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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

Assessing software security

Moving forward, I would like to discuss the methods we might utilize in order to assess the security of software. In previous chapters, we've looked into the importance of regular testing of software and systems, including penetration testing and vulnerability scanning, and the remediation of any of the findings. I've encouraged the implementation of configuration management systems that can help keep your organization's assets up to date, and monitoring solutions to uncover performance issues, misuse, errors, or malicious activity. I've also talked about resilience and redundancy, and how expensive it might be for each hour that your organization loses access to one of their systems.

Now, with that all said, if we're going to go deeper, I think it's relevant to split this topic into two sections because the methodologies and approaches are different depending on who has ownership of the software, taking into consideration...