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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


This chapter has gone over the major topics that heavily influence decisions made by information security professionals: risk management and governance structures. When I introduced this, I said that it probably didn't sound like a barnburner, full of thrills and excitement, but I'm sure now that you're reading this summary, your view on the matter has changed slightly. I would say that with a bit of practice in mastering the basics found in this chapter, my promise to you that you will be a highly effective, well-oiled risk management machine in no time will come true.

In the next chapter, we'll be looking at protecting the security of assets, which is now a much more achievable task. You have an understanding of various core concepts, and we're going to proceed toward leveraging everything we have covered in this first chapter to create a more mature ISMS, as well as develop your skills further by focusing on effective processes to ensure you can identify and protect your organization's assets throughout their life cycle, avoiding some common pitfalls that information security professionals often run into.

Let's do this!