Archive for the ‘Compliance’ Category

Security is a Business Imperative, Not an IT Task

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

I’ve noticed a distinct theme throughout a number of different analyst report I’ve recently read  –  that the protection of information and data assets is a business task which needs guidance from the business unit leaders. Take as an example…

As executives see more and more media coverage of data breaches and security incidents, the inevitable question is: “What are we doing to make sure that doesn’t happen to us?”

Contrary to 2012 when privacy responsibility was shifting to an organization-wide accountability, in 2013 it’s falling more onto the security group within enterprises. [It’s] a matter of concern if more and more enterprises deem the security group fully responsible for privacy and regulations. Ensuring privacy requires a union of technology, policy, and culture, and a harmony between many business units from security to legal to HR to employees.

–          Understand the State of Data Security and Privacy: 2013 to 2014 (Forrester)

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Changes to ITAR compliance coming

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

In October, there will be two new rules affecting the Export Control Reform made by the Departments of State and Commerce. On October 15, jurisdiction of many military items, which have been deemed less sensitive, will be moved from the U.S. Munitions List and governed by the State Department’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), to be on the Commerce Control List that is governed by the Commerce Department’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The 600 Series classification provisions will allow this to happen, as it will mandate sweeping changes to the affected items, such as a “catch-and-release” definition of items that are controlled for defense and trade purposes.

“While there is still more work to be done, taken together, these reforms will focus our resources on the threats that matter most, and help us work more effectively with our allies in the field,” President Obama said at the Department of Commerce Annual Export Controls Update Conference. “They’ll bring transparency and coherence to a field of regulation which has long been lacking both.”
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TITUS Classification solutions provide compliance support for new UK government marking requirements

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Organizations throughout the world have the need to comply with various regulations in order to ensure that their most sensitive information is protected. In Australia, for example, Australian government departments use TITUS classification solutions to meet the requirements of the Email Protective Marking Standard (EPMS). For a number of years, TITUS has also been assisting our UK government customers by helping them to comply with the Government Protective Marking Scheme (GPMS).

In the UK, government agencies and public sector organizations need to comply with Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) Security Policy Framework to protect their most important assets. In order to comply with this requirement, departments and agencies must adopt policies in accordance with the Government Protective Marking System, which is designed to help staff determine and indicate to others the levels of protection required to help prevent the compromise of information via protective markings to emails and documents.

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TITUS continues to support Australian Standard – EPMS 2012

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

They were one of our first customers. Their requirements are one of the reasons that TITUS began developing email classification security software. From our relationship with them, a better classification product was born.

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Top Data Security Blog Posts for 2011: Data Classification, Mobile Security, Data Security and Compliance, Data Loss Prevention, and Cloud Data Security

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

As 2011 draws to a close, I thought it would be interesting to provide a list of the most popular data security articles on this blog. Here are the topics and articles that were most popular with our readers:

1) Data Classification

More and more commercial organizations have started to see data classification as the foundation of their information protection strategy. We wrote several articles about this trend, including an article that described how to implement a data classification policy in 5 simple steps, and an article that recommended best practices for defining a data classification scheme. Readers were also interested in how to use classification software to bulk classify, mark, and label large numbers of files.

2) Mobile Security

Mobile security has become a hot topic, especially with the trend toward consumerization of mobile devices. (more…)

New White Paper: 5 Easy Steps for Implementing a Classification Policy

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Most organizations have an established corporate information handling policy to protect sensitive and confidential information. This policy is typically expressed with a classification scheme that describes the handling procedure based on the sensitivity of the material in question. The challenge, however, has been implementing and enforcing this policy; in other words, ensuring that sensitive information is adequately protected on a consistent basis.

To address this challenge, organizations often make large investments in technologies such as data loss prevention (DLP) and information rights management (IRM) solutions. Unfortunately, these technologies are often implemented without classification as a first step, and therefore lack context about the information they are protecting. This results in inconsistent and inaccurate data protection, which increases the organization’s risk exposure, may reduce business velocity, and can make a large infrastructure investment a white elephant.

The solution to this challenge is to make classification the foundation of your information protection policy. Fortunately, implementing a classification policy is actually quite simple. In our new white paper entitled “5 Easy Steps for Implementing a Classification Policy”, we discuss how you can implement – and enforce – a classification policy that will increase user security awareness, enhance DLP and IRM solutions, and protect your organization against data loss. (more…)

Controlled Unclassified Information(CUI): The CUI Registry is out!

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

On November 4, 2011, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) released the first-ever registry for Controlled Unclassified Information(CUI) for records that are not classified as top secret or secret, but require some protection. The release of this registry meets one of the first targets of President Obama’s Executive Order on Controlled Unclassified Information.

The order stated that “Within 1 year of the date of this order, the Executive Agent shall establish and maintain a public CUI registry reflecting authorized CUI categories and subcategories”. Although much work remains, the new registry “is certainly an important milestone,” according to John Fitzpatrick, the office’s director. Looking back at the origin of this registry, one of the key reasons to move forward with this initiative was that executive branch performance “suffers immensely from interagency inconsistency” in the CUI arena. And no wonder– there were 117 different markings. The results were inconsistent marking and safeguarding of documents, which led to unclear or unnecessarily restrictive dissemination policies, and created impediments to authorized information sharing. 

The new CUI registry provides a common definition, standardizes processes and procedures and breaks CUI down into 15 subject categories, such as law enforcement, immigration and privacy, followed by 85 subcategories (“privacy-contract use,” privacy-financial,” and so on.) It also justifies each with a reference to a specific law, regulation or government-wide policy. The next major steps (more…)

Best Practices for Defining a Classification Scheme

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

In my previous blog post, 5 Easy Steps for Implementing a Classification Policy, I discussed the importance of starting with a simple set of classification labels. In this post, I will expand on the topic of classification schemes, especially as they apply to commercial organizations.

At TITUS, we recommend that organizations try to keep the number of classification options down to four or fewer. We find that the simpler your classification scheme, the easier it will be for users to decide which category to use. Later, as your users become used to classifying content, you can add additional categories.

Many organizations use three categories:

1) A category such as “Public” to indicate non-sensitive information
2) An “Internal” category for information that should stay within the organization
3) A category such as “Confidential” or “Restricted” for information that is particularly sensitive

Surprisingly, the “Public” category is often what causes the most debate in commercial organizations. (more…)

Is Your Agency Ready for CUI Compliance? Meet Your December 6th Deadline

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

On November 4, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama signed a new Executive Order to establish a uniform policy for the government treatment of “Controlled Unclassified Information” (CUI).  This framework standardizes practices around the sharing of Controlled Unclassified Information, with the goal of improving the sharing of information within the executive departments of the U.S. Federal Government.

Government agencies must complete a number of deliverables as part of the CUI implementation plan. In May 2011, agencies were required to submit a catalogue of proposed Controlled Unclassified Information categories to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The next step is for agencies to develop a CUI compliance plan, which is due by December 6, 2011.

TITUS has partnered with PKH Enterprises to help agencies develop their CUI compliance plan. In a joint white paper with Patricia Hammar, executive secretary of the CUI Presidential Task Force, we provide expert advice, templates, and best practices from governments that have implemented similar initiatives. The white paper, called “Protect Your CUI Data: 5 Steps to Implementing Your Controlled Unclassified Information Plan”, includes the following content: (more…)