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Cyber Security Checklist Template

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Does your personnel wear ID badges?
Is a current picture part of the ID badge?
Are authorized access levels and type (employee, contractor, visitor) identified on the badge?
Do you have policies addressing background checks for employees?
Do you check the credentials of external contractors?
Do you have a process for effectively cutting off access to facilities and information systems when an employee/contractor terminates employment?

Security & Health

Does your policies and procedures specify the methods used to control physical access to your secure areas, such as door locks, access control systems, security officers, or video monitoring?
Do you have policies and procedures that address allowing authorized and limiting unauthorized physical access to electronic information systems and the facilities in which they are housed?
Are visitors escorted into and out of controlled areas?
Is the access to your computing area controlled (single point, reception or security desk, sign-in/sign-out log, temporary/visitor badges)?
Is your computing area and equipment physically secured?
Are there procedures in place to prevent computers from being left in a loggedon state, however briefly?
Are your PCs inaccessible to unauthorized users (e.g. located away from public areas)?
Are modems set to Auto-Answer OFF (not to accept incoming calls)?
Do you have policies covering laptop security (e.g. cable lock or secure storage)?
Are screens automatically locked after 10 minutes idle?
Do you have procedures for protecting data during equipment repairs?
Does your plan identify areas and facilities that needs to be sealed off immediately in case of an emergency?
Do you have an emergency evacuation plan and is it current?
Are key personnel aware of which areas and facilities need to be sealed off and how?

Accounts & Passwords

Do you ensure that only authorized personnel have access to your computers?
Do you have policies and standards covering electronic authentication, authorization, and access control of personnel and resources to your information systems, applications and data?
Are your passwords secure (not easy to guess, regularly changed, no use of temporary or default passwords)?
Do you require and enforce appropriate passwords?
Are your computers set up so others cannot view staff entering passwords?

Confidential Information

Are you exercising responsibilities to protect sensitive data under your control?
Do you classify your data, identifying sensitive data versus non sensitive?
Do you have a policy for identifying the retention of information (both hard and soft copies)?
Is the most valuable or sensitive data encrypted?
Do you have procedures in place to deal with credit card information?
Do you have procedures covering the management of personal private information?
Is there a process for creating retrievable back up and archival copies of critical information?
Is waste paper binned or shredded?
Is your shred bin locked at all times?
Do your policies for disposing of old computer equipment protect against loss of data (e.g. by reading old disks and hard drives)?
Do your disposal procedures identify appropriate technologies and methods for making hardware and electronic media unusable and inaccessible (such as shredding CDs and DVDs, electronically wiping drives, burning tapes) etc.)?
Do you have procedures for disposing of waste material?


Is there a process for creating retrievable back up and archival copies of critical information?
Do you have a current business continuity plan?
Do you have an emergency/incident management communications plan?
Does your procedure identify who should be contacted, including contact information?
Do you have a procedure for notifying authorities in the case of a disaster or security incident?
Does your procedure identify who should make the contacts?
Have you identified who will speak to the press/public in the case of an emergency or an incident?
Is the contact information sorted and identified by incident type?
Can emergency procedures be appropriately implemented, as needed, by those responsible?
Does your communications plan cover internal communications with your employees and their families?


Do you provide training on a regular recurring basis?
Are your employees taught about keeping their passwords secure?
Are your employees able to identify and protect classified data, including paper documents, removable media, and electronic documents?
Does your awareness and education plan teach proper methods for managing credit card data (PCI standards) and personal private information (Social security numbers, names, addresses, phone numbers, etc.)?
Are employees taught to be alert to possible security breaches?
Are you providing information about computer security to your staff?


Does management regularly review lists of individuals with physical access to sensitive facilities or electronic access to information systems?
Do you test your disaster plans on a regular basis?
Do you review and revise your security documents, such as: policies, standards, procedures, and guidelines, on a regular basis?
Do you audit your processes and procedures for compliance with established policies and standards?


Overall Recommendations
IT Personnel (Name and Signature)
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