The purpose of the policy is to establish the goals and the vision for the breach response process. This policy will clearly define to whom it applies and under what circumstances. It will include the definition of a breach, staff roles and responsibilities, standards, and metrics (e.g., to enable prioritization of the incidents), as well as reporting, remediation, and feedback mechanisms. The policy shall be well-publicized and made readily available to all personnel whose duties involve data privacy and security protection.
eCuras Information Security’s intentions for publishing a Data Breach Response Policy are to focus significant attention on data security and data security breaches, and how eCuras’s established culture of openness, trust and integrity should respond to such activity. eCuras Information Security is committed to protecting eCuras’s employees, partners, and the company from illegal or damaging actions by individuals, either knowingly or unknowingly.
This policy mandates that any individual who suspects that a theft, breach, or exposure of eCuras Protected data or eCuras Sensitive data has occurred must immediately describe what happened via email to Helpdesk@eCuras.org, by calling 917-300-1711, or through the use of the help desk reporting web page at https://ecuras.com/. This email address, phone number, and web page are monitored by the eCuras’s Information Security Administrator. This team will investigate all reported thefts, data breaches, and exposures to confirm if a theft, breach, or exposure has occurred. If a theft, breach, or exposure has occurred, the Information Security Administrator will follow the appropriate procedure in place.
This policy applies to all who collect, access, maintain, distribute, process, protect, store, use, transmit, dispose of, or otherwise handle personally identifiable information or Protected Health Information (PHI) of eCuras members. Any agreements with vendors will contain language similar that protects the fund.
3. Policy Confirmed theft, data breach, or exposure of eCuras Protected data or eCuras Sensitive data
As soon as a theft, data breach, or exposure containing eCuras Protected data or eCuras Sensitive data is identified, the process of removing all access to that resource will begin.
The Executive Director will chair an incident response team to handle the breach or exposure.
The team will include members from:
- IT Infrastructure
- IT Applications
- Finance (if applicable)
- Member Services (if Member data is affected)
- Human Resources
- The affected unit or department that uses the involved system or output or whose data may have been breached or exposed
- Additional departments based on the data type involved, Additional individuals as deemed necessary by the Executive Director
Confirmed theft, breach, or exposure of eCuras data
The Executive Director will be notified of the theft, breach, or exposure. IT, along with the designated forensic team, will analyze the breach or exposure to determine the root cause.
Work with Forensic Investigators
As provided by eCuras cyber insurance, the insurer will need to provide access to forensic investigators and experts that will determine how the breach or exposure occurred; the types of data involved; the number of internal/external individuals and/or organizations impacted; and analyze the breach or exposure to determine the root cause.
Develop a communication plan.
Work with eCuras communications, legal and human resource departments to decide how to communicate the breach to: a) internal employees, b) the public, and c) those directly affected.
3.1 Ownership and Responsibilities
Roles & Responsibilities:
- Sponsors – Sponsors are those members of the eCuras community with primary responsibility for maintaining any particular information resource. Sponsors may be designated by any eCuras Executive in connection with their administrative duties or by the actual sponsorship, collection, development, or storage of information.
- Information Security Administrator is that member of the eCuras community, designated by the Executive Director or the Director, Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure, who provides administrative support for the implementation, oversight, and coordination of security procedures and systems concerning specific information resources in consultation with the relevant Sponsors.
- Users include virtually all members of the eCuras community to the extent they have authorized access to information resources and may consist of staff, trustees, contractors, consultants, interns, temporary employees, and volunteers.
- The Incident Response Team shall be chaired by Executive Management and shall include, but will not be limited to, the following departments or their representatives: IT-Infrastructure, IT-Application Security; Communications; Legal; Management; Financial Services, Member Services; Human Resources.
Any eCuras personnel found in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. Any third-party partner company found in violation may have their network connection terminated.
- Encryption or encrypted data – The most effective way to achieve data security. To read an encrypted file, you must have access to a secret key or password that enables you to decrypt it. Unencrypted data is called plain text;
- Plain text – Unencrypted data.
- Hacker – A slang term for a computer enthusiast, i.e., a person who enjoys learning programming languages and computer systems and can often be considered an expert on the subject(s).
- Protected Health Information (PHI) – Under US law is any information about health status, provision of health care, or payment for health care that is created or collected by a “Covered Entity” (or a Business Associate of a Covered Entity), and can be linked to a specific individual.
- Personally Identifiable Information (PII) – Any data that could potentially identify a specific individual. Any information that can be used to distinguish one person from another and can be used for de-anonymizing anonymous data can be considered.
- Protected data – See PII and PHI.
- Information Resource – The data and information assets of an organization, department, or unit.
- Safeguards – Countermeasures, controls put in place to avoid, detect, counteract, or minimize security risks to physical property, information, computer systems, or other assets. Safeguards help to reduce the risk of damage or loss by stopping, deterring, or slowing down an attack against an asset.
- Sensitive data – Data that is encrypted or in plain text and contains PII or PHI data. See PII and PHI above.
Revised: March 14th, 2018
Table of Content
- Acceptable Encryption Policy
- Acceptable Use Policy
- Clean Desc Policy
- Data Breach Response Policy
- Disaster Recovery Plan Policy
- Digital Signature Acceptance Policy
- Email Policy
- Ethics Policy
- Pandemic Response Planning Policy
- Password Construction Guidelines
- Password Protection Policy
- Security Response Plan Policy
- End User Encryption Key Protection Policy
- Acquisition Assessment Policy
- Bluetooth Baseline Requirements Policy
- Remote Access Policy
- Remote Access Tools Policy
- Router and Switch Security Policy
- Wireless Communication Policy
- Wireless Communication Standard
- Database Credentials Policy
- Technology Equipment Disposal Policy
- Information Logging Standard
- Lab Security Policy
- Server Security Policy
- Software Installation Policy
- Workstation Security (For HIPAA) Policy
- Web Application Security Policy
- Analog/ISDN Line Security Policy
- Anti-Virus Guidelines
- Server Audit Policy
- Automatically Forwarded Email Policy
- Communications Equipment Policy
- Dial In Access Policy
- Extranet Policy
- Internet DMZ Equipment Policy
- Internet Usage Policy
- Mobile Device Encryption Policy
- Personal Communication Devices and Voicemail Policy
- Removable Media Policy
- Risk Assessment Policy
- Server Malware Protection Policy
- Social Engineering Awareness Policy
- DMZ Lab Security Policy
- Email Retention Policy
- Employee Internet Use Monitoring and Filtering Policy
- Lab Anti Virus Policy
- Mobile Employee Endpoint Responsibility Policy
- Remote Access Mobile Computing Storage
- Virtual Private Network Policy