Weekly Security Planner: January

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:

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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

This was first published in December 2004

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