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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 5: Controlling Access and Managing Identity

Well, well, well… look who we have here. It's you! Not to mention the thirst for knowledge about controlling access and managing identity that you brought along. That's so great, and quite a coincidence, as this chapter actually covers those topics.

Identity and Access Management, or IAM, helps with understanding both the people and the automated services that are doing all of the CRUD (short for Creating, Reading, Updating, and Deleting) in your estate. That sounds important because it is important. How else can you ensure an entity is actually the approved user they claim to be?

Also, based on previous chapters, we have described certain levels of permission based on various aspects of privacy and confidentiality, but how is it that we can enforce those rules in an automated way in our digital environment? How do you walk the tightrope of the right amount of access? Too much access for your users and you...