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Infosec Strategies and Best Practices

By : Joseph MacMillan
Book Image

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

Investigating events and responding to incidents

I think you'd all agree when I say "by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail" in terms of incident response and investigations. Without adequate response plans, playbooks, and documentation, we're destined to be scrambling without any proper direction when we face a breach, outage, or some other information security event.

We can have incredible software solutions to help identify malicious and risky activity inside our estate, but it's all pointless without an adequate plan for what to respond to and how to respond.

We should begin the process of defining our incident response plan by defining what constitutes the initiation for a response. What types of information security events will lead to a member of your organization investigating or responding?

Not all information security incidents are information security breaches, but all information security breaches are information security incidents...