This book is a quick guide to understanding IT policy compliance. It surveys the best steps for preparing your organization's IT operations to comply with laws and regulations - and how to prove compliance to an auditor.
Data breaches are bad for business, so every enterprise needs security. In the past this was expensive, because security products were designed for companies with deep pockets and teams of experts. But that's changed. New 'cloud based' services, such as those offered by Qualys, are fast to deploy, safe and easy to use. What's more they're even more affordable. With growing demands from customers and regulators for security, now is a good time to invest in security. Leading cloud-based security services deliver a professional level of security assurance in a form that fits the circumstances and pockets of small businesses.
Updated for PCI DSS Version 2.0 where internal scanning is now required!
With the recent updates to PCI DSS, get all the facts and learn how to comply with our updated version of the book.
The book is a guide to understanding how to protect cardholder data and comply with the requirements of PCI DSS. It arms you with the facts, in plain English, and shows you how to achieve PCI Compliance. Discover:
. What the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is all about
. The 12 Requirements of the PCI Standard
. How to comply with PCI
. 10 Best-Practices for PCI Compliance
. How QualysGuard PCI simplifies PCI compliance
Vulnerabilities are very common nowadays. Even being a safest network does not mean that it cannot be compromised. It's how you handle these vulnerability and flaws and rectify the issues. In order help the security engineers Qualys, Inc. pioneer security brings free guide on Top 10 reports for Managing Vulnerability. This paper cuts through the data overload generated by some vulnerability detection solutions.
Vulnerability Management (VM) means systematically finding and eliminating network vulnerabilities. Choosing a solution for VM is a critical step toward protecting your organization's network and data. Without proven, automated technology for precise detection and remediation, no network can withstand the daily onslaught of new vulnerabilities that threaten security.
This checklist from Qualys provides a 12 point shortlist of considerations to determine what solutions will work best for your organization.
Welcome to Web Application Security For Dummies! Web applications have become the Achilles heel of IT security. Web application vulnerabilities are now the most prevalent at more than 55 per cent of all server vulnerability disclosures. This figure doesn't include vulnerabilities in custom-developed web applications, so it may be just the tip of the iceberg. This book is all about understanding how to quickly find and fix vulnerabilities in web applications. The goal is to prevent attackers from gaining control over the application and obtaining easy access to the server, database, and other back-end IT resources.
Automated asset inventory might not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering cutting-edge security technologies. In the context of today’s distributed enterprise, however, it’s essential. Since the apps, systems, and services your users access to conduct business are already in the cloud, it makes sense to consider looking to cloud-based technologies to keep track of them all.
For the security and compliance professional, it’s critical to have access to a reliable and accurate asset inventory, especially when investigating security incidents and verifying and demonstrating compliance.
It’s not easy being today’s CISO or CIO. With the advent of cloud computing, Shadow IT, and mobility, the risk surface area for enterprises has increased dramatically, while IT budgets have shrunk and skilled cyber security talent is virtually impossible to find.
Thankfully, the CIS Top 20 Critical Controls provides a pragmatic approach, offering prioritized guidance on the important steps for implementing basic cyber hygiene practices. With the CIS Top 20 Critical Security Controls, CISOs now have a blueprint for reducing risk and managing compliance.
By automating each of these controls, CISOs enable their information security teams to do much more with less, essentially operationalizing good cyber hygiene.
Health care is often considered a lucrative business for those involved in waste, fraud and abuse. Today’s ever-accelerating technology changes make data related to health care, medical and financial issues even more attractive (and profitable) to cybercriminals who sell medical identities and siphon money from stolen financial records. Risks are exponentially increased because of organizations’ reliance on electronic systems for mission-critical functions. According to 61% of respondents to the SANS 2014 State of Cybersecurity in Health Care Organizations survey, medical/health record systems
are considered the most at-risk information asset among the 224 health care-related organizations represented in the survey.
In this guide, Qualys describes internal risks to IT security and three best practices to control incorrect configurations. Critical components to this include automation of assessments and prioritization of risks. By using the automation technology in Qualys Policy Compliance, organizations can ensure the safety of sensitive data and IT while meeting mandates for compliance.
This guide describes the need for continuous monitoring and offers a blueprint for creating a continuous security practice. As a result, continuous monitoring will give your organization the most comprehensive view of its global perimeter, and empower you to proactively identify and address potential threats enabled by vulnerabilities in software or weak system configurations.
The SANS 20 Critical Security Controls are known for driving effective security programs across government agencies, establishing guidelines for security professionals to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information technology assets. This paper describes how automating these controls using QualysGuard can protect your organization with continuous security while drastically lowering costs.
Automated Vulnerability Management (VM) solutions help you discover devices running in your network, determine whether they are vulnerable to attack, find fixes to the underlying problems, and protect yourself while those fixes are being implemented. This checklist of best practices will save you time and help you understand what to look for when selecting a VM, whether you have a dozen systems or a million.
Automated Web Application Scanning (WAS) solutions help you discover web apps running in your network, determine whether they are vulnerable to attack, understand how to fix them, and protect your business. This checklist of best practices will save you time and help you understand what to look for when selecting a WAS solution, whether you have a handful of apps or thousands.
Regardless of platform, the Web has become a hub of information and productivity. The browser has evolved to become one of the most-used applications, which has drawn the attention of cyber criminals – making it a potential Achilles heel for security.
Patching is a key strategy for managing vulnerabilities and ensuring enterprise-wide security. Unfortunately, there are often so many flaws in software that patching becomes an overwhelming process.
This white paper describes an approach to patch management that allows you to prioritize vulnerabilities that pose the greatest risk and accelerate the speed at which patches are applied. Also inside, find ten steps to improve patching – read on to learn more.
Organizations today are reevaluating their security strategies as they move their data and applications to the cloud. This whitepaper by Bloor Research discusses the challenges of security in the cloud and how the use of cloud-based services will enable organizations of all sizes, from the very smallest to multinational enterprises, to put trust back into the security equation.
Organizations have traditionally viewed vulnerability scanners as a tactical product, largely commoditized and only providing value around audit time. But with limited resources and a real need to reduce risk, organizations need the ability to pull in threat-related data, combine it with an understanding of what is vulnerable, and figure out what is at risk.
This report from Securosis outlines how yesterday's vulnerability scanners are evolving to meet this need, emerging as a much more strategic component of an organization's control set than in the past.
Learn how vulnerability scanners are evolving to provide real value beyond vulnerability reports for auditors - emerging as a strategic component helping organizations effectively lower risks.
Vulnerabilities in web applications are a major vector for cyber-crime. In large organizations, vulnerable web applications comprised 54% of all hacking breaches and led to 39% of compromised records, according to the 2012 Data Breach Investigation Report by Verizon Business.
This paper describes how large enterprises can effectively discover, catalog and scan web applications to control this major risk vector as part of their organization’s overall vulnerability management program.
A zero-day threat is a vulnerability that becomes known to the vendor on the same day it becomes known to the public, meaning IT assets targeted by a zero-day threat won't have a patch available when it's needed. However, zero-day attacks operate in a realm of the probable - they work only because there are exploitable vulnerabilities within IT systems. Many of these can, and should be prevented.
This guide describes why organizations are vulnerable to zero-day attacks, and what you can do to add a zero-day offense to your existing vulnerability management processes to protect your organization's assets and data.
Web applications have recently emerged as a top cybercriminal attack vector, and organizations that don’t take a proactive approach to app security may be setting themselves up for disaster. More than one-third of organizations still don’t have an application security program in place – what can you do to make sure you’re protected?
Consult this informative survey today to discover your peers’ proven practices for app security success, and learn what you can do to stay protected – read on to get started.
Continuous Monitoring has become an overused and overhyped term in security circles, driven by US Government mandate (now called Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation). But that doesn’t change the fact that monitoring needs to be a cornerstone of your security program, within the context of a risk-based paradigm. This paper from Securosis discusses Continuous Security Monitoring, including how to do it, and the most applicable use cases they have seen in the real world. It also provides a step-by-step guide for things to do for each use case to move forward with a monitoring initiative.
The goal of a security program is to choose and implement cost effective countermeasures that mitigate the vulnerabilities that will most likely lead to loss.
This paper discusses the management of Risk and how Vulnerability Management is one of the few counter-measures easily justified by its ability to optimize risk.
New network vulnerabilities appear constantly and the ability for IT security professionals to handle new flaws, fix misconfigurations and protect against threats requires constant attention. However, with shrinking budgets and growing responsibilities, time and resources are at constrained. Therefore, sifting through pages of raw vulnerability information yields few results and makes it impossible to accurately measure your security posture.