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pen-testingSystem security planning is defined as a security scheme or method of acting, doing, proceeding, and so forth.  Security is defined as the freedom from danger and risk.

 

System Security Planning (SSP) is necessary for all IT Risk Departments and System Owners.  What is your scheme to free yourself from the prevalent danger and risk facing your organization?

Yes, you and your organization will never be completely free from risk; however, you must still scheme to prevent costly data breeches, costly disruptions and ensure timely restoration to critical business systems when your security is violated. Praetorian Secure can assist your organization with system security planning; we can assist your organization with the pursuit of freedom from danger and reduction of risk.

System Security Planning in this case is taking a proactive approach to secure your system; securing your system specific to, at the very least, a minimum standard as written in compliance regulations.

Security planning based upon pre-published controls is much like taking a test with the answers in hand. Quite often the issue is that system owners and security professionals either fail to read the regulations closely enough or fail to interpret the regulations correctly.

 

How Do You Plan System Security?

 

How do you start your quest for freedom from danger and risk? Proper system security planning is dictated by your organizations specific regulatory requirements. If you accept card holder data, your planning must consider PCI requirements. If you are a covered health care entity, then one must begin HIPPA security requirements are appropriate.

Your information system interfaces with a government system, then DIACAP or NIST SP800-18  regulations are the correct starting point.

 

Planning System Security Throughout the Entire System Life Cycle

 

Proper system security planning should consider the entire life cycle.  During the development stage it is much more cost effect to implement the proper encryption module per compliance requirements than discovering prior to your go live date that the encryption module does not meet compliance standards.

The cost of implementing a software change goes up exponentially as you move further into the development process. When acquiring Information Assurance tools, did you buy tools that have appropriate common criteria certification required by your specific regulatory requirements?

Your system is in production; however, does you policy for retaining auditing records match compliance requirements?  Have you set up auditing per requirements? Are your data retention and data destruction policies written to compliance regulations?

 

We Offer the Required Expertise for System Security Planning and Regulatory Compliance

 

Praetorian Secure has the proper expertise and experience to assist your organization with correctly building security into your system at all phases of the software development life cycle. We can support your organization with securing your boundary defenses securely and in accordance with compliance requirements.

Our experts can extend your team providing an impartial reviewer of your security posture in relation to the respective compliance requirements and best business practices.

Praetorian Secure can ultimately assist with planning to meet requirements where current security policies or practices are out of line with regulatory requirements. Praetorian Secure professionals have experience across a wide range of compliance requirements including PCI, NIST, RMF DoD, DIACAP, HIPPA, SOX and GLBA.