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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

Identity and access management (IAM) 

When we're looking into how we can possibly manage all of the authentication and authorization principles that we've gone into so far in this chapter, we can simplify the process by leveraging what are known as IAM tools. These tools help organizations give the right access to the right resources at the right time and generally help with maintenance by giving each user a single identity that is then maintained and monitored throughout their time at the organization. This could include employees, customers, or third parties. If a user changes roles or leaves, that is reflected in their access through the IAM.

A centrally managed identity repository system for managing identity and regulating access leads to greater agility, better security, and higher levels of productivity, but requires technically experienced people to manage their administration. Furthermore, policies and procedures surrounding the regular administration and...