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Top 10 BYOD Security Best Practices

Top 10 BYOD Security Best Practices Implemented  by “World Class” CIOs

Top 10 BYOD Security Best PracticesTop 10 BYOD Security Best Practices have been implemented by almost all “World Class” CIOs and CTOs.  The importance of these is only magnified by the implementation of Blockchain and DLT applications.

The Best Practices are:

  1. Implement a formal written BYOD policy
  2. Set up a locking password on each device
  3. Implement a phone locater on all devices
  4. Protect the access point of your network
  5. Implement anti-virus – utilize VPNs
  6. Manage authorized applications.
  7. Utilized data encryption on e-mails and enterprise data
  8. Utilize the cloud as a back up source
  9. Be wary of applications like QR coder readers
  10. Monitor access and data usage by device and by user

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Top 10 Security Best Practices take effort to implement

Too many companies have found out the hard way that their most valuable assets are exposed and vulnerable to hacker attracts, theft and destruction. They now have learned a very expensive lesson, a company’s valuable information cannot be undone, and also often leads to significant damage to your company’s reputation.

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Cloud Security Vulnerabilities

Top 10 Cloud Security Vulnerabilities

Top 10 Cloud Security Vulnerabilities have been identified and ranks by level of importance and impact by a panel of 57  CIOs, CTOs, and CSOs.

Cloud Security Vulnerabilities

Top 10 Security Vulnerabilities have been identified by a 100 plus CIOs, CTOs, and CSOs from Fortune 500 companies

The top 10 are:

  1. Data breaches
  2. Weak Security
  3. Non-Secure Interfaces & API
  4. OS vulnerabilities
  5. Account hijacking
  6. Insider breach as System Administrator
  7. Parasitic code on server
  8. Data Destruction
  9. Denial of service (DoS).
  10. Ransomware

All of these are addressed in Janco’s How to Guide for Cloud Process and Outsourcing.

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Top 10 best practices address Cloud Security Vulnerabilities

Top 10 best practices for cloud Security – The cloud is great technology that helps organizations to improved productivity, reduce costs, and simplify the user’s life. However it does raise significant security risks. Here are 10 best practices that if followed minimize those risks.

  1. Utilize a SDM (System Development Methodology) to design, test and implement changes in the both the source and object level code.
  2. Implement a disaster recovery and business continuity plan that includes a focus on security of the data and application assets that are cloud based.
  3. Implement metrics and cloud application monitoring which can help to detect potential security violations and breaches in the cloud based data and applications
  4. Utilize a secure access and change management system to manage revisions to the cloud application.
  5. Utilize a patch management approach to install revisions to the cloud data and application.
  6. Implement a log management system to have an accurate audit trail of what occurs on the cloud.
  7. Implement firm security policies via a formal security management system (see https://www.e-janco.com/Security.htm and https://www.e-janco.com/Cloud.htm).
  8. Review latest published cloud vulnerabilities and make appropriate changes to cloud applications and access rules
  9. Contract with independent 3rd parties to find security vulnerabilities in your cloud based applications
  10. At least annually, conduct a security compliance audit on the total cloud based application from development to user access.

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Cyber Threats are on the rise

Cyber Threats are on the rise – cyber crime is here to stay

Cyber Threats are on the rise and cybercrime is here to stay

Cyber Threats are on the rise and cyber crime is here to stay

Cyber threats are on the rise, in 2017 there was over $600 billion globally of costs associated with cyber crime.  Other key facts:

  • The forecast for 2019 is that $11.5B billion in damage costs due to ransomware
  • 94% of all data breaches begin with a click on a link in an email
  • In 2017 consumers lost over $20 Billion due to cyber crime
  • In 2015 businesses lost over $20 billion due to email accounts being compromised

In 2016 over 20 billion people had records stolen or compromised

Things that consumers and business should do are:

  • Implement device monitoring and protection
  • Conduct frequent Dark web scans to identify breaches
  • Utilize VPNs and avoid public free Wi-Fi connections
  • Implement a secure password safe process
  • Harden devices to protect against cyber security
  • Implement bio metric and dual factor authentication
  • Scan connected IoT devices
  • Monitor credit reporting systems
  • Implement secure backups with a long retention cycle.

Security Manual Template – Cyber Threats are on the rise

Many organizations fail to realize the benefits of security information management due to the often exhaustive financial and human resource costs of implementing and maintaining the software. However, Janco’s’ Security Manual Template – the industry standard – provides the infrastructure tools to manage security, make smarter security decisions and respond faster to security incidents and compliance requests within days of implementation.

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Chief Experience Officer (CXO) Job Description

Chief Experience Officer (CXO) Job Description

CXO - Chief Experience Officer Job Description

The CX is one of the hottest jobs on the market

Chief Experience Officer (CXO) Job Description.  The Chief Experience Officer (CXO) drives the enterprise’s growth in the user experience arena.  They oversee operations in all user experience sectors like marketing, image setting, mobile applications, social media, related technologies, and virtual goods, as well as web-based management and marketing.

The CXO is not only a user experience expert but also a seasoned marketing, brand, and product manager. As the role is transformational, the CXOs is responsible for the adoption of consistent user interfaces across the entire business. As with most senior executive titles, the responsibilities are set by the organization’s board of directors or other authority, depending on the organization’s legal structure.

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C-Level Job Description Bundle

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The C-Level job description bundle contains the top eight (8) IT job descriptions. Each is between 5 to 8 pages long and is at the level of detail that KPI performance metrics can be defined and related directly to both employment contracts and compensation/bonus levels.

  • Chief Information Officer(CIO)
  • Chief Information Officer (CIO) – Small Enterprise
  • Chief Experience Officer (CXO)
  • Chief Security Officer (CSO)
  • Chief Compliance Officer (CCO)
  • Chief Mobility Officer
  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
  • Chief Digital Officer (CDO)

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Expired Password

Expired Password Rules

Expired Password

Expiring passwords is no longer considered a best practice by many security experts

Expired Password – the process of expiring Passwords is an obsolete practice that is not worth the effort. Microsoft agrees with that.  In a company post they said, periodic password expiration is an ancient and obsolete mitigation of very low value, and Microsoft does not believe it’s worthwhile for a baseline to enforce any specific value.

As a result, Microsoft has dropped as a best practice that passwords should be frequently changed. In its Windows security configuration baseline model.  That model is collection of recommended group policies and their settings, accompanied by reports, scripts and analyzers. Earlies models had advised enterprises and other organizations to mandate a password change every 60 days.

Password Policies

Policies to automatically expire passwords – and other group policies that set security standards – are often misguided.  According to security expers. the small set of ancient password policies enforceable through Windows’ security templates is not and cannot be a complete security strategy for user credential management.

Better practices are multi-factor authentication – also known as two-factor authentication – and banning weak, vulnerable, easily-guessed or frequently revealed passwords.

Security Policies

Solutiion implemeting the Security Policies and Procedures. Janco’s Security Manual Template both the Business & IT Impact Questionnaire and the Threat & Vulnerability Assessment Tool (both were redesigned to address Sarbanes Oxley and CobiT compliance). In addition, the Security Manual Template PREMIUM Edition  contains 16 detail job descriptions that apply specifically to security and Sarbanes Oxley, ISO 27000 (ISO27001 and ISO27002),CobiT, PCI-DSS, and HIPAA. Data Protection is a priority.

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PCMatic Support Poor at Best

PCMatic Support Poor at Best – email only

PCMatic Support Poor at Best, when you have an issue they have no user forum, no real knowledge base to query, no on-line chat, nor a tech support phone number.

We tried the Pro version of PCMatic and found it an interesting solution to the protection arena.

When we had a problem with another program and added to the white list. That did not make any difference.  That we found strange.  Let me explain.

PCMatic Support

PCMatic Support should implement polices on Patch Management, version control, and service desk support.

We could install the other program (DriverSupport.com) and add it to the white list. All went well until a reboot was required. PCMatic just REMOVED the whitelisted program. We sent 3 help requests that respond with ROBOTIC canned answers that do not answer the question of how to get around the issue.

There is NO link to a follow-up area, there is NO phone number listed of who I can talk to, and there is NO user forum where I can ask if another user has solved the problem. The only solution that I have is to request a refund.

This is the WORST customer service we have seen yet in the virus protection arena. PcMactic prides itself as being all U.S. made and suppported. They might as well be in India, at least there someone will talk to you.

AVOID THIS PRODUCT IT IS NOT WORTH THE TIME TO MAKE IT WORK. They should spend more on technical support and less on TV ads

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Top 10 Reputation Management Rules

Top 10 Reputation Management Rules

Top 10 Security Management rules

Top 10 Security Management rules are defined in Janco’s Security Manual Template.

Top 10 Reputation Management Rules are defined in detail in Janco’s Security Manual Template.

Without constant vigilance, your company is vulnerable to attack. The first step to take is to assess your current security stance, then make a plan to increase security with proper best practices and technologies.

Top ten commandments of security management for CSOs, CIOs, and IT Managers

  1. Limit access to information to those who need to have it. People can’t misuse information that they don’t have.
  2. Conduct frequent and deep security audits. Identify who has access to what – and how their actions could weaken the protection of valuable data/information.
  3. Set limits to information access. Do not exclude all information from access – data exclusion locks down access. Limits set authorizations so specific people can do specific things under specific circumstances.
  4. Limit administrative rights to as few individuals as possible. Very few individuals need them to do their jobs.
  5. Ignore organizational hierarchy when setting access capabilities. Access and authorization should be based upon responsibilities, not position.
  6. Make Security Invisible. Minimize extra commands, screens, pop-ups for employees; if an action is allowed, just let it happen.
  7. Analyze Security End back doors. Compliance logs reveal threat patterns, and show how security steps are hurting productivity.
  8. Monitor information access and updates. User-initiated application information updates can invite vulnerabilities.
  9. Educate everyone on security policies and procedures. The more that people know about the rules the better
  10. Make security best practices the watch word for everyone. IT and the general workforce must address the constantly changing nature of security breaches.

Security Manual Template

Security Policies and Procedures Manual for the Internet and Information Technology is over over 230 pages in length. All versions of the Security Manual template include both the Business & IT Impact Questionnaire and the Threat & Vulnerability Assessment Tool (both were redesigned to address GDPR, CaCPA, ISO, Sarbanes Oxley and CobiT compliance).

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GDPR Compliance

GDPR Compliance is at risk with 3rd Party providers

GDPR Compliance

GDPR Compliance Management is more complex with the increased use of 3rd Party providers

Security and GDPR Compliance risks from third parties are on the rise. A security compliance study found that 56 percent of companies admitted to a security incident caused by a third party.

With GDPR now in place, security of third-party vendors and consultants is more important than ever. Their security failure will impact your company and could result in a breach of your data.

So how do you approach third-party security in a GDPR world? The first step is to know who your vendors are and other outsiders with access to your network. These tiers are based on the level and volume of data they have access to, determining which are the most critical. Companies need to know who has any access to their data and get an accurate understanding of exactly what information they can access, why, and how often. With this information in hand, you can then develop an accurate response plan.

GDPR compliance plans should also take into consideration all of your third-party vendors. Thus, when establishing a dedicated Data Privacy Officer (DPO), that person will help the company meet GDPR requirements and should keep tabs on third-party practices and data systems as they affect your business. Lunetta added:

To support the DPO with additional expertise on making decisions such as, “We need X solution to address Y compliance/security requirement,” it’s imperative for IT security teams to conduct regular self-assessments for uncovering gaps and determining options for remediating them.

GDPR Tips

Some tips for ensuring that your third parties are staying in GDPR compliance:

  • Address cybersecurity governance because while it’s one thing to invest in security solutions that help address personal data protection, it’s another to use them in a manner that is also GDPR-compliant.
  • Access Policy Governance – Having robust access controls isn’t good enough to comply with GDPR. Instead, you also need a set of policies that can be defined, implemented and enforced around how your enterprise controls access to personal data.
  • Pay attention to privileged.  Users, such as systems administrators, can circumvent standard controls inside of an application or a database. Identify those users, establish governance controls, and implement enforcement mechanisms through technology solutions such as network access control.

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Compliance Mandates

Compliance Mandates – Companies Impacted

Compliance Mandates come from multiple sources.  How companies are impacted by them varies by size of company and the markets they serve.

Compliance Mandates impact every company that does business on the Internet. Few companies are impacted by all of the mandates. In the U.S. the most impactful is the CaCPA inacted by Califorinia and the GDPR from the EU

The EU has implemented a single privacy and compliance mandate.  In the U.S. that is not the case as of yet.  The U.S. Congress has talked about it but, as of yet, there is no consensus on what that legislation will look like.  Until that occurs the various states, and California in particular, will set the rules.

The standards for user privacy and control drove the released of an update to its Security Manual Template which identifies mandated user rights and enterprise responsibilities related to privacy protection. Janco reviewed in detail the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CaCPA) and generated a detail list of user rights and business responsibilities that are mandated.  The CaCPA requirements are very complex and significant resources will have to be allocated for organizations to comply with these new mandates.  These mandates will impact all organizations that have an Internet presence in the U.S. and California in particular.  The compliance deadline is January 1, 2020.

Compliance Management is an issue that every organization needs to address.

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Compliance Management

Compliance Management Kit Released

Compliance Management

Compliance Management is one of the top concerns of CIOs and other C-Level exeutives.

Compliance Management Kit was just released.  All of the components of the kit were just updated to meet privacy and security madatesdue to GDPR for the EU and CaCPA for the state of California.

The kit comes in 3 versions: Silver, Gold, and Platinum.  Each can be acquired with either 1 year or 2 years of update service.  Janco feels mandates will continue to be added due to this high volume of cyber-attacks and privacy issues that are of concern to individuals and corporations.

First, he Silver version of the kit comes with the Compliance Management White Paper, a self-scoring Security Audit, a PCI Audit Program, and 31 key Job Descriptions including Chief Security Officer (CSO). Second, the Gold version of the kit come with all of that plus two full policies. The policies are the Record Classification and Management Policy and a Privacy Compliance Policy with a detail implementation work plan. The detail wok plan can be utilized right out of the box to ensure that privacy and security are implemented fully within the enterprise.   And third, the Platinum version of the kit comes with everything in the first two, plus Janco’s Security Manual Template.

To learn more about the kit go to https://www.e-janco.com/Compliance.htm.

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