- T1 CSU/DSU systems
- DSL routers
- Ethernet switches
- Wireless access points and bridges
- Phone switches
- VoIP call managers and related systems
- Laptops, PDAs, smart phones and mobile drives (that undoubtedly contain sensitive information)
- critical workstations belonging to groups such as IT, HR and executives
- VPN or Terminal Services servers
These systems are often compromised, leading to a breach, so make sure you're looking beyond your Windows domain controllers and IIS Web servers. And don't forget about any Linux, NetWare and midrange/mainframe systems.
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Plan for a security breach, step by step
Step 1: Define what "breach" means to your business
Step 2: Don't overlook critical systems
Step 3: Know who to contact and have that information available
Step 4: Develop a simple yet methodical set of response steps
Step 5: Get input from others affected by a security breach
Step 6: Keep your momentum going
About the author: Kevin Beaver is an independent information security consultant, speaker and expert witness with Atlanta-based Principle Logic LLC. He has more than 19 years of experience in IT and specializes in performing information security assessments revolving around compliance and IT governance. Kevin has authored/co-authored six books on information security including Hacking For Dummies and Hacking Wireless Networks For Dummies (Wiley) as well asThe Practical Guide to HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance (Auerbach). He's also the creator of the Security On Wheels audiobook series. You can reach Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org>.