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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 an ISMS

Implementing an ISMS requires structure, planning, decisiveness, and collaboration. There exists an extremely important question of "Who is responsible for what?", which should be asked and documented. I'd like to briefly touch on the role of top management, and how we might translate our findings into effective communications about risk to the appropriate audience. Improving on this should allow you to act with authority in your mitigation strategies moving forward.

Once business goals are translated into IT goals, and the appropriate level of buy-in is attained, we can move onto the actual development of the policies, which will act as the information security "rules" for your organization. This is absolutely crucial in being able to systematically define "baselines" for security, organize assets, reduce risk, and communicate the information security requirements to members of your organization.

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