Chapter 19

Managing Security Processes


check Automating tasks

check Watching for misbehavior

check Outsourcing your security testing

check Keeping security on everyone’s mind

Information security is an ongoing process that you must manage effectively over time to be successful. This management goes beyond periodically applying patches and hardening systems. Performing your security tests repeatedly is critical; security vulnerabilities emerge continually. To put it another way, security tests are a snapshot of your overall information security, so you have to perform your tests continually to keep up with the latest issues. Ongoing diligence is required not only for compliance with various laws and regulations, but also for minimizing business risks related to your information systems.

Automating the Security Assessment Process

You can run a large portion of the following security tests in this book automatically:

  • Ping sweeps and port scans to show what systems are available and what’s running (a big oversight that’s often the beginning of larger security problems).
  • Password ...

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