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Simple – Approach to Starting an IT Security Project

Posted in Projects (400) by Guest on the April 30th, 2013

Project Task Activity

  1. Perform Project Kick-Off
  2. Document Project Organization and 

Success Factors

  1. Finalize Project Team Members
  2. Prepare For Kick-Off Meeting
  3. Arrange For Project Logistics
  4. Setup Project Electronic Filing System
  5. Conduct Kick-Off Meeting
  6. Initiate Project RFCs if needed
  7. Review/Familiarize With Standards
  8. Review Architecture Standards
  9. Review Batch Requirements
  10. Review Release Services Standards
  11. Review Change Services Standards
  12. Review Enterprise Architecture 


  1. Review Data Management Standards
  2. Review Security Standards
  3. Develop Customer Requirements
  4. Conduct Customer Requirements Meeting
  5. Analyze Current Business Processes
  6. Document Technical Requirements 

Task Activity

  1. Document Business Requirements
  2. Prioritize Requirements
  3. Obtain User Sign-Off On 


  1. Conduct Infrastructure Analysis
  2. Review Current Infrastructure
  3. Identify Target Areas For Improvement
  4. Research Alternative Solutions
  5. Identify Potential Vendors
  6. Gather Information From Vendors
  7. Evaluate Information From Vendors
  8. Select Solutions For Further Evaluation
  9. Prepare For Solutions Review Meeting
  10. Conduct Solution Review Meeting
  11. Conduct Solution Demos (If needed)
  12. Prepare For Solution Demos
  13. Conduct Solution Demos
  14. Conduct Solution Review Meeting 


  1. Manage Vendor Relations
  2. Maintain Dialog With Vendors
  3. Facilitate Q&A Between Project Team 


  1. Manage Vendor Expectations 

Task Activity

  1. Obtain Corporate Architecture Design Standards 


  1. Prepare Approval Documentation
  2. Obtain Approval From Architecture Office
  3. Obtain Waiver From AO Standards (if needed)
  4. Re-Propose Solution (if waiver request declined
  5. Model Potential Solutions In Test Lab
  6. Arrange For “Demo” Use Of Solutions
  7. Implement Solution In Test Lab
  8. Develop Testing Strategy
  9. Conduct Evaluation Testing
  10. Document Results Of Solution Modeling 

Task Activity

  1. Conduct Discovery Phase Gate Exit
  2. Develop Cost Estimate
  3. Conduct Discovery PM Review
  4. Update Project Files
  5. Asses Readiness For Design 

Phase 1

  1. Obtain Approvals To Proceed To
    1. Design Phase


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Sample Grouped – Patch Management Products

Posted in Compliances (1300),O S (375),Security (1500) by Guest on the April 30th, 2013


Microsoft SMS & WSUS Citadel
Bigfix Altiris
SecureInfo PatchLink
Bladelogic Symantec
Marimba Ecora
Secure Elem ConfigureSoft ECM
St Bernard Vigilent
Shavik HFNetChk BMC Marimba
McAfee (Citadel) Hercules Asset Insight
Night Watchman EEYE
Apple (Darwin) Remote Desktop & Workgroup Manager ZNQ3 Softpatch


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Sample Grouped – IPS / Network Behavior Monitoring Products

Posted in Compliances (1300),Security (1500) by Guest on the April 30th, 2013


Mirage Networks Maze Networks
Lancope Stealthwatch Q1 Labs
Cisco MARS PacketFence (OpenSource)
Arbor Networks PeakFlow NetFort Technologies
GraniteEdge Networks SourceFire
NETINFO Okena (Stormwatch)
EEYE TippingPoint


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Sample – User Roles Server Assessment Considerations – Part 2

Posted in Compliances (1300),Information Rights Management (100),Security (1500) by Guest on the April 30th, 2013

Partial list of questions to consider. 

Business issue



0 time spent with / Managing Authentication today Dedicate resource time on solution to leverage tool and reduce AD administration time Agreement; reduce workload & leverage automation
No Automation Create further policies  
Approval process needed for Groups and users (owner) Use built in approvals for critical groups, user changes, etc that are all built in today Documentation
Reporting data Update to full version of SQL Need process
Upgrade   Need to find time
Approvals Workflow of critical changes to the AD environment and who is responsible for each change. Ease audit requirements, best practices for AD administration / delegation and segregation of duties
Attestation Object lifecycle and ownership removal from IT to the business owner Removal of stale objects from the directory
Group Families (dynamic) Ease security delegation and administration of groups to the end user of the groups IT as a service; remove IT responsibility of ownership
Unmanaged account domains Read from other unmanaged / non migrated domains today and manage until migration project completed. Leverage infrastructure in place today and reduce overall admin time Allows group management across domains for security / delegation purposes
Manage Computer Services Ability to delegate computer management to OU / Site Admins. Reduce workload Another delegation reducing workload, Enforcement of policies
Publish Groups for self-subscription Reduce administration workload Self service requests
Notifications Quicker administration / reduce workload Speed process  / automation for change requests on activities


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Sample – SAP CRM “Managed Service Provider” Considerations

Posted in Business (600),Compliances (1300),Security (1500) by Guest on the April 30th, 2013

Business Issues / Business Drivers

  • Integrating SAP CRM with Client’s existing suite of products
  • Facilitate growth in high growth geographies and markets
  • Innovation – Bringing new and exciting products in an aggressive timeline, to meet customers’ increasing expectations
  • Cost Competition – Slow economic conditions forced auto manufacturers to cut costs across the supply chain and set targets for cost reduction with suppliers
  • Pressure of declining margins – Due to pricing squeeze from customers, need to find ways to sustain operating profit
  • Major challenges were faced during the requirements gathering, where different Business Units had different requirements revolving around the same functionality. The challenge was to cater to every unit’s requirement for the same functionality within the scope defined.
  • Cost effective and efficient deployment of Global delivery model in both technical and functional areas with 24×7 support in all time zones
  • Support globalization
    • Support integration activities
    • Provide opportunities for cost reduction
    • Multiple levels of globally spread dynamic Supply Chains
    • Highly regional Demand Planning Process.
    • Project delivery in Multi Vendor Organizational Structure.
    • Prepare activities
      • Scale down system complexity, thereby reducing total cost of ownership 

Problematic Business Areas

  • Disparate systems to support similar functions across different plants
  • Top management unable to have good visibility into the metrics for different plants
  • Discrepancies within business processes, especially those related to purchasing
  • Unable to leverage on high volume of purchasing from its vendors towards cost benefits, due to decentralized purchasing
  • Need to consolidate shared functions across plants and reduce costs related to management of these functions
  • SAP Implementation project, to support business changes, was continuously in firefighting mode – Inadequate focus on testing and post Go-Live scenarios 

Tactical Global Sourcing

  • Cost reduction the primary driver
  • “Discretionary” decision making on off shoring
  • Ad-hoc requirements based staffing model
  • Joint program and change management office
  • Collaborative project and budget planning
  • SLA based incentive system, not necessarily tied to business outcomes
  • Improved Business-IT Alignment
  • Strategic partnership with few selected vendors
  • Balanced scorecard and program level metrics for measuring business value
  • Managing outsourced projects
  • Outcome based relationship
  • SLA pilots in key business areas
  • Training vendor resources on domain and company managers on global delivery processes
  • “Staff augmentation” approach for offshore resources
  • Organization change initiation for adjusting to Global Delivery
  • SLA driven governance tied to program and business outcomes
  • Strategic imperative at top management level to access larger global resource pools, not just reduce costs


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Sample Visio – PSTN DSL

Posted in Networking (340),Security (1500) by Guest on the April 29th, 2013
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