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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


Holy cannoli! We managed to cover so much in this chapter; it's really worth patting yourself on the back.

We reviewed many of the various access control models and concepts, including classics such as Bell-LaPadula and Biba. Then, after those concepts were established, we looked at real-world examples, including RBAC and DAC models, and what those actually mean.

We then proceeded on to the topic of how we might select and implement authentication and authorization mechanisms for people, devices, and services. We covered the difference between authentication and authorization, and how they work together to provide access control for security and privacy purposes. We covered passwords, smart cards, and biometrics, as well as some of the most-used protocols for authentication.

Then we dove into what IAM is, and how you might utilize identity services at your organization to scale up and ensure your IT team isn't overwhelmed with menial access management...