Lab Security Policy

1. Overview

See Purpose.

2. Purpose

This policy establishes the information security requirements to help manage and safeguard lab resources and eCuras networks by minimizing the exposure of critical infrastructure and information assets to threats that may result from unprotected hosts and unauthorized access.

3. Scope

This policy applies to all employees, contractors, consultants, temporary and other workers at eCuras and its subsidiaries must adhere to this policy. This policy applies to eCuras owned and managed labs, including labs outside the corporate firewall (DMZ).

4. Policy

4.1   General Requirements

4.1.1        Lab owning organizations are responsible for assigning lab managers, a point of contact (POC), and a back-up POC for each lab. Lab owners must maintain up-to-date POC information with InfoSec and the Corporate Enterprise Management Team.  Lab managers or their backup must be available around-the-clock for emergencies; otherwise, actions will be taken without their involvement.

4.1.2        Lab managers are responsible for their labs’ security and the lab’s impact on the corporate production network and other networks. Lab managers are accountable for adherence to this policy and associated processes. Where policies and procedures are undefined, lab managers must do their best to safeguard eCuras from security vulnerabilities.

4.1.3        Lab managers are responsible for the lab’s compliance with all eCuras security policies.

4.1.4        The Lab Manager is responsible for controlling lab access. Access to any given lab will only be granted by the lab manager or designee to those individuals with an immediate business need within the lab, either short-term or as defined by their ongoing job function. This includes continually monitoring the access list to ensure that those who no longer require access to the lab have their access terminated.

4.1.5        All user passwords must comply with eCuras’s Password Policy – eCuras uses LastPass as the secure passcodes sharing tool.

4.1.6        Individual user accounts on any lab device must be deleted when no longer authorized within three (3) days. Group account passwords on lab computers (Unix, Windows, etc.) must be changed quarterly (once every three months).

4.1.7        PC-based lab computers must have eCuras’s standard, supported anti-virus software installed and scheduled to run at regular intervals. Also, the anti-virus software and the virus pattern files must be kept up-to-date. Virus-infected computers must be removed from the network until they are verified as virus-free. Lab Admins/Lab Managers are responsible for creating procedures that ensure anti-virus software is run at regular intervals and computers are verified as virus-free.

4.1.8        Any activities to create and/or distribute malicious programs into eCuras’s networks (e.g., viruses, worms, Trojan horses, e-mail bombs, etc.) are prohibited under the Acceptable Use Policy.

4.1.9        No lab shall provide production services. Production services are defined as ongoing and shared business-critical services that generate revenue streams or provide customer capabilities. These should be managed by a <proper support> organization.

4.1.10    In accordance with the Data Classification Policy, information that is marked as eCuras Highly Confidential or eCuras Restricted is prohibited on lab equipment.

4.1.11    Immediate access to equipment and system logs must be granted to members of InfoSec and the Network Support Organization upon request, in accordance with the Audit Policy.

4.1.12    InfoSec will address non-compliance waiver requests on a case-by-case basis and approve waivers if justified.

4.2  Internal Lab Security Requirements

4.2.1        The Network Support Organization must maintain a firewall device between the corporate production network and all lab equipment.

4.2.2        The Network Support Organization and/or InfoSec reserve the right to interrupt lab connections that negatively impact the corporate production network or pose a security risk.

4.2.3        The Network Support Organization must record all lab IP addresses, which are routed within eCuras networks, in the Enterprise Address Management database, along with current contact information for that lab.

4.2.4        Any lab that wants to add an external connection must provide a diagram and documentation to InfoSec with business justification, the equipment, and the IP address space information. InfoSec will review for security concerns and must approve before such connections are implemented.

4.2.5        All traffic between the corporate production and the lab network must go through a Network Support Organization maintained firewall. Lab network devices (including wireless) must not cross-connect the lab and production networks.

4.2.6        Original firewall configurations and any changes to it must be reviewed and approved by InfoSec. InfoSec may require security improvements as needed.

4.2.7        Labs are prohibited from engaging in port scanning, network auto-discovery, traffic spamming/flooding, and other similar activities that negatively impact the corporate network and/or non-eCuras networks. These activities must be restricted within the lab.

4.2.8        Traffic between production networks and lab networks, as well as the traffic between separate lab networks, is permitted based on business needs, and as long as the traffic does not negatively impact other networks. Labs must not advertise network services that may compromise production network services or put lab confidential information at risk.

4.2.9        InfoSec reserves the right to audit all lab-related data and administration processes at any time, including but not limited to inbound and outbound packets, firewalls, and network peripherals.

4.2.10    Lab owned gateway devices must comply with all eCuras product security advisories and must authenticate against the Corporate Authentication servers.

4.2.11    The enable password for all lab owned gateway devices must be different from all other equipment passwords in the lab. The password must be in accordance with eCuras’s Password Policy.  The password will only be provided to those who are authorized to administer the lab network.

4.2.12    In labs where non-eCuras personnel have physical access (e.g., training labs), direct connectivity to the corporate production network is not allowed. Additionally, no eCuras confidential information can reside on any computer equipment in these labs. Connectivity for authorized personnel from these labs can be allowed to the corporate production network only if authenticated against the Corporate Authentication servers, temporary access lists (lock and key), SSH, client VPNs, or similar technology approved by InfoSec.

4.2.13    Lab networks with external connections are prohibited from connecting to the corporate production network or other internal networks through a direct connection, wireless connection, or other computing equipment.

4.3  DMZ Lab Security Requirements

4.3.1        New DMZ labs require a business justification and VP-level approval from the business unit. Changes to an existing DMZ lab’s connectivity or purpose must be reviewed and approved by the InfoSec Team.

4.3.2        DMZ labs must be in a physically separate room, cage, or secured lockable rack with limited access. Also, the Lab Manager must maintain a list of who has access to the equipment.

4.3.3        DMZ lab POCs must maintain network devices deployed in the DMZ lab to the network support organization point of demarcation.

4.3.4        DMZ labs must not connect to internal corporate networks, either directly, logically (for example, IPSEC tunnel), through a wireless connection, or multi-homed machine.

4.3.5        An approved network support organization must maintain a firewall device between the DMZ lab and the Internet. Firewall devices must be configured based on the least privilege access principles and the DMZ lab business requirements. Original firewall configurations and subsequent changes must be reviewed and approved by the InfoSec Team. All traffic between the DMZ lab and the Internet must go through the approved firewall. Cross-connections that bypass the firewall device are strictly prohibited.

4.3.6        All routers and switches not used for testing and/or training must conform to the DMZ Router and Switch standardization documents.

4.3.7        Operating systems of all hosts internal to the DMZ lab running Internet Services must be configured to the secure host installation and configuration standards published by the InfoSec Team.

4.3.8        Remote administration must be performed over secure channels (for example, encrypted network connections using SSH or IPSEC) or console access independent from the DMZ networks.

4.3.9        DMZ lab devices must not be an open proxy to the Internet.

4.3.10    The Network Support Organization and InfoSec reserve the right to interrupt lab connections if a security concern exists.

5. Policy Compliance

5.1  Compliance Measurement

The Infosec team will verify compliance with this policy through various methods, including but not limited to periodic walk-thrus, video monitoring, business tool reports, internal and external audits, and feedback to the policy owner.

5.2  Exceptions

The Infosec Team must approve any exception to the policy in advance.

5.3  Non-Compliance

An employee found to have violated this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

6. Related Standards, Policies, and Processes

Revised: March 14th, 2018

Table of Content

  1. Acceptable Encryption Policy
  2. Acceptable Use Policy
  3. Clean Desc Policy
  4. Data Breach Response Policy
  5. Disaster Recovery Plan Policy
  6. Digital Signature Acceptance Policy
  7. Email Policy
  8. Ethics Policy
  9. Pandemic Response Planning Policy
  10. Password Construction Guidelines
  11. Password Protection Policy
  12. Security Response Plan Policy
  13. End User Encryption Key Protection Policy
  14. Acquisition Assessment Policy
  15. Bluetooth Baseline Requirements Policy
  16. Remote Access Policy
  17. Remote Access Tools Policy
  18. Router and Switch Security Policy
  19. Wireless Communication Policy
  20. Wireless Communication Standard
  21. Database Credentials Policy
  22. Technology Equipment Disposal Policy
  23. Information Logging Standard
  24. Lab Security Policy
  25. Server Security Policy 
  26. Software Installation Policy
  27. Workstation Security (For HIPAA) Policy
  28. Web Application Security Policy
  29.  Analog/ISDN Line Security Policy
  30. Anti-Virus Guidelines
  31. Server Audit Policy
  32. Automatically Forwarded Email Policy
  33. Communications Equipment Policy
  34. Dial In Access Policy
  35. Extranet Policy
  36. Internet DMZ Equipment Policy
  37. Internet Usage Policy
  38. Mobile Device Encryption Policy
  39. Personal Communication Devices and Voicemail Policy
  40. Removable Media Policy
  41. Risk Assessment Policy
  42. Server Malware Protection Policy
  43. Social Engineering Awareness Policy
  44. DMZ Lab Security Policy
  45. Email Retention Policy
  46. Employee Internet Use Monitoring and Filtering Policy
  47. Lab Anti Virus Policy
  48. Mobile Employee Endpoint Responsibility Policy
  49. Remote Access Mobile Computing Storage
  50. Virtual Private Network Policy