Encryption, Compliance, and Disaster Planning
Common data encryption rules are a requirement and represent interoperability when developing your backup strategy for your disaster recovery business continuity plan.?When enterprise protect data at rest such as when a USB drive is unplugged, or when a laptop is powered down, or when an administrator pulls a drive from a server, it cannot be brought back up and read without first giving a cryptographically-strong password. If you do not have that, the media is a brick and you cannot even sell it on eBay.
For enterprises rolling out security across PCs, laptops and servers, standardized hardware encryption translates into minimum-security configuration at installation, along with higher performance with low overhead. The specifications enable support for strong access control and, once set at the management level, the encryption cannot be turned off by end-users.
The PCI DSS security requirements apply to all "system components." A system component is defined as any network component, server, or application that is included in or connected to the cardholder data environment. The cardholder data environment is that part of the network that possesses cardholder data or sensitive authentication data. Network components include but are not limited to firewalls, switches, routers, wireless access points, network appliances, and other security appliances. Server types include, but are not limited to the following: web, database, authentication, mail, proxy, network time protocol (NTP), and domain name server (DNS). Applications include all purchased and custom applications, including internal and external (internet) applications.
The PCI-DSS Compliance Kit comes in three versions;
- Silver - Contains the e-Commerce, Wireless, and Internet Job Descriptions in WORD and PDF format, the Security Audit Program in WORD format, and the PCI Audit Program in WORD and PDF format.
- Gold - Contains the e-Commerce, Wireless, and Internet Job Descriptions in WORD and PDF format, the Security Audit Program in WORD format, the PCI Audit Program in WORD and PDF format, and Network Event Viewer - Unlimited which allows you to monitor an unlimited number of PCs Security.
- Platinum -?Contains the e-Commerce, Wireless, and Internet Job Descriptions in WORD and PDF format, the Security Audit Program in WORD format, the PCI Audit Program in WORD and PDF format, the Network Event Viewer - Unlimited which allows you to monitor an unlimited number of PCs Security, and the Security Manual Template in WORD format
IT Infrastructure is a Foundation Block That Management Rests
PCI-DSS compliance drives CIOs to get back to basics
Computers today are an integral part of day-to-day business, commerce, and personal life. E-mail and instant messages are heavily used for communications. Enterprise administrative business processes depend upon computer automation, record keeping, and dependable, confidential, and quick access to reliable information. The enterprise operational processes make use of computers for communication with employees, vendors, supplies, and customers.
Everyone has a stake in ensuring that the computing infrastructure continues to operate reliably and that it preserves the confidentiality and integrity of the information it handles - both our own and that of those we serve. Between PDAs, SmartPhones, laptop computers, and desktop computer many of our users have up five devices each that they use. Each device contributes to our network's security. Each operator of those devices has a necessary and important part in preserving the integrity of the network, just as every citizen has a necessary and important part in preserving a society.
With the explosion of technology into every facet of the day-to-day business environment there is a need to define an effective infrastructure to support operating environment; have a strategy for the deployment and technology; and clearly define responsibilities and accountabilities for the use and application of technology.?