Weekly Security Planner: January

Prescriptive security strategies for the first four weeks of the year.

In an effort to help busy security managers, CISSP Shelley Bard's weekly column builds upon the concept of the perpetual calendar, offering a schedule of reminders for a proactive, strategic security plan. Here are the objectives Shelley prescribes for the first four weeks of the year.

Week 1: The security manager's daily checklist
Objective: Download a daily to-do list that you can customize to suit your needs.

Week 2: Passwords -- Updating, selecting and recording user and administrative passwords
Objective: Conduct audits once a quarter or every six months – depending on your level of CIA2 -- to make sure passwords comply with security policy.

Week 3: Restore a back-up tape and recover usable data
Objective: On low traffic days, 3-4 times per year, recover back-up data.

Week 4: Disaster recovery/business continuity plans, part 2 – Hardware
Objective: Review contingency plan twice yearly.


Weekly Security Planner Schedule
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

This was first published in December 2004

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