Terms of Service

CIS Security Benchmarks Community Website – Contributor Terms of Use

CIS Security Benchmarks Community Website (the "Site")

Please read these general terms of use ("Terms of Use") carefully. By registering for or accessing the Site, you agree to be bound by the Terms of Use set forth herein. If you do not agree with the Terms of Use, please do not access the Site.

Throughout the Terms of Use, the terms "we", "us", "our" and "CIS" refer to the Center for Internet Security, Inc. ("CIS") and the term "you" means any visitor to or participant on the Site.

1. Purpose

The Site is operated by CIS, a nonprofit enterprise whose mission includes helping organizations reduce the risk of business disruptions resulting from inadequate technical security controls. The purpose of the Site is to develop user originated, consensus based security resources that will be owned and managed by CIS in accordance with the above stated mission.

2. Registration

As a condition to using the Site, you may be required to register with CIS and select a password and provide a working e-mail address. You may not (a) select or use a profile name, e-mail address, or name of another person with the intent to impersonate that person; or (b) use as a profile name a name subject to any rights of a person other than yourself without appropriate authorization. CIS reserves the right to refuse registration of or cancel an account at its sole discretion. You shall be responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password. You are solely responsible for any use of or action taken under your password and accept full responsibility for all activity conducted through your account and agree to and hereby release CIS from any and all liability concerning such activity. You agree to notify CIS immediately of any actual or suspected loss, theft, or unauthorized use of your account or password. Only persons who are 18 years of age or older may register for and use the Site; provided, however, that if you are between the ages of 14-17, you may only register for the Site with the express permission of your parent or legal guardian. By registering for an account for or using the Site, you represent and warrant that you (1) are at least the age of 18, or (2) are over the age of 13 and have the express permission of a parent or legal guardian to register for and use the Site, and you further agree to abide by all of the terms and conditions of these Terms of Use.

3. Contributions

3.1. General Policy

By submitting a Contribution, each person actually submitting the Contribution and each identified co-Contributor hereby acknowledges that: he/she has read and understood each provision of these Terms of Use; he/she agrees to comply with the terms and conditions set forth in these Terms of Use; and no further acknowledgment, signature or other action is required to bind a Contributor to these Terms of Use.

3.2. Intellectual Property Rights

All text, images, and other materials on the Site are either the intellectual property of CIS or are included with the permission of the relevant owner.

3.3. Rights Granted by Contributors to CIS

In support of the above described Purpose, any data, questions, comments, suggestions, ideas, artwork, inventions, flowcharts, developments, concepts, or the like ("Contributions") that you ("Contributor") transmit or post to the Site means that you are hereby granting: 1. Other users of the Site rights to reproduce Contributions under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license (found at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0); and 2. CIS a perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, world-wide, sublicensable right and license under all such copyrights, trademark and/or service mark protection and other rights in the Contributions to use, reproduce, prepare derivative works of, sublicense and distribute Contributions and any derivative work made thereof, including the right to reproduce any trademarks, service marks or trade names included in the Contributions and derivative works thereof. If there are any conditions applicable to CIS relative to the use of the trademark, Contributor shall clearly specify such conditions. For purposes of these Terms of Use, any personal information, user profile attribute, Contributor account activity or other related non-personal information provided by a Contributor in the registration process or through the use of the Site does not constitute a Contribution, and is governed by CIS’s privacy policy, which can be viewed at www.cisecurity.org/privacy-policy.

3.4. Contributors' Retention of Rights

Although Contributors provide specific rights to CIS, it is not intended that this should deprive Contributors of their right to exploit their Contributions. To underscore this principle, CIS confirms that Contributors may each make use of their Contributions in any way they wish, subject only to the restriction that no Contributor has the right to represent any such work as a CIS work product or equivalent of a CIS work product.

3.5. No Responsibility for Contributions

Contributor acknowledges that transmissions to and from the Site are not confidential and may be read or intercepted by others. Contributor further acknowledges that by submitting Contributions to the Site, no confidential, fiduciary, contractually implied or other relationship is created between Contributor and CIS other than pursuant to these Terms of Use.

3.6. Representations and Warranties

With respect to each Contribution, each Contributor represents that, to the best of his or her knowledge and ability: The Contribution properly acknowledges all Contributors, including any indirect Contributors. He or she has obtained the necessary permissions to submit the Contribution and to grant CIS the rights contained herein from each party that the Contributor reasonably and personally knows may have rights in the Contribution, including, without limitation, the Contributor’s sponsor or employer. No information in the Contribution is subject to any requirement of confidentiality or other restriction on its dissemination, and CIS may freely disclose any information in the Contribution. There are no limits to the Contributor's ability to make the grants, acknowledgments, and agreements herein that are reasonably and personally known to the Contributor. The Contributor has not intentionally included in the Contribution any material that is defamatory or untrue or that is illegal under the laws of the jurisdiction in which the Contributor has his or her principal place of business or residence. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and other proprietary names used in the Contribution that are reasonably and personally known to the Contributor are clearly designated as such where reasonable.

3.7. No Duty to Publish

The Contributor, and each named co-Contributor, acknowledges that CIS has no duty to publish or otherwise use or disseminate any Contribution. CIS reserves the right to withdraw or cease using any Contribution for whatever reason.

4. Restrictions

You are responsible for all of your activity in connection with the Site. Any fraudulent, abusive, or otherwise illegal activity or any use of the Site in violation of this Agreement may be grounds for termination of your access to the Site. You may not post or transmit to or from, or cause to be posted or transmitted to or from, the Site any communication or solicitation designed or intended to obtain password, account, personal or private, or business-related information from any user. Use of the Site to violate the security of any computer network or system, crack passwords or security encryption codes, transfer or store illegal or inappropriate material including that deemed threatening or obscene, or engage in any kind of illegal activity is expressly prohibited. Under no circumstances will you use the Site to (a) send unsolicited e-mails, bulk mail, spam or other materials to users of the Site or any other individual, (b) harass, threaten, stalk or abuse any person or party, including other users of the Site, (c) create a false identity or impersonate another person, (d) knowingly post any false, inaccurate or incomplete material, or (e) post, use or transmit any content that you do not have the right to post, use or transmit, i.e. under any intellectual property, confidentiality, privacy or other applicable law or agreement.

5. Third Party Websites

Users of the Site may gain access from the Site to third party sites on the Internet through hypertext or other computer links. Third party sites are not within the supervision or control of CIS. Unless explicitly otherwise provided, CIS makes no representation or warranty whatsoever about any third party site that is linked to the Site, and CIS does not endorse the products or services offered on any such site. CIS disclaims: (a) all responsibility and liability for content on any third party websites and (b) any representations or warranties as to the security of any information (including, without limitation, credit card and other personal information) you might be requested to give any third party, and you hereby irrevocably waive any claim against CIS with respect to any such sites and third party content.

6. Location of the Site

The Site is offered and maintained by CIS from its facilities in the United States of America. If you are registering for, accessing or using the Site from other jurisdictions, you do so at your sole risk and are responsible for compliance with applicable law. CIS makes no representation that the Site is appropriate or available for use in any location.

7. Changes to the Terms of Use

From time to time, CIS may change, remove from, add to or otherwise modify these Terms of Use, and reserves the right to do so in its sole discretion. We encourage you to periodically review the Terms of Use. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no modification to the Terms of Use will apply to any dispute between you and CIS that arose prior to the effective date of any modification. If you do not agree with any modification to the Terms of Use, you may terminate this agreement by ceasing use of the Site. Your continued use of the Site after new and/or revised Terms are effective will indicate that you have read, understood and agreed to those Terms.

8. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY THE APPLICABLE LAW, CIS OFFERS THE SITE AS-IS AND MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND CONCERNING THE SITE, EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTIBILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NONINFRINGEMENT. CIS DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONS OR CONTENT CONTAINED ON THE SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT ITS SERVERS ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. CIS DOES NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATION REGARDING USE OR THE RESULT OF USE OF THE CONTENT IN TERMS OF ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE.

9. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

IN NO EVENT WILL CIS, ITS EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AFFILIATES OR AGENTS ("THE CIS PARTIES") BE LIABLE TO YOU ON ANY LEGAL THEORY FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, ACTUAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY OR OTHER DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF REVENUE OR INCOME, LOST PROFITS, PAIN AND SUFFERING, EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, COST OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES, OR SIMILAR DAMAGES SUFFERED OR INCURRED BY YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY THAT ARISE IN CONNECTION WITH THE SITE (OR THE TERMINATION OF USE THEREOF FOR ANY REASON), EVEN IF THE CIS PARTIES HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THE CIS PARTIES SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE WHATSOEVER IN ANY MANNER FOR ANY CONTENT POSTED ON THE SITE (INCLUDING CLAIMS OF INFRINGEMENT RELATING TO CONTENT POSTED ON THE SITE), FOR YOUR USE OF THE SITE, OR FOR THE CONDUCT OF THIRD PARTIES ON OR OTHERWISE RELATING TO THE SITE.

10. Indemnification

You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold the CIS Parties harmless from and against any claims, demands, suits, actions, losses, damages or liabilities, and the associated costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys fees) incurred by any of them arising out of or in any way related (directly or indirectly) to your use of the Site or your violation of these Terms of Use.

11. Jurisdiction

You acknowledge and agree that: (1) these Terms of Use will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, without regard for conflicts of law principles; (2) any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to these Terms of Use shall be filed only in the courts located in the State of New York; and (3) you hereby consent and submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action.

12. Access to CIS Security Benchmarks/CIS Security Benchmarks Membership

CIS also provides access to consensus-oriented information security products, services, tools, metrics, suggestions, and recommendations ("SB Products") and offers membership opportunities for additional products and services, subject to separate terms of use specified elsewhere on the CIS website. Registering with and/or using the Site does not grant you CIS Security Benchmarks membership status.