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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

Controlling physical access to assets

When we're looking at access control in information security, sometimes we neglect the physical aspect in favor of the digital one. Physical access to hard drives, machines, folders, or printed documents has the potential to be highly valuable to a malicious actor and should be controlled. In this section, I will briefly discuss various concepts of physical security to consider.

Physical access control

If we're looking at restricting access or entrance to a building or room and only allowing authorized individuals to enter the restricted area, we might look at a few solutions:

  • Human access control, such as guards, receptionists, or ticket-checkers.
  • Mechanical access control, such as locks and keys.
  • Technological access control, such as mantraps, turnstiles, fingerprint or retina scanners, fob-based access control, or exit barriers.
  • Fences or perimeter barriers may prevent individuals from being able to avoid...