Chapter . Introduction

Purpose and scope

For persons with knowledge of security engineering, but not standards and best practices, this book introduces them to the discipline of international standards and best practices and points to references for further knowledge. It supplies the background needed to meaningfully recognize the topic that a reference might cover and highlights the references which might be of interest.

This book cannot, of course, enumerate the knowledge needed in all possible fields in which secure information systems are essential.


The period of human history in which we are living is often called the information era. An era in which the whole world has begun to communicate using information technology (IT); an era ...

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