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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

Chapter 3: Designing Secure Information Systems

In the previous chapter, we talked about how to protect assets with controls that have been applied based on risk, but there is so much more that can be done. What more can be done?, you ask, bursting from sheer excitement. Well…, I reply, and softly smile to myself: What if we just designed the systems with security in mind from the beginning? Your face lights up, and the stars create tracers as the world whirls around us.

No—but seriously, we should be designing our systems with security in mind from the beginning. That's what this chapter is about. By the way, I don't mean design the same way a man (who is still standing on a Segway scooter inside the elevator of your building with you) says that he designed it himself, his sunglasses still on even though you're indoors, thinking he's extremely cool. Yes, it's happened to me. I mean it in a way where we plan and threat-model the implementation...