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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

Best practices in assessing and mitigating vulnerabilities

For some of the vulnerability concepts we've gone through earlier in this chapter, I've included ways to mitigate against those vulnerabilities. None of those mitigations takes into consideration your own organization, its threats, the value of the assets, or the likelihood of exploitation. I've just essentially listed off ways you might have seen other organizations mitigate against those risks, and potentially a few good ideas came to you that way.

In this section, I would like to continue in that fashion, but I first want to stress how important it is to apply the necessary amount of mitigations in order to reduce down to an acceptable level. That's the name of the game here! Save yourself the money and headaches involved with making a system completely risk-proof when it doesn't face any threats or isn't valuable to you or a threat actor.

With that said, I can get back into how we can...