Guidelines & Best Practices

IPSC Guidelines

IPSC Guidelines & Best Practices for Breach

IPSC Guideline for Security of Laptops, Removable Data Storage Devices, and Communication Devices

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.

Personal Data Privacy Guideline

Multi-Function Copier/Printer Procurement Guidelines
The purpose of this document is to provide basic guidelines for all State and County agencies for protection of sensitive information on multi-function Copier/Printer (MFP) devices.


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

Revised July 2018

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 this globe icon  SmallGlobeIcon . 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.


Vulnerability Advisories


Standards & Guidelines

Technical Guidelines

Federal Trade Commission Resources

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Resources

Department of Homeland Security Resources

  • Awareness: Stop.Think.Connect.  SmallGlobeIcon
  • C3VP (Critical infrastructure Cyber Community Voluntary Program)  SmallGlobeIcon
  • RVA: Risk and Vulnerability Assessment  (for state and local government agencies only)
    • Full-Scope Red Team/Penetration Testing
    • Services are tailored to fit agency requirements
    • Remote and On-Site
    • Vulnerability Scanning and Testing
    • Penetration Testing
    • Social Engineering (Phishing)
    • Wireless Discovery & Identification
    • Web Application Scanning & Testing
    • Database Scanning
    • Operating System Scanning for compliance checks
  • CH: Cyber Hygiene (for state and local government agencies only)
    • Remote assessment which broadly analyzes Internet accessible systems for known vulnerabilities and configuration errors on a frequently recurring basis.
    • Network Mapping
    • Network Vulnerability Scanning
    • Configuration Scanning
    • Recurring assessment
    • Reports on vulnerability and configuration errors


Free/Open Source Tools


General Consumer Security Information

Browser Plug-Ins & Web Safety Tools

A listing of free plug-ins useful for safe web browsing.  Be sure to carefully read the FAQs before implementing any of these plug-ins.

Useful Firefox Plug-ins

  • NoScript  Prohibits potentially harmful scripts from being executed within a web page  SmallGlobeIcon


Website Safety Rating
The following are web-based tools to help identify if a site is safe or unsafe.

  • McAfee Web Advisor adds visible safety ratings to searches and sites visited  SmallGlobeIcon
  • Norton (Symantec) Safe Web allows you to enter a web address (URL) and will return a rating based on safety and security issues  SmallGlobeIcon


Browser Plug-in Check
Web-based, simple to use, free tool to check your browser for outdated plug-ins.

  • The Qualys Browser Check will identify your outdated plug-ins that may be vulnerable to attacks  SmallGlobeIcon



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:


Phishing Training:

  • Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) class on Phishing SmallGlobeIcon


Personal Information Education:



This section provides links to various public reports on data breaches and the number of individuals affected by each breach.


Applicable Standards

This section outlines many well-known standards and provides links to additional information about each.

Federal Standards

State of Hawai’i Standards

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