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AI3.2 - Infrastructure Resource Protection and Availability

This topic is intended to enable collaboration and sharing of information to facilitate a better understanding and approach to implementing this COBIT control objective based on the risk, value and guidance provided by its corresponding control practices.

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Infrastructure Resource Protection and Availability

Implement internal control, security and auditability measures during configuration, integration and maintenance of hardware and infrastructural software to protect resources and ensure availability and integrity. Responsibilities for using sensitive infrastructure components should be clearly defined and understood by those who develop and integrate infrastructure components. Their use should be monitored and evaluated.

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Value Drivers

  • Consistent technological planning
  • Enhanced system security
  • Balanced hardware and software utilisation
  • Data integrity and confidentiality maintained in all system stages
  Risk Drivers
  • Disruptions in production processing
  • Undetected bypassing of access controls
  • Unauthorised access to sensitive software
  • Business needs not supported by technology

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  1. Back up and secure all infrastructure data and software prior to installation or maintenance tasks.
  2. Test whether the application software environment is separated from, but sufficiently similar to, production to verify functionality and establish its security, availability or integrity conditions. This ensures that they operate appropriately and are in compliance with requirements established within the acquisition and maintenance framework for technology infrastructure. Analyse and follow vendor recommendations.
  3. Assess all the security aspects associated with system software installation and maintenance processes, especially the modification of original passwords assigned by service providers and the setup of parameters that may affect security, such as vendor-established default parameter settings.
  4. Monitor when temporary access is granted to allow installation, and ensure that passwords are changed as installation is completed.
  5. Monitor that only appropriately licenced software is tested and installed. Review the process to ensure that system software installation is performed in accordance with vendor guidelines and any deviations are discussed with the vendor to assess potential impact.
  6. Control movement of programs and data amongst libraries by ensuring that this is performed by an independent group (e.g., librarian).
  7. Enforce acceptance procedures using objective acceptance criteria to ensure that product performance (including security and functionality) is consistent with the agreed-upon specifications and/or SLA requirements.
  8. Provide appropriate training to personnel who use sensitive infrastructure components.
  9. Monitor and log access and maintenance of sensitive infrastructure components, and ensure that these are regularly reviewed.

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Hello,I have a question about a control design "AI3.2 Infrastructure Resource Protection and Availability" on the COBIT Assurance guide. It says that:• Confirm with key staff members that an independent group (e.g., librarian) is granted access for the mo...
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