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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 6: Designing and Managing Security Testing Processes

Now that you have a good understanding of the controls that can be put into place so that you have a functioning security strategy in your organization, my guess is that you've implemented several of them, and now, you're free to just chill out, browse LinkedIn, and watch Netflix on your work computer for the next few years until your retirement. Congratulations! You've earned the gold watch.

Oh, you just got pwned. Whoops. How did that happen? Well, there was a huge gap that you didn't consider in your design, and you didn't have anybody else sanity check the architecture, nor did you have any internal or external team perform a penetration test on your environment. You want a second pair of eyes, and often, you'll want that second pair of eyes to be a technical wizard – one with no ties to your organization, who isn't concerned about offending their colleagues or bosses with...