CESG Assured Service (Telecoms) - CAS (T)

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CESG

These Security Procedures are designed to enable a Communications Provider (CP) to use the CESG Assured Service (Telecoms) to provide assurance to customers that its telecommunications systems and services conform to industry good practice aligned to HMG standards and requirements.

Did you know? In December 2011, the United Kingdom's Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) announced to UK government agencies and critical industries that the UK government would adopt the CIS Critical Controls as the framework for securing the critical infrastructure going forward.

Specifically, CP’s need to demonstrate all telecommunications systems and services are adequately protected against risks to the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information classified as OFFICIAL.

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Although these Security Procedures are a superset of ISO 27001, they define the mandatory security controls and other requirements that CPs must meet in order to achieve certification under the CESG Assured Service (Telecoms) (CAS(T)).

Scoping the Information Security Management System (ISMS) correctly is a key element of meeting this standard security level. It requires consideration of critical applications and equipment, network elements, ‘system users, administrators and managers’, utilities and the physical location.

The scope of the risk assessment must include all of the entities identified in the scope section below. It must also consider external interfaces such as customer portals, remote access, third party support, corporate networks, etc.

Risks to be considered must include:

  • Physical attacks.
  • Denial-of-service attacks against network elements.
  • Attacks on management layers via network elements.
  • Attacks via management layers (unauthorised individuals).
  • System failures.
  • Deliberate misconfiguration by authorised individuals.
  • Accidental misconfiguration.
  • Threats to the confidentiality and integrity of customer data.
  • Equipment failures.

In addition, requirement A.14 specifically references that Security requirements for critical equipment and critical applications should be specified, to include authentication, logging, configuration and provision of security patches by the vendor. Formal security standards should be considered for assuring products where possible, for example, by specifying standards such as the Centre for Internet Security (CIS) benchmarks.

NNT’s real-time, continuous approach to compliance, configuration-drift reporting and breach detection provides a cohesive means of demonstrating compliance with CAS(T) requirements.

CIS
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The Center for Internet Security is the primary recognized industry-standard for secure configuration guidance, developing comprehensive, consensus-derived checklists to help identify and mitigate known security vulnerabilities across a wide range of platforms.

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