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December 15, 2008

Vol 2008, Issue 12

IT Toolkits Newsletter

IT Toolkits Newsletter
What to do After a Disaster

PCI Compliance Implications

The clean up process can do more damage than the actual event....

 

PCI - DSS Disaster Recovery Plan Implications


Disaster Recovery Audit ProgamIn several post disaster reviews that have been conducted by Janco Associates, they have found that over 40% of the sites that were impacted by a disaster had significant damage occur after the disaster event has ended and the recovery process has started.

In This Issue

Cleaning Up Water Damage

PCI-DSS Compliance and Disaster Planning

PCI-DSS Compliance Kit

 

Cleaning Up Water Damage

Disaster Recovery PlanningYou have had a disaster and now you are starting to look at the "mess" that you have. What do you do to clean things up? Some tips on disaster recovery and business continuity clean up are:

  • Wet objects (electronic) - Disconnect from the power source and do not turn it on. In the case of disk drives or other electronic storage devices - inventory all of them and label them. Create a log of all objects recovered, actions taken, and location. Have a disaster clean-up specialist be the one who looks at what can be recovered.
  • Wet objects (non-electronic) - Rinse with clear water or a fine hose spray. Clean off dry silt and debris with soft brushes or dab with damp cloths. Try not to grind debris into objects; overly energetic cleaning will cause scratching. Dry with a clean, soft cloth. Use plastic or rubber gloves for your own protection.
  • Drying Objects - Air dry objects indoors if possible and use portable fans to move the air. Sunlight and heat may dry certain materials too quickly, causing splits, warping, and buckling. If possible, remove contents from wet objects and furniture prior to drying. Storing damp items in sealed plastic bags will cause mold to develop. If objects are to be transported in plastic bags, keep bags open and air circulating.
  • Mold Prevention and Cleanup - Exposure to molds can have serious health consequences such as respiratory problems, skin and eye irritation, and infections. The use of protective gear, including a respirator with a particulate filter, disposable plastic gloves, goggles or protective eye-wear, and coveralls or a lab coat, is therefore essential. In order to inhibit the growth of mold and mildew you must reduce humidity. Increase air flow with fans, open windows, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers. Moderate light exposure (open shades, leave lights on in enclosed areas) can also reduce mold and mildew. Remove heavy deposits of mold growth from walls, baseboards, floors, and other household surfaces with commercially available disinfectants. Avoid the use of disinfectants on historic wallpapers. Follow manufacturers' instructions, but avoid splattering or contact with objects and wallpapers as disinfectants may damage objects. 
  • Broken Objects - If objects are broken or begin to fall apart, place all broken pieces and detached parts in clearly labeled, open containers. Do not attempt to repair objects until completely dry or, in the case of important materials, until you have consulted with a professional conservator. 
  • Paper Materials - Documents, books, photographs, and works of art on paper are extremely fragile when wet; use caution when handling. Free the edges of prints and paper objects in mats and frames, if possible.  These should be allowed to air dry. Rinse mud off wet photographs with clear  water, but do not touch surfaces. Wet books and papers should also be air dried or kept in a refrigerator or freezer until they can be treated by a  professional conservator.
  • Office Furniture - Furniture finishes and painting  surfaces may develop a white haze or bloom from contact with water and  humidity. These problems do not require immediate attention; consult a  professional conservator for treatment. Textiles, leather, and other "organic"  materials will also be severely affected by exposure to water and should be  allowed to air dry. Shaped objects, such as garments or baskets, should be  supported by gently padding with toweling or un-inked, un-coated paper. Renew  padding when it becomes saturated with water. Dry clean or launder textiles  and carpets as you normally would. 
  • Art Work - Remove wet paintings from the frame, but not  the stretcher. Air dry, face up, and away from direct sunlight.
  • Metal Objects - Rinse  metal objects exposed to flood waters, mud, or silt with clear water and dry  immediately with a clean, soft cloth. Allow heavy mud deposits on large metal  objects, such as sculpture, to dry. Caked mud can be removed later. Consult a  professional conservator for further treatment.

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PCI-DSS Compliance and Disaster Planning

Disaster Recovery Security TemplatePCI-DSS compliance is not a major issue for all enterprises that process credit transactions on their web sites and on their computer systems.  The implications on Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Plans is great. 

The Disaster Recovery - Business Continuity / Security Manual Template Bundle contain the two most critical components of most enterprise's support infrastructure.  This bundle comes in three versions plus there is an update service for both the DRP - BC and Security Manual. This bundle comes in three versions:

  • Standard Edition - Disaster Recovery - Business Continuity Template with the Security Manual Template
  • Premium Edition - Disaster Recovery - Business Continuity Template with the Security Manual Template and 25 full job descriptions for all of the key roles in the disaster planning and security management Process.
  • Gold Edition - Disaster Recovery - Business Continuity Template with the Security Manual Template and 220 full job description for all roles in the IT function.

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PCI-DSS Compliance Kit

The PCI DSS security requirements apply to all "system components." A system component is defined as any network component, server, or application that is included in or connected to the cardholder data environment. The cardholder data environment is that part of the network that possesses cardholder data or sensitive authentication data. Network components include but are not limited to firewalls, switches, routers, wireless access points, network appliances, and other security appliances. Server types include, but are not limited to the following: web, database, authentication, mail, proxy, network time protocol (NTP), and domain name server (DNS). Applications include all purchased and custom applications, including internal and external (internet) applications.

The PCI-DSS Compliance Kit comes in three versions;

  • Silver - Contains the e-Commerce, Wireless, and Internet Job Descriptions in WORD and PDF format, the Security Audit Program in WORD format, and the PCI Audit Program in WORD and PDF format.
  • Gold - Contains the e-Commerce, Wireless, and Internet Job Descriptions in WORD and PDF format, the Security Audit Program in WORD format, the PCI Audit Program in WORD and PDF format, and Network Event Viewer - Unlimited which allows you to monitor an unlimited number of PCs Security.
  • Platinum - Contains the e-Commerce, Wireless, and Internet Job Descriptions in WORD and PDF format, the Security Audit Program in WORD format, the PCI Audit Program in WORD and PDF format, the Network Event Viewer - Unlimited which allows you to monitor an unlimited number of PCs Security, and the Security Manual Template in WORD format

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