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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

Implementing and utilizing detective controls

As is the nature of IT, we have a constantly mutating landscape of technologies, threats, and techniques to be able to identify and protect against, including ransomware, DDoS, and infiltration attacks. We need to know what is happening in our estate and implement automated controls for notification in the event of an attack, as well as the active prevention of those threats from being exploited.

In order to achieve this level of visibility, we need a set of processes and structures surrounding security monitoring and security investigations, and we need to test those processes with staff members and third parties that are responsible for protecting our estate.

Ultimately, senior management is responsible for allocating the appropriate resources toward an internal Security Operations Center (SOC) or a SOC as a service from a third party, as well as having an incident response team ready to be engaged. Once senior management has...