IPSC Best Practices
A quick reference to many industry best practices, tools, and resources for information security as identified by the Information Privacy and Security Council.
Overview of IPSC Best Practices
This purpose of this web page is to provide a quick reference to many industry best practices, tools, and resources for information security as identified by the Information Privacy and Security Council. The majority of links on this page are external to the State of Hawai'i web pages as indicated by a globe icon.
The intent is to update this page frequently to provide current information on tools, practices, and standards.
No endorsement is implied or intended by the State of Hawai'i by the listing or omission of vendors and/or commercial products on this page.
This section provides more information about automated tools that can be used to provide a secure computing environment.
- Software Licensing Audit:
Business Software Alliance:
- Log Management/Analysis and SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) The category involves working with large volumes of computer generated records (log files) which provide various types of information such as information about the computer, network, and when and by who information was accessed. And by sifting through the information and applying various rules, there is an automated determination if there are any security or operational issues that need to be addressed. The provides more information about this area.
- Penetration testing Penetration testing is used to evaluate the security of computer systems and networks by simulating an attack as if from a malicious source. The process involves an active analysis of the system for any potential vulnerabilities that may result from poor or improper system configuration, known and/or unknown hardware or software flaws, or operational weaknesses in process or technical countermeasures. This analysis is carried out from the position of a potential attacker, and can involve active exploitation of security vulnerabilities. Any security issues that are found will be presented to the system owner together with an assessment of their impact and often with a proposal for mitigation or a technical solution.
- Vulnerability Assessment Tools
- Secunia (a security company) provides a
They also have a designed to detect vulnerable and out-dated programs and plug-ins which can expose a PC to attacks
- Gibson Research Corporation benignly probes the target computer at your location for vulnerabilities.
- Anti-virus, Anti-spyware, malware scanners, personal firewalls, web scanners, etc.
- free anti-virus protection for Windows
A listing of free plug-ins useful for safe web browsing. Be sure to carefully red the FAQs before implementing any of these plug-ins.
- McAffee adds visible safety ratings to searches and sites visited
Useful Firefox Plug-ins
- Sets an opt-out flag for numerous advertising tracking cookies
- Prohibits potentially harmful scripts from being executed within a web page
This section provides information about computer (web-based) training modules for new employees and any mandatory annual refreshers. Examples are Civil Rights, LEP, Privacy, Security, DHRD modules, etc.
General Security Training:
- TEEX Domestic Preparedness Campus
- Carnegie Mellon CyLab offers that teaches users how to identify phishing URLs, where to look for cues in web browsers, and how to use search engines to find legitimate sites
Personal Information Education:
- Data Breaches:
This section outlines many well-known standards and provides links to additional information about each.
(International Standards Organization) 27002:
State of Hawai'i Standards
Helpful information from the State of Hawai'i ICSD Cyber Security Team
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