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Quick Bytes: IT best practices

-  The Information Security Forum (ISF), a U.K.-based nonprofit group of more than 260 international corporate members from Adobe Systems to Zurich Financial Services, has released an updated version of The Standard of Good Practice for Information Security. This comprehensive standard allows organizations to measure the effectiveness of their security posture against an international benchmark. The latest version has added guidance on patch management and on mitigating threats posed by instant messaging. It has significantly updated sections on outsourcing, virus protection, and Web server security. Unlike most of ISF’s 200 or so publications, which are available only to members, The Standard of Good Practice is available to the public for free. Get it via SM Online.

Untangling Web of Wasted Time

- Westex Group, Inc., a trading and export management group in Washington, D.C., does not have a large staff. So Joju Sebastian, a technology consultant with the company, wondered why the company’s T-1 connection was being “bogged down big time” by persistent Internet use. He decided that it was time to track how the company’s 13 employees were using—and perhaps abusing—the Web. Sebastian brought the issue to the attention of the CEO, who agreed that the situation should be monitored.

Builders Contstruct Better Security

- Homebuilders fight construction site theft and a company fights personal Web surfing at work.

It best practices

- The Information Security Forum (ISF), a U.K.-based nonprofit group of more than 260 international corporate members from Adobe Systems to Zurich Financial Services, has released an updated version of The Standard of Good Practice for Information Security. This comprehensive standard allows organizations to measure the effectiveness of their security posture against an international benchmark. The latest version has added guidance on patch management and on mitigating threats posed by instant messaging. It has significantly updated sections on outsourcing, virus protection, and Web server security. Unlike most of ISF's 200 or so publications, which are available only to members, @ The Standard of Good Practice is available to the public for free.

Vaulting into Digital Video

- How a company made the move to a PC-based digital CCTV solution that made viewing and storing images easier tasks.

Quick Bytes: Wireless assessments

- If your organization has a wireless network, it must be regularly assessed to ensure that it remains secure from malicious outsiders.

Digital Maps Draw Better Response

- Mall security adopts software to view floor plans for safety purposes.

Wireless assessments

- If your organization has a wireless network, it must be regularly assessed to ensure that it remains secure from malicious outsiders. The tools, both free and commercial, that are available to perform these assessments are discussed in a paper available from The Center for Internet Security (CIS), a nonprofit group that publishes best-practices benchmarks for a range of common IT hardware and software. The paper, Assessing the Security of a Wireless Environment, is one of seven free publications on wireless security @ Get this and other CIS papers via SM Online

Banking on Encryption.

- A bank invests in e-mail encryption.

Supporting Staff Development

- To prosper, staff must be supported and held accountable.

Schools Get FERPA Guidance

- The Department of Education has developed guidelines and brochures for school officials and parents to better understand students' privacy rights.

Fune Tuning E-mail Control

- Smart solutions to security problems

Assessing Project Results

- To ensure that resources are directed effectively, companies have to assess the cause and effect relationship between changes made and results achieved.  
 




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