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 2, 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 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.

Table of Contents

Vulnerability Advisories

Automated Tools

Browser Plug-Ins & Web Safety Tools


Public Reports on Cyber Threats & Data Breaches

Applicable Standards

Helpful information from the State of Hawai’i ICSD Cyber Security Team https://ags.hawaii.gov/icsd/cyber-security/cyber-security-resources/ https://ags.hawaii.gov/icsd/cyber-security/cyber-security-toolkit/ https://ags.hawaii.gov/icsd/cyber-security/cyber-security-videos/

Vulnerability Advisories

The MS-ISAC vulnerability advisories can be used to identify potential software threats.


Automated Tools

This section provides more information about automated tools that can be used to provide a secure computing environment.

    • 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 NIST Guide to Computer Security Log Management 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
      • Gibson Research Corporation ShieldsUP! benignly probes the target computer at your location for vulnerabilities.


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

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
  • Norton (Symantec) Safe Web allows you to enter a web address (URL) and will return a rating based on safety and security issues

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



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

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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