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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

Disposing of assets

We have several different physical and digital information assets in our control at our organization, all of which are likely to reach the end of their life cycle eventually.

How do we go about ensuring the secure disposal of those assets? It's likely we're not able to just throw sensitive financial documents or the CEO's laptop into the trash, making those information assets unprotected, waiting for a dumpster-diving malicious actor.

ISO 27001 mentions two controls on the topic of information disposal:

  • "Media shall be disposed of securely when no longer required, using formal procedures." (A.8.3.2).
  • "All items of equipment containing storage media shall be verified to ensure that any sensitive data and licensed software has been removed or securely overwritten prior to disposal or re-use." (A.11.2.7).

As a result, in order to comply with the standard, you should define your organization's requirements...