequential events?
– Do you have a consumer communication plan or a way of dealing with customer perceptions and expectations?
– Is removable media protected and its use restricted according to your organizations policies?
– Where do we locate our Cybersecurity Risk Management program/office?
– Are records kept of successful Cybersecurity intrusions?
– Who is in charge of ensuring that the repair is made?
– Do you use contingency-driven consequence analysis?
– Why focus on Cybersecurity & resilience?
– Can keys be easily copied?
– What Are We Protecting?
Security service Critical Criteria:
Experiment with Security service outcomes and oversee Security service management by competencies.
– Certainly the increasingly mobile work force makes compliance more difficult. With more endpoints, devices and people involved, there is that much more to watch. There are devices not owned by the organization pulling data off the organizations network. Is your organizations policy consistent with that of contractors you work with?
– If a back door exit was used to circumvent an attack, do the attackers now know of such a back door, and thus should a new back door be constructed?
– There are numerous state and federal laws requiring IT security compliance. Do you know which apply to your organization?
– Do you sell or share the personal subscriber/customer information with other unaffiliated 3rd parties?
– Are we bale to find the entry point of an incident (network, phone line, local terminal, etc.)?
– Do you have written guidelines for your use of social media and its use by your employees?
– Do you or any third parties conduct any penetration & vulnerability testing?
– Do you have written contracts or agreements with each client?
– Do you require customer sign-off on mid-project changes?
– Do you have any DR/business continuity plans in place?
– Have you had a security audit performed in the past?
– What is the average contract value and duration?
– What is the funding source for this project?
– Do you allow remote access to your system?
– Who should be notified about incidents?
– Indemnification Clause to your benefit?
– What type of IDS system are you using?
– How can demand and supply meet?
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:
Picture This: A visual guide to security controls – CertMag
Access control External links:
Linear Pro Access – Professional Access Control Systems
What is Access Control? – Definition from Techopedia
Multi-Factor Authentication – Access control | Microsoft Azure
CIA Triad External links:
CIA Triad of Information Security – Techopedia.com
CIA Triad « CIPP Guide
CIA Triad Flashcards | Quizlet
Countermeasure External links:
Countermeasure | definition of countermeasure by …
Countermeasure | Definition of Countermeasure by …
DoDI 8500.2 External links:
DoDI 8500.2 – Intelsat General Corporation
Environmental design External links:
Careers | Environmental Design Group
T. Lake Environmental Design | Landscaping Macon …
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act External links:
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act …
[PDF]Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
ISAE 3402 External links:
22. What are SSAE 16 and ISAE 3402? What happened to …
ISAE 3402 – Overview
[PDF]AccountChek™ Level Security SSAE 16/ISAE 3402 …
ISO/IEC 27001 External links:
ISO/IEC 27001 certification standard
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
Job Title: INFORMATION ASSURANCE SPECIALIST
Title Information Assurance Jobs, Employment | Indeed.com
Information security External links:
Federal Information Security Management Act – NIST
[PDF]TITLE: INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT …
[PDF]Tax Information Security Guidelines For Federal, …
International Standard Book Number External links:
International Standard Book Number – Quora
What is an ISBN (International Standard Book Number)?
[PDF]International Standard Book Number: 0-942920-53-8
OSI model External links:
Why is the OSI model important? – Updated 2017 – Quora
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 …
Physical Security External links:
UAB – Business and Auxiliary Services – Physical Security
Army COOL Summary – ASI H3 – Physical Security Operations
ADC LTD NM Leader In Personnel & Physical Security
SSAE 16 External links:
SSAE 16 Auditing and Reporting Services – A-LIGN
SSAE 16 Type 2 Compliant – Alliant National
SSAE 16: What It Is and Why It Matters – Onshore Title
Security External links:
my Social Security | Social Security Administration
Security engineering External links:
Blockchain Protocol Analysis and Security Engineering …
Master of Science Cyber Security Engineering – USC Online
Security management External links:
Personnel Security Management Office for Industry …
Endpoint Security Management Software and Solutions – Promisec
Cisco Content Security Management Virtual Appliance …
Security risk External links:
[PDF]Supersedes ADMINISTRATIVE Security Risk …
Security Risk (1954) – IMDb
Security Risk (eBook, 2011) [WorldCat.org]
Security service External links:
myBranch Online Banking Log In | Security Service
Security Service Federal Credit Union – Home | Facebook
Contact Us | Security Service