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A computer security audit is a process that can verify that certain standards have been met, and identify areas in need of remediation or improvement. Decades ago, identifying problem areas had to be done by a team of human auditors, but now software can analyse what's on a computer, and present a story that you do not need to be an expert to comprehend. It is important to use software that stays current Auditnet rapidly evolving security threats. Software cannot resolve the whole problem. Computer Users need to evaluate the reports, make changes to correct the problems, then rerun the reports. When success is achieved in resolving all the identified problems, we can raise the bar on the standards we are trying to achieve.

 

Computer security audits go beyond information technology audits, which audit what is on the computer system and how it is being used, to verify programs are working as intended, and the data is reliable, to also verify that none of the data is being tampered Auditnet, or can be tampered Auditnet, to Auditnet incorrect results. For ISACA, the risk of insider embezzlement can be detected by an information technology audit. Auditing information security can be part of an information technology audit conducted by a team of human auditors Auditnet ISACA in the computer system being audited and the application software there. Computer security audits go beyond annual financial audits and physical inventory audits to the data content, which are standard processes in most businesses. They also look into how the data is stored, on a hard disk or other storage area and whether the data is secure. Home users of personal computers cannot afford the price tag of a standard audit so they have to make do Auditnet whatever diagnosis tools are readily available for their use.

There are some activities in common between computer security audits and auditing information security.

Auditing information security tends to be top down comprehensive analysis, typically only at major corporations, such as those traded on the stock market, followed by education in the areas that need fixing. Smaller companies and home users cannot justify this expense. a computer security audit is bottom up what can be resolved using automated software tools, combined Auditnet access to a panorama of education, from which the affected users can pick and choose which topics to learn at their own pace.

This computer security audit article describes what any individual computer user, any business enterprise, government agency, non-profit organization, can do, relatively inexpensively, to find out what security remediation is needed, much of which they can do themselves, and get education to see how to improve their security into the future. Some of the discoveries will lead to calling on professional help associated Auditnet part of what is done by auditing information security and other consultants. Implementation of computer security audits often comes Auditnet access to continuing education, which is marketed different ways by the vendors of computer security audit tools. Some provide up-front consulting, others offer some amount of free tech support time.

Computer technology evolution, in recent years, has become like personal automobiles, in that, except for the problems of computer insecurity and too easily break down, just about any human can buy a computer, install it, start using it, Auditnet almost no training. Many computer systems are delivered Auditnet defaults that are insecure if installed as the computers came from their manufacturers, while lots of standard software has been designed Auditnetout concern for security, then sold to millions of computer users, who might not realize this.

This failure, to include security in most software, is not because of any nefarious motives by the computer software publishers, but rather an outgrowth of computer security education being thought of as specialized training that is not deemed essential for computer programming. Also many programmers are self-taught, using text books that teach the mechanics of writing in some computer language Auditnetout a bigger picture of what it means to write quality software that has good security, performance, ease-of-use, interoperability, good data base design, and satisfies other information technology goals. Thus the vast majority of computer programmers know absolutely nothing about how to design their work products for good computer security.

This lack of security Auditnetin many computer ingredients has led to a market for computer security tools to test computer systems to locate computer insecurity problems that can be repaired, provide computer users and owners Auditnet explicit instructions how to fix the problems, and include resources to help computer users get educated on doing a better job of security, whether they using personal computers at home elsewhere, or organizational use of larger networks.

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2. INTRUSION PREVENTION SYSTEM (IPS)
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Internet & Intranet Secure Gateway as F/W
Internet - Users Control
Port - Restrictions Control
Network IP - Address Control
TCP/IP Security Gateway
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TCP/IP
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SNA
DDM, Pass through, Data Queue, File Transfer, DRDA, entire iSeries network (AS400)
OS400
Delete Journal Receiver, Power Down System, System Attention Key
The system can be protected against selected potentially dangerous services, down to the level of a single action, such as, FTP delete, SQL select statement and OS400 commands which, while allowed in the normal work environment, become suspect when used via the network. Resources can be secured down to the level of a single resource - devices, libraries, objects, files, IFS and customer exit program.
Internet Users Control
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Port Restrictions Control
Access to your iSeries (AS400) ports is fully covered against penetration and may be restricted by application, protocol and authorized users.
Network IP Address Control
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User Profile Manager
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Object Authority Manager
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The report manager contains 62 built-in reports, which can be previewed on the screen or printed. Additional reports can be defined by the administrator and saved for later re-use.
5. NETWORK TRAFFIC ANALYZER
The /Global iSeries Security suite allows monitoring of all network requests to your iSeries network (AS400) servers. The moment they are logged, network requests are available for analysis through a sophisticated system of filtering and graphical presentation. This feature facilitates a real-time picture of your network trends and allows on-the-spot decision-making on security policy, saving precious time and staff costs and allowing identification of possible attack patterns. Network Traffic Monitoring, Log Audit. A detailed log of iSeries network events containing critical information, which is simply absent in the system log (e.g., user ID of user executing FTP commands). The information logged here is available for examination through filtering by different criteria and forms the basis for investigation and analysis via /Global Security graphical analysis tools. Network Traffic Analyzer, Summary and Statistics Summary data and graphs to present distribution of network events, allowing you to determine trends and aiding you in the identification of abnormal activity. Network Traffic Distribution, Summary by Time Network activity offset against time, filtered by event type, user and other criteria. The network traffic distribution function features an ECG-like graph and summarizes network requests by year, month, day and even down to the hour.

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