Level 2

Protect Passwords

U2: All passwords and other access credentials must be protected.

No Shared Passwords

U1: Users’ passwords and other access credentials must never be shared.

Destroying Records

P6: Destruction of records must be accomplished by means that make it impossible to reconstruct the records.

Transferring Records

P4: Any physical transfer of records must use means that are appropriately secure and such transfers must be tracked to confirm that they actually reached the intended recipient.

Limiting Access

P1: Access must be limited to those persons with valid business reasons to access the records.

Ensure individual user identification

 Server operators must not knowingly set up accounts that will be shared by multiple users unless there is a process by which the individual users can be identified. The use of “sudo” or “runas” meets this how-to.

Run malware detection and endpoint detection and response software

  • Servers owned and managed directly by Havard must run CrowdStrike endpoint detection and response software. 
  • Servers managed via contract with a third-party service for Harvard's use must run applicable malware detection and endpoint detection and response software with up-to-date signature files. 

Application patching

Evaluate, schedule, and apply any missing application security updates in a timely manner.

OS X servers patching

Evaluate, schedule, and apply any missing OS X security updates in a timely manner.

Transfer temporary passwords securely

 Initial/temporary passwords or secrets must be securely transferred to the user (email to a known good address without the username or address of record, or phone call).  A phone call is the preferred method.

Require password changes

When creating passwords, administrators must ensure that they are set to be changed after first use.

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