VOIP saves money if you can deploy and manage it properly, but there are certain risks that you need to take into account. As you know that VOIP is ip based voice solution and IP network is always vulnerable and point of interest to the intruders. [Read more…]
When a piece of information is crucial and can cause serious damage to the national security can be considered classified information. Based on the severity of the damage, classified information can be categorized as top secret (if leaked can cause highest level of damage), secret and confidential (will not cause significant damage if confidential information get leaked). [Read more…]
The good news for IT security professionals is that there are a number of IT security standards that they can use as a guideline when developing or implementing IT projects. Remember that these standards are well thought out and proven practices that can improve information security goals of your organization. Only the popular and globally recognized IT security standards have been presented in this post. [Read more…]
What is data breach insurance?
As more and more people are getting accustomed to cyber life, the more money is pouring into the Internet and internet related business. As a result, we are witnessing more incidents of data breach incidents each year. The fact about Internet security is that no business is secure when they go online and the threat landscape is getting more complicated as we are developing complex applications to meet customer needs.
The main purpose of data breach insurance is to insure your business against the harm caused any cyber-attacks or any other criminal activities that involves data breach. [Read more…]
To investigate Windows system security breach for any potential security breach, investigators need to collect forensic evidence. Microsoft has developed a number of free tools that any security investigator can use for his forensic analysis. This post will give you a list of easy-to-use and free forensic tools, include a few command line utilities and commands. [Read more…]
Hardening Linux security may seem to be a daunting task for new Linux administrator and security auditor if they try to do it manually. Lynis automates the process of Linux security audit, which is widely used by system administrator, IT security auditor and security specialists. When you run Lynis to scan a system, it generates a report and suggestions that helps to patch up the security loopholes. The following are the procedures that you can perform straightway without anyone’s help. [Read more…]
One of the least prioritize part in data base security is not taking countermeasures against database access. Some solid measures that you can take to secure the access methods in your database are:
- Whether you use Oracle database or Microsoft SQL database, both the organization releases their security patch almost regular basis. So, make sure that you visit the security patch pages of your vendor’s website and apply the recommended patch as soon as they are released. Remember to test the patch in a test environment before applying in the production environment. [Read more…]
An auditor needs to check the Oracle database in order to gather some useful and important information to conduct his audit. In fact, an auditor will ask the system administrator to run the commands and collect the information on behalf of him. The following are the basic commands that you need to know before starting the proper audit of the audit trail.
To get a list of all users in the database:
SQL. Select *from all_users;
Another useful command is to check the list of privileges assigned to a user. You have to run this command after logging in with the user that you want to audit for privileges.
SQL> select username, privilege from user_sys_privs;
Note: all the commands used in this article works with Oracle 10g.
Normally, you need to enable oracle audit in order to audit an Oracle object (e.g. table, users). Here, the term “audit” means to generate logs for users’ activities such as running a query or creating a table. So, to get audit data you need to enable it at the first hand. But, there are some activities that generate log files regardless of you have enabled the audit or not and those activities are:
When an administrator log in to the database
When Oracle starts up
When oracle shutdown.
Risk is the possibility of happening unknown or known events that can affect the main objectives of a project. It is not necessary that all the risk will cause disruption in achieving objectives of a goal because a risk can come in the form of a threat or an opportunity. If it comes as an opportunity that it will help the project to get benefit out of it. If you want to keep the risk to a controllable and manageable level, you need to follow the five processes and those are: [Read more…]
Popularity has a price to pay since everything on this world has its face value. And Oracle database software is no different than that. In this post, you may expect to have some basic idea on Oracle security and its risks. The features of Oracle that has security risks are:
- System tables
- Oracle Listener
What is an Audit charter? An audit charter is the base of an audit because every auditor starts his audit with an audit charter. In simple words, an audit charter defines the responsibilities, authority and accountability of an auditor along with the scope of the audit. Normally, a charter also specify the management’s responsibility and their delegation of authority to the IS auditor or audit function to conduct the audit. [Read more…]
Without proper knowledge of the information technology and systems that you are going to assess, it is almost impossible to audit IT systems.to find the flaws in a system you must know, at least, how it works and its potential vulnerabilities. So, the essential skills an IT auditor need are database, operating systems, web technologies, networking and business processes. The other essential thing an IT auditor always need to remember is the to continuously check the best practices in IT security industries and the international and local standards.The following are the list of skills that are essentials to an IT auditor.
The full form of IDS is: Intrusion Detection System. How many of you have heard about burglary? I guess everyone including children. How the burglar is so successful in intruding men’s safe heaven? The answer is when there is no system exists to control the access to your house or office, and then ample of opportunities might arise to misuse or steal your valuable belongings. [Read more…]