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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


In this chapter, we covered an incredibly vast amount of information, and I must reiterate like a broken record that each and every one of these key terms in this chapter could have an entire book (or series) devoted to a deep dive into them. The purpose of this book is more focused on reacquainting you with the key points, helping you look at each of these in the right way, and applying high-level principles to your knowledge to increase your effectiveness at your organization.

From assets and their vulnerabilities, to threat actors and their motivations, to the methodologies that those threat actors use to exploit the vulnerabilities in our assets, we leapt across several major issues in information security, both from strategic and operational standpoints, in order to properly understand the landscape.

By understanding the landscape, we moved into applying our risk management principles and knowledge surrounding the impact and likelihood of a threat exploiting a vulnerability...