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7.9
ISO 27001

Security of assets off-premises

Other tasks from the same security theme

Personnel guidelines for safe usage of mobile devices

Critical
High
Normal
Low

There are separate instructions for staff to use mobile devices. The instructions cover:

  • restrictions on installing software and using various services on your organization's devices
  • procedures for the registration of new devices
  • requirements for physical protection of equipment and installation of updates
  • access control requirements
  • protecting your organization’s data with encryption, malware protection, and backup
  • the ability of the organization to remotely control the device
11.2.6: Security of equipment and assets off-premises
ISO 27001
6.2.1: Mobile device policy
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10.1.1: Policy on the use of cryptographic controls
ISO 27001
11.2.8: Unattended user equipment
ISO 27001
12.6.2: Restrictions on software installation
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Process for theft / disappearance of mobile equipment

Critical
High
Normal
Low

Procedures have been established for the theft or loss of mobile devices.

The user may be required to e.g.:

  • change network access codes
  • report the situation to the IT department (and, if necessary, to the police or mobile access provider)
  • change any other credentials that may have been compromised

The organizational process in the event of a device loss may include e.g. clearing the device (at least the contents of the organization) remotely.

6.2.1: Mobile device policy
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8.1: User endpoint devices
ISO 27001

Safe disposal of laptops

Critical
High
Normal
Low

The organization has defined procedures for the safe disposal of laptops that are no longer required.

8.3.2: Disposal of media
ISO 27001
11.2.7: Secure disposal or re-use of equipment
ISO 27001
PR.DS-3: Asset management
NIST CSF
7.10: Storage media
ISO 27001
7.14: Secure disposal or re-use of equipment
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Procedure for identifying software licensing requirements

Critical
High
Normal
Low

Installing commercially licensed software can cause a breach of the licence terms for the software. Organisation should have a procedure for identifying licensing requirements for before permitting any licensed software to be installed.

Particular attention should be paid to cases where the data system is elastic and scalable and can be run on more systems or processor cores than is permitted by the licence terms.

18.1.2: Intellectual property rights
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18: Compliance
ISO 27017
18.1: Compliance with legal and contractual requirements
ISO 27017
18.1.2: Intellectual property rights
ISO 27017
18.1.5: Regulation of cryptographic controls
ISO 27017

Third-party endpoint security monitoring

Critical
High
Normal
Low

The organization must have policies defined for monitoring the security of third party endpoint devices. Policies may include both technical and contractual practices.

In general, the organization must carefully consider the situation before granting access to the organization's data to third parties and their endpoint devices.

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Enabling remote wipe on endpoint devices

Critical
High
Normal
Low

The organization must enable remote wiping on all mobile devices it manages (e.g., phones, laptops, tablets).

Remote wiping can help protect your device and the data it contains in the event of loss or theft. However, remote wiping must be used with extreme caution.

7.9: Security of assets off-premises
ISO 27001

Enabling remote locating on endpoint devices

Critical
High
Normal
Low

The organization must enable remote locating on all mobile endpoints managed by the organization (e.g., phones, laptops, tablets).

Remote locating helps protect your device and the information it contains in the event of loss or theft.

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Software firewall on endpoint devices

Critical
High
Normal
Low

All endpoint devices in the organization should be protected by a properly configured software firewall that monitors traffic, accepts compliant traffic, and monitors users.

A firewall protects against malware and attacks that come from inside or outside your organization's network.

9.3 (MIL1): Implement IT and OT Asset Security as an Element of the Cybersecurity Architecture
C2M2

Process for testing the compatibility of endpoints

Critical
High
Normal
Low

Poorly configured endpoints cause both a waste of resources but also potential security problems.

The organization shall define a process to identify potential compatibility issues between the endpoint devices used and the operating systems, information systems or applications.

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Listing and monitoring allowed applications on endpoints

Critical
High
Normal
Low

The organization must have list of approved applications, and application sources, that are allowed to be used on the organization's endpoint devices.

The organization should, if possible, execute management of approved software using automation for example with policies from mobile device management system.

9.3 (MIL1): Implement IT and OT Asset Security as an Element of the Cybersecurity Architecture
C2M2

Mobile device security policies and their monitoring

Critical
High
Normal
Low

The security policies defined in the mobile device management system aim to protect the organization’s data. For example, to reduce the risk of losing devices, you can specify that the device be locked after 5 minutes of inactivity or that the device be completely wiped after 3 failed login attempts.

It may make sense to test new policies first with a small group of users. Policies also require oversight. You can initially select a setting for policies that informs the administrator of settings that violate the policy, but does not completely block access.

6.2.1: Mobile device policy
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8.1: User endpoint devices
ISO 27001

Using a mobile device management system

Critical
High
Normal
Low

Mobile Device Management (MDM) helps secure and manage staff mobile devices, whether they are iPhones, iPads, Android devices, or Windows devices. E.g. a Microsoft 365 subscription includes the basics of mobile device management.

Mobile device management system can be used to e.g. configure device security policies, wipe remotely and get accurate device usage reporting.

6.2.1: Mobile device policy
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8.1: User endpoint devices
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Endpoint PIN-protection and automated locking

Critical
High
Normal
Low

Devices should be protected against unauthorized access to or disclosure of information stored on or processed by them. Mandatory protection of the devices, e.g. with a 5-digit PIN code before each use, and automatic locking of the devices, e.g. after 5 minutes of inactivity, can help.

11.2.9: Clear desk and clear screen policy
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7.7: Clear desk and clear screen
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Endpoint security management system

Critical
High
Normal
Low

Endpoint security management system can be used to demand the desired security criteria from the devices before they are allowed to connect to the network resources. Devices can be laptops, smartphones, tablets or industry-specific hardware.

Criteria for the use of network resources may include e.g. approved operating system, VPN and antivirus systems, and the timeliness of these updates.

6.2.1: Mobile device policy
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13.1.1: Network controls
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PR.PT-4: Communications and control networks
NIST CSF
8.1: User endpoint devices
ISO 27001
9.3 (MIL1): Implement IT and OT Asset Security as an Element of the Cybersecurity Architecture
C2M2

Device list maintenance in a mobile device management system

Critical
High
Normal
Low

The devices must be registered in the mobile device management system in order to obtain a unique identifier for the device and to use the management features. When purchasing new devices, the devices are always registered in the mobile device management system.

8.1.1: Inventory of assets
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