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Information systems audit, is a management controls examination within an Information technology (IT) infrastructure. The evaluation of obtained evidence determines if the information systems are safeguarding assets, maintaining data integrity, and operating effectively to achieve the organization's goals or objectives. These reviews may be performed in conjunction with a financial statement audit, internal audit, or other form of attestation engagement.

ISA provides the following audit services:
• IT Governance
• Information Systems
• Integrated Audits
• Control Self-assessments
• Compliance

The Web Application Security Test Checklist was developed specifically for performing security tests on web applications. With over 90 different controls this checklist is the standard for Security Testers.
A good web application is a secure web application. Scope—the review will focus upon the {list specific applications}.

The scope of the review will include the following:
*) Identification and evaluation of the design of controls
*) Evaluation of control effectiveness
*) Assessment of compliance with regulatory requirements
*) Identification of issues requiring management attention

Discover how using a risk-based audit methodology can achieve better enterprise security. Learn how to develop an internal IT audit program, implement risk mitigation methods and develop controls and ensure they are effective.
This subject focuses on risk-based auditing from an enterprise IT perspective. It covers the requirements for a risk-based audit and the steps necessary before, during and after an audit. Additionally, it discusses risk mitigation methods, and provides analysis for selecting controls and measuring control effectiveness. This offers a simple risk-based audit methodology for organizations to develop an internal IT audit program, or those looking for new ways to assess security risks.

As information security professionals, most of as are familiar with vulnerability assessments and penetration testing. Both are valuable tools that can benefit any information security program and they are both integral components of a Threat and Vulnerability Management process.

What is a Vulnerability Assessment?
Defined, a vulnerability assessment is the process of identifying and quantifying security vulnerabilities in an environment. It is an in-depth evaluation of your information security posture, indicating weaknesses as well as providing the appropriate mitigation procedures required to either eliminate those weaknesses or reduce them to an acceptable level of risk. What is a Penetration Test?
A penetration test simulates the actions of an external and/or internal cyber attacker that aims to breach the information security of the organization. Using many tools and techniques, the penetration tester (ethical hacker) attempts to exploit critical systems and gain access to sensitive data.

The goal of a security assessment, (also known as a security audit or security review), is to ensure that necessary security controls are integrated into the design and implementation of a project. A properly completed security assessment should provide documentation outlining any security gaps between a project designs and approved corporate security policies. Management can address security gaps in three ways: Management can decide to cancel the project, allocate the necessary resources to correct the security gaps, or accept the risk based on an informed risk / reward analysis.

Mobile devices move data from safe networks to untrusted, dangerous networks seamlessly. By constantly changing wireless networks, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GSM, CDMA and Near Field Communication, devices are highly susceptible to being exploited. Hackers can hijack sessions through sniffing and tampering, and they can be done from the coffee shop. Hijacking enables unauthorized access to stored data, passwords, cookies, certificates, and VPN credentials. Hijacking means the hacker now has the full privileges of the device’s owner and has the ability to masquerade as the application’s user, which, in some cases, provides the keys to the enterprise. We’re ready to help you address the security and safety of your mobile applications.

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a proprietary information security standard for organizations that handle branded credit cards from the major card schemes including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and JCB. Private label cards – those which aren't part of a major card scheme – are not included in the scope of the PCI DSS.
The PCI Standard is mandated by the card brands and administered by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council. The standard was created to increase controls around cardholder data to reduce credit card fraud via its exposure. Validation of compliance is performed annually, either by an external Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) that creates a Report on Compliance (ROC) for organizations handling large volumes of transactions, or by Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) for companies handling smaller volumes.

ISO International Standards ensure that products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality. For business, they are strategic tools that reduce costs by minimizing waste and errors, and increasing productivity. They help companies to access new markets, level the playing field for developing countries and facilitate free and fair global trade.
ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, is an independent, non-governmental organization, the members of which are the standards organization of the 164 member countries. It is the world's largest developer of voluntary international standards and facilitates world trade by providing common standards between nations. Nearly twenty thousand standards have been set covering everything from manufactured products and technology to food safety, agriculture and healthcare.

When building a data center disaster recovery (DR) plan, remember that you are protecting a significant investment in information technology and communications. Depending on the nature of the disruption, the data center's overall integrity may be untouched or it could be totally destroyed. DR plans need to be flexible and scalable to address a broad range of disruption scenarios. This article, with its associated data center disaster recovery plan template, will help you structure a plan that addresses your data center's operational and people issues.
For purposes of comparison, a data center disaster recovery plan focuses exclusively on a data center facility and its infrastructure, e.g., physical location, construction, security, power sources, and environmental systems. By contrast, a disaster recovery plan is a broad term that describes a process to recover disrupted IT systems, networks, and other critical assets an organization uses.