Web Application Security Policy

1. Scope and Objectives

1.1 Definition:

This policy governs the security practices and measures implemented within medd.com.au’s web applications. It includes all components, technologies, and personnel associated with the web application infrastructure.

1.2 Objectives:

The primary goals of this policy are to:

  • Protect sensitive data and information.
  • Mitigate the risk of unauthorized access and data breaches.
  • Ensure the availability, integrity, and confidentiality of web applications.
  • Comply with relevant regulatory requirements.

 

2. Roles and Responsibilities

2.1 Application Security Team:

  • The Application Security Team is responsible for implementing and maintaining security measures for web applications.
  • Conduct regular security assessments and audits.

2.2 Development Team:

  • Develop secure code following best practices.
  • Participate in security training programs.

2.3 IT Operations Team:

  • Ensure secure deployment and configuration of web application infrastructure.
  • Monitor and respond to security incidents promptly.

2.4 Management:

  • Provide resources and support for security initiatives.
  • Approve security policies and standards.

 

3. Standards and Procedures

3.1 Encryption Standards:

  • All data transmitted over the network must be encrypted using industry-standard protocols.

3.2 Authentication Mechanisms:

  • Implement multi-factor authentication for access to sensitive systems.
  • Regularly review and update user access privileges.

3.3 Code Development:

  • Follow secure coding practices.
  • Conduct regular code reviews and static code analysis.

3.4 Application Backups:

  • Perform regular backups of web applications to ensure data integrity and availability.
  • Store backups in secure, offsite locations.
  • Test backup restoration procedures periodically to verify their effectiveness.

3.5 Web Application Firewall (WAF):

  • Deploy a Web Application Firewall to monitor, filter, and block malicious traffic.
  • Regularly update WAF rules and configurations to adapt to emerging threats.

3.6 Enforcing Strong Passwords:

  • Enforce the use of strong passwords for all user accounts.
  • Implement password policies, including regular password updates.

3.7 Control of Data Access:

  • Define and enforce access controls based on the principle of least privilege.
  • Regularly review and update user access rights to align with job responsibilities.
  • Monitor and audit data access to detect and respond to unauthorized activities.

 

4. Incident Response Plan

4.1 Detection:

  • Implement monitoring systems to detect potential security incidents.
  • Establish anomaly detection mechanisms.

4.2 Response:

  • Designate a response team to investigate and mitigate security incidents.
  • Communicate with stakeholders and regulatory bodies as necessary.

4.3 Recovery:

  • Develop a recovery plan to restore systems to normal operation.
  • Conduct post-incident analysis and implement improvements.

 

5. Review and Updates

5.1 Regular Assessments:

  • Conduct regular security assessments and audits of web applications.
  • Identify and address emerging threats.

5.2 Policy Updates:

  • Review and update the web application security policy annually or as needed.
  • Ensure alignment with changes in technology and organizational structure.

 

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