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    IT Security Cookbook - An excellent guide to computer & network security with a strong focus on writing and implementing security policy. This is primarily for security managers and system administrators.

    Computer Policy Guide - A commercial manual with sample policies. Topics include: Email; Internet Usage; Personal Computer Usage; Information Security; and Document Retention.

    RFC2196 (Site Security Handbook) - a guide to developing computer security policies and procedures for sites that have systems on the Internet.

    Building Effective, Tailored Information Security Policy - 20th NISSC Internet Technical Security Policy Panel

    Email Policy.com - Learn how to create a company e-mail policy and enforce it using email security software. Also lists sample email policies, books and links.

    Applying IT Security Policies & Computer Security Standards - Security policies and computer security standards must be implemented to be effective. This site introduces an approach to easing the problem of organization wide implementation.

    BS7799 Security Standard: Compliance & Positioning - What it is and how to achieve BS7799 compliance - a starting point.

    Computer and Information Security Policy - Formal IT security policy helps establish standards for IT resource protection by assigning program management responsibilities and providing basic rules, guidelines, and definitions for everyone in the organization. Policy thus helps prevent inconsistencies that can introduce risks, and policy serves as a basis for the enforcement of more detailed rules and procedures.

    Information Security - Discussion of topic with security policies and baseline standards information.

    Site Security Policy Development - Article by Rob McMillan outlining the importance and characteristics of a good security policy. This article is slightly dated, but provides a good starting point.

    Internet/Network Security Policy Development - How to write an effective network security policy. This is Part 4 of a 5 part tutorial on Internet and network security.

    Para-Protect's Para-Policy - Policy is the foundation for a strong and consistent security program. Policy is the often over-looked component of all good corporate information security programs.

    Computing Policies - The electronic resource usage and security policy for the University of Pennsylvania.

    BS 7799 Security Standard & Compliance - BS 7799, first published in February 1995, is a comprehensive set of controls comprising best practices in information security. BS 7799 is intended to serve as a single reference point for identifying a range of controls needed for most situations where information systems are used in industry and commerce, and to be used by large, medium and small organizations. It was significantly revised and improved in May 1999.

    Enhancing Enterprise Security - This is a solid site with a good overview of all factors which should go into to the design of a security policy.

    CERT Practice Modules: Securing Desktop Workstations - Develop and promulgate an acceptable use policy for workstations.

    Computer Policies for Employee Handbooks - Proven, affordable, ready made computer security and usage policies covering areas such as email, internet, virus, unauthorized changes, personal use, remote access and laptop precautions.

    Outsourcing Security Management - This purpose of this paper is to highlight some high-level security issues, faced by organizations when outsourcing security management. Some key factors regarding preparation and management of the outsourcing partnership are also included.

    ISO 17799 Standard: ISO17799 Compliance & Positioning - The ISO 17799 security standard: How to achieve full ISO17799 compliance

    Policy Over Policing - It's easy to develop e-mail and Internet policies, but education and documentation are crucial to their success.

    How to Develop a Network Secuity Policy White Paper - This document is for business executives, and others, who want to know more about Internet and internetworking security, and what measures you can take to protect your site.

    CERT Practice Modules: Improving Security - Determine contractor ability to comply with your organization's security policy.

    Make Your Web Site P3P Compliant - How to create and publish your company's platform for privacy perfomance policy, a W3C initiative, in 6 easy steps.

    Information Security Program Development - Security standards are needed by organizations because of the amount of information, the value of the information, and ease with which the information can be manipulated or moved.

    Security Planning - This paper provides guidelines for developing security policies and implementing controls to prevent computer risks from becoming reality.

    Shelfware: How to Avoid Writing Security Policy and Documentation That Doesnt Work - This paper explores the "GIAC Basic Security Policy" material (Part V of the course), looking into pitfalls that can make security policy and similar documentation unwieldy and unreadable.

    CERT Practice Modules: Responding to Intrusions - Establish policies and procedures for responding to intrusions.

    Structured Approach to Computer Security - A security policy is a set of rules written in general terms stating what is permitted and what is not permitted in a system during normal operation.

    Security Information Web Site - Content rich ready for publication security information web site enables companies to JUMP-START their security management program with policies, plans, techniques, and countermeasures

    Firewalls and Internet Security - Good paper with theory and firewalls description. Network security policy example.

    Toward Standardization of Information Security: BS 7799 - This paper describes BS 7799, the "Code of Practice for Information Security Management" as an information security management system, identifies the industry movement toward BS 7799 certification, reports the current effort involving the transformation of BS 7799 into ISO 17799 and suggests a need for the information security professional to familiar with BS 7799.

    World of Information Security Management - This site contains information on BS 7799 (ISO/IEC 17799)including the official Register of BS 7799 Certificates, International BS 7799 User Group, papers on the application of BS 7799 produced by business around the world.

    Developing Effective Information Systems Security Policies - This paper takes a top-down approach and provides a high-level overview for developing effective information systems policies.

    Create Order with a Strong Policy - A well-written, well-run security policy keeps cracks from appearing in your network's foundation.

    Policies and Procedures - A presentation from the SANS institute course "Building an Effective Security Infrastructure", which outlines the elements to be included when designing a corporate security policy. Also available for download in Power Point format.

    Do you have an intrusion detection response plan? - Discussion of what should go into the creation of an intrusion detection plan and the expected results.

    Baseline Software, Inc. - Information Security Policies Made Easy by Charles Cresson Wood, CISA, CISSP, noted international information security consultant and researcher.

    P3P Guiding Principles - Principles behind the W3C Platform for Privacy Preferences initiative.

    Group Policy and Security - The use of Group Policy to simplify the network security tasks that you face as a network administrator. With Group Policy, you can ensure that the machines on your network remain in a secure configuration after you deploy them.

    What's Your Policy? - If your company doesn't have written security policies, it's time it did, and Mark Edwards has some resources to help.

    Why Security Policies Fail - Objective analysis reveals that many breaches are linked to common weaknesses in the security policy...accidents waiting to happen. This article focuses on strategic and systematic weaknesses that can slowly degrade security operations.

    Site Security Policy Development - This paper outlines some issues that the writer of a Site Computer Security Policy may need to consider when formulating such a document.

    Best Practices in Network Security - Knowing how and what to protect and what controls to put in place is difficult. It takes security management, including planning, policy development and the design of procedures.

    Internet Security Policy: A Technical Guide - Contents - This document is intended to help an organization create a coherent Internet-specific information security policy.

    Policy Manager - Cisco Systems - Cisco Secure Policy Manager is a scalable, powerful security policy management system for Cisco firewalls and Virtual Private Network (VPN) gateways. Assistance is also provided with the development and audititing of security policy.

    Herding Cats 101: Development & Implementation of Security Policies at a University - The widely-publicized denial of service attacks of February 2000 showcase the need for a basic security policy which governs and oversees the type of activities that are allowed on university computing and network resources.

    How to Develop Your Companys First Security Baseline Standard - The goal of this document is to provide a guide for those charged with designing and implementing baseline security standards for the first time.

    Information Security Awarewness Policy - This document will explain the implementation of a security awareness policy and in what ways it is used to involve the user to be more alert towards security issues.

    What Do I Put in a Security Policy? - Discussion of how to use all the available information on security policies to create a client specific policy. Contains a sample policy outline.

    Developing a Computer Security Proposal for Small Businesses - How to Start - It has been widely reported that computerization has played a significant role in the current economic expansion. However, when it comes to systems management in general, and systems security in particular, small businesses are ill prepared to deal with the challenges that increased automation and increased connectivity bring.

    Network Security Policy A Managers Perspective - The tool that a Network Manager has to facilitate and manage good Network Security is policy.

    Considerations for an Acceptable Use Policy for a Commercial Enterprise - Computer security policies are the high cover that allow the computer security professional to effectively operate in an enterprise where the ultimate goal is to produce a product at a cost that allows the company to successfully compete in the marketplace.

    Network & IT Security Policies - Where to find IT security policies, network security policies and a unique method to deliver them. Site includes trial downloads for all software offered.

    Information Security Policies & Computer Security Policy Directory - This directory is intended to help you ensure that your policies actually meet your needs.

    Information Flow: Lessons Learned from the Old School - Understanding how information flows is core to being able to protect that information in transport.

    How to Develop Your Companys First Security Baseline Standard - In an age were security is becoming more important to many organisations, it is important for such organisations to document their security policy, just as they would document their marketing policy, client service policy or accounting policies. But the effort of just documenting policies is insufficient, since it is no use going through the effort and costs of developing a security policy and not implementing or updating it.

    Sun Tzu and the Art of (Cyber) War: Ancient Advice for Developing an Information Security Program - Though the battles fought are quite different from ancient China, Sun Tzus philosophies can aid when setting up a security program at your company.

    When a Security Policy Matures into a Security Solution - It is only through the implementation of security policies with a policy framework and testing to see whether the security exposures were reduced that one can measure if the security policy matured into a security solution.

    Enterprise Security Management (ESM): Centralizing Management of Your Security Policy - This paper will define Enterprise Security Management (ESM). It will discuss motivations for implementing ESM. It will also look at security policy development and overview some of the items that security policy should contain.

    Creating Security Policies Lessons Learned - After attending SANS training or other security classes we return to work with an eagerness to move forward with hardening servers, tightening firewalls, and implementing intrusion detection systems. This paper shows the reader some steps we have taken on our continuing journey towards a full set of security policies and procedures.

    ISO 17799 Service & Software Directory - Services and software for ISO 17799 audit, compliance, implementation and security risk analysis.

    Security Framework and Principles - The section of the Workstation Support Services Security Framework and Principles document from the University of California, Berkley.

    ITworld.com - Security's human side - When it comes to keeping your company's systems secure, employees and managers play roles as important as those of the technological gadgets they deploy.

    HIPAA Security Policy Development: A Collaborative Approach - The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), enacted on August 21, 1996 as Public Law 104-191, authorized the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop security standards to prevent inadvertent or intentional unauthorized use or disclosure of any health information that is electronically maintained or used in an electronic transmission.

    Introduction and Education of Information Security Policies to Employees - Information Security Policies are necessary to ensure that important data, business plans and other confidential information are protected from theft or unauthorized disclosure. If employees of any organization are not aware of these policies, they will not know what is expected of them.

    Steps to a Secure Network - The typical corporate security objective of the past has been to protect the Enterprise network from the Internet, but as we are reading in the news today, this has not been enough. The first step in protecting the Enterprise is to set realistic expectations.

    A System Security Policy for You - The purpose of this document is to meet the requirements of the GIAC Security Essentials assignment and to provide other interested parties with a reference document that they can use to get their System Security Policy (SSP) document started.

    Security Awareness Are Your Users "clued in" or "clueless"? - A sound security policy is the foundation of any successful security program. The policy defines the organizations overall posture toward security.

    Browsing with a Loaded Gun - A strong web Security Policy is key to keeping your company safe in the net-centric world. (PDF format)

    Model Security Policies - Sample of 25 model security policies for use as templates or guides when developing policies for your own environment.

    PKI Policy Whitepaper - This PKI Note provides general information about PKI policy, the role that policy plays in a PKI and how that policy applies to both traditional and PKI-enabled business environments.

    The Information Security Forum - The Forum's Standard of Good Practice for Information Security - The Information Security Forum has produced the Standard to provide guidelines on all aspects of information security including, IT, Data and Computer controls.

    Policy Standards and IETF Terminology - The goal of this series of papers is to present the elements of Policy-based Network Management (PBNM) and Quality of Service (QoS) in an organized and thorough manner.

    E-Policy - E-policy is a corporate statement and set-of-rules to protect the organisation from casual or intentional abuse that could result in the release of sensitive information, IT system failures or litigation against the organisation by employees or other parties.

    Sandstorm Modem Policy - This policy is designed to be an addition to an existing corporate security policy. It can be an addition to a Remote Access Policy, if one exists, or to simply stand alone as a Modem Access policy if no current policy of this sort exists at the Company.

    Policy-Based Network Architecture - This paper outlines the goals of the policy-based network architecture including the creation of a standards-based system that addresses both the enforcement and the administration of policies.

    The Necessity of a Corporate Policy on E-mail Use and Retention - Few firms have documented, legally enforceable use and retention policies for electronic messages. However, an appropriately implemented policy can help you reduce your company's legal exposure and the possibility of confidentiality breaches.

    Security Policy Roadmap Process for Creating Security Policies - The very first thing in information security is to set up policies and procedures on how to protect information. This paper presents a systematic approach in developing computer security policies and procedures.

    Leveraging a Securing Awareness Program from a Security Policy - Activities and procedures that give the Security Polices credibility and visibility. That is, a program that uses activities such as news and anecdotal stories, situational examples and discussion to lend relevance and pertinence to the policies.

    The Clark-Wilson Security Model - Much of the attention in the security arena has been devoted to developing sophisticated models (e.g. Bell-LaPadula model) and mechanisms for confidentiality, capabilities to provide confidentiality in information systems are considerably more advanced than those providing integrity. In this paper, we will explore the nature and scope of the Clark-Wilson (CW) model, which focuses on the information integrity issue.

    Security Policy: What it is and Why - The Basics - A security policy is nothing more than a well-written strategy on protecting and maintaining availability to your network and its resources.

    Introduction to Security Policies: An Overview of Policies - This is the first in a series of four articles devoted to discussing about how information security policies can be used as an active part of an organization's efforts to protect its valuable information assets.

    Introduction to Security Policies: Creating a Supportive Environment - This article will go over a few of things that can be done to ensure that security policies given the full support of the management of the organization, which will thereby increase the efficacy of the policies.

    Introduction to Security Policies: Structuring Security Policies - In this installment, we shall discuss how to develop and structure a security policy.

    Electronic Document Retention: Reducing Potential Liability for Email - A growing number of businesses are extending their existing retention policies to include electronic documents - particularly email.

    Controlling Inside Threats: Stalking the Wild End User - Threats come to a computer system from two sources: those outside the firewall, and those inside the firewall. Outside threats are often more dramatic than inside threats - the cola crazed hacker breaching the firewall at 3 AM is a popular stereotype. However, inside threats will occur more often and consume more of a Security Manager's time.

    Danger Within - The threats to a network come in many forms - from disgruntled employees, corporate espionage, lax system administrators, faulty products and poorly educated users. All of these fall into one of three categories: malicious attacks, misconfiguration (vendor or administrator), and user ignorance.

    Federal Systems Level Guidance for Securing Information Systems - The need for security guidelines and defense-in-depth strategies has never been greater. As a result Federal legislation has been / is being enacted to aid in securing of national information systems.

    Development of an Effective Communications Use Policy - Development of a good Communications Use Policy (also called an Acceptable Use Policy) is the cornerstone of a strong information security program.

    Managing Internet Use: Big Brother or Due Diligence? - This paper describes the major risks of granting widespread Internet access along with suggestions to mitigate them. It also covers monitoring policies and the privacy issues that arise from monitoring Internet use.


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