Server Audit Policy

 Last Update Status: Updated 25 Apr 2024

1. Overview

The primary goal of a server audit is to identify any vulnerabilities or weaknesses in the server's security posture and to recommend improvements to mitigate potential risks. By conducting regular server audits, organizations can proactively identify and address security issues before they are exploited by malicious actors.

2. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to ensure all servers deployed at BITHOST PRIVATE LIMITED are configured according to the BITHOST security policies. Servers deployed at BITHOST shall be audited at least annually and as prescribed by applicable regulatory compliance. 

Audits may be conducted to: 

  1. Ensure integrity, confidentiality and availability of information and resources
  2. Ensure conformance to BITHOST PRIVATE LIMITED security policies 

3. Scope

This policy covers all servers owned or operated by BITHOST. This policy also covers any server present on BITHOST premises, but which may not be owned or operated by BITHOST PRIVATE LIMITED.

4. Policy

BITHOST PRIVATE LIMITED hereby provides its consent to allow Internal or External Audit Teams to access its servers to the extent necessary to allow Audit Teams to perform scheduled and ad hoc audits of all servers at BITHOST PRIVATE LIMITED.

  1. Specific Concerns
    Servers in use for BITHOST PRIVATE LIMITED support critical business functions and store company sensitive information. Improper configuration of servers could lead to the loss of confidentiality, availability or integrity of these systems.
  2. Guidelines
    Approved and standard configuration templates shall be used when deploying server systems to include:
    1. All system logs shall be sent to a central log review system.
    2. All Sudo / Administrator actions must be logged.
    3. Use a central patch deployment system.
    4. Host security agent such as antivirus shall be installed and updated.
    5. Network scan to verify only required network ports and network shares are in use.
    6. Verify administrative group membership.
    7. Conduct baselines when systems are deployed and upon significant system changes.
    8. Changes to configuration template shall be coordinated with approval of change control board
  3. Responsibility
    Internal or External Audit Teams shall conduct audits of all servers owned or operated by BITHOST PRIVATE LIMITED.Server and application owners are encouraged to also perform this work as needed.
  4. Relevant Findings
    All relevant findings discovered as a result of the audit shall be listed in the BITHOST PRIVATE LIMITED tracking system to ensure prompt resolution or appropriate mitigating controls.
  5. Ownership of Audit Report
    All results and findings generated by the Internal or External Audit Teams must be provided to appropriate BITHOST management within one week of project completion. This report will become the property of BITHOST PRIVATE LIMITED and be considered company confidential.

5. Policy Compliance

  1. Compliance Measurement
    Internal or External Audit Team shall never use access required to perform server audits for any other purpose.
    The Infosec Team will verify compliance to this policy through various methods, including but not limited to, business tool reports, internal and external audits, and feedback to the policy owner
  2. Exceptions
    Any exception to the policy must be approved by the Infosec Team in advance. 
  3. Non-Compliance
    An employee found to have violated this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. 

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