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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

Utilizing the OWASP Top 10 Proactive Controls

Let me briefly cover each of the OWASP Top 10 Proactive controls for improving the security of software. Each control has its own section.

Define security requirements

As we've previously discussed, the ability to articulate and document the requirements expected to be fulfilled by a software solution is highly beneficial to the organization for various reasons, including cost-savings and useability improvements, but another business requirement that must be fulfilled by either software development work or purchased/open source software are those requirements surrounding information security.

Creating standard security requirements based on best practices and industry knowledge helps developers and procurement staff reuse the knowledge they gain from previous iterations, so it's highly recommended to define the requirements in a way that will be uniform and stand the test of time.

Inside the OWASP Top 10 Proactive...