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Infosec Strategies and Best Practices

By : Joseph MacMillan
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Infosec Strategies and Best Practices

By: Joseph MacMillan

Overview of this book

Information security and risk management best practices enable professionals to plan, implement, measure, and test their organization's systems and ensure that they're adequately protected against threats. The book starts by helping you to understand the core principles of information security, why risk management is important, and how you can drive information security governance. You'll then explore methods for implementing security controls to achieve the organization's information security goals. As you make progress, you'll get to grips with design principles that can be utilized along with methods to assess and mitigate architectural vulnerabilities. The book will also help you to discover best practices for designing secure network architectures and controlling and managing third-party identity services. Finally, you will learn about designing and managing security testing processes, along with ways in which you can improve software security. By the end of this infosec book, you'll have learned how to make your organization less vulnerable to threats and reduce the likelihood and impact of exploitation. As a result, you will be able to make an impactful change in your organization toward a higher level of information security.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)
Section 1: Information Security Risk Management and Governance
Section 2: Closing the Gap: How to Protect the Organization
Section 3: Operationalizing Information Security

Focusing on availability, disaster recovery, and business continuity

We need to be honest when we talk about information security; it's not always about defending against malicious hackers trying to grab our organization's precious intellectual property. In reality, many occasions you will face in your career will be surrounding an outage due to a power cut or a simple software update gone wrong, taking down a production system.

Just because these threats aren't adversarial, does not imply that they're any less real. The opposite may be true, in fact: we might face outages from non-adversarial events more often than we face malicious actors. Therefore, we need to ensure that we have effective change control policies in place and follow them, and we need to define and rehearse disaster recovery and business continuity processes in order to ensure maximum uptime.

Defining, implementing, and testing disaster recovery processes

Disaster recovery is all about...