The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) is a federal law that applies to financial institutions. GLBA regulations require financial institutions to protect customers’ confidentiality, anticipate threats, and protect against unauthorized access to customer information. The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) is charged with providing specific guidelines for GLBA compliance.
Sentinel’s Network Cloaking and reporting functions satisfy several of these guidelines, for example (their words, not ours):
- Protect against the risk of malicious code by implementing appropriate controls at the host and network level to prevent and detect malicious code
- IDS and IPS monitoring of incoming and outgoing network traffic, including signature and anomaly-based traffic monitors
- Filtering to protect against attacks such as cross-site scripting and SQL injection
- Monitoring network and host activity to identify policy violations and anomalous behavior
- Analyzing the results of monitoring to accurately and quickly identify, classify, escalate, report, and guide responses to security events.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) contains specific guidelines to protect the privacy of individuals’ health information and sets national standards for the security of electronic health records. Sentinel helps organizations comply with HIPAA’s ‘Security Management Process’ and ‘Security Incident Procedures’ as a solution to prevent and detect security violations and provide reporting for security incidents.
As an important piece in the network security puzzle, Sentinel helps organizations comply to PCI requirements by protecting stored credit cardholder data, keeping our signature database up to date, and providing reporting to aid in regular testing of security systems and processes. Our EPS device also lets organizations find infected machines inside their LAN, providing organizations with a way to monitor the effectiveness of their anti-virus software.
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) sets new or enhanced standards for all public company boards, management and public accounting firms. The bill was a reaction to the many corporate financial scandals of the late 1990s and early 2000s, such as Enron, Tyco International, and WorldCom. SOX requires the management of a publically traded company to demonstrate that it has the proper internal controls in place to protect the organization’s financial information, including the prevention and detection of network security breaches. Of course, this is exactly what the Sentinel is designed to do.
The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requires every federal agency to implement an information security strategy that protects that agency’s “operations and assets”. In turn, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created the standards and guidelines that agencies must follow. Sentinel’s Network Cloaking and reporting functions play an important role in meeting several of the NIST Minimum Security Requirements. Here are a few examples:
Access Control. Organizations must limit information system access to authorized users, processes acting on behalf of authorized users, or devices (including other information systems) and to the types of transactions and functions that authorized users are permitted to exercise.
Audit and Accountability. Organizations must: (i) create, protect, and retain information system audit records to the extent needed to enable the monitoring, analysis, investigation, and reporting of unlawful, unauthorized, or inappropriate information system activity; and (ii) ensure that the actions of individual information system users can be uniquely traced to those users so they can be held accountable for their actions.
Incident Response. Organizations must: (i) establish an operational incident handling capability for organizational information systems that includes adequate preparation, detection, analysis, containment, recovery, and user response activities; and (ii) track, document, and report incidents to appropriate organizational officials and/or authorities.