"This is a really good book ... it spells out the motherhood and apple pie of information security in a highly readable way."
—Warwick Ford, CTO, VeriSign, Inc.
"An excellent security read! Breaks down a complex concept into a simple and easy-to-understand concept."
—Vivek Shivananda, President
Redefine your organization's information security
Learn to think and act like a top security guru!
Understand the founding principles of security itself and make better decisions
Make your security solutions more effective, easily manageable, and less costly!
Make smarter, more informed security decisions for your companyOrganizations today commit ever-increasing resources to information security, but are scarcely more secure than they were four or five years ago! By treating information security like an ordinary technological practice—that is, by throwing money, a handful of the latest technologies, and a lineup of gurus at the problem—they invariably wind up with expensive, but deeply flawed, solutions. The only way out of this trap is to change one's way of thinking about security: to grasp the reasoning, philosophy, and logic that underlie all successful security efforts.
In Inside the Security Mind: Making the Tough Decisions, security expert Kevin Day teaches you how to approach information security the way the top gurus do—as an art, rather than a collection of technologies. By applying this discipline, your solutions will be more secure and less burdensome in time, expense, and effort. The first part of the book explains the practice of breaking security decisions down into a set of simple rules. These rules may then be applied to make solid security decisions in almost any environment. In the second part, Day uses a series of practical examples to illustrate exactly how the discipline works in practice. Additional material covers:
Designing an enterprise security plan, including perimeter/firewall and Internal defenses, application, system, and hardware security
Ongoing security measures—recurring audits, vulnerability maintenance, logging and monitoring, and incident response, plus risk assessment
Choosing between open source and proprietary solutions; and wired, wireless, and virtual private networks
This book is essential reading for anyone working to keep information secure. Technical and non-technical IT professionals alike can apply Day's concepts and strategies to become security gurus, while seasoned practitioners will benefit from the unique and effective presentation of the essential security practices.
Table of Contents
- About Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
- A New Look at Information Security
- The Four Virtues of Security
- The Eight Rules of Security (Components of All Security Decisions)
- Developing a Higher Security Mind
- Making Security Decisions
- Know Thy Enemy and Know Thyself
Practical Security Assessments
- The Importance of a Security Audit
- Understanding Risks and Threats
- The Traditional Security Assessment Model
- The Relational Security Assessment Model
- Relational Security Assessment Model: Risks
- Relational Security Assessment Model: Controls
- Relational Security Assessment Model: Tactical Audit PROCESS
- Analytical Audit Measures
- Additional Audit Considerations
- The Security Staff
- Modern Considerations
- The Rules in Practice
- Going Forward
- Tips on Keeping Up-to-Date
- Ideas for Training
- Additional Recommended Audit Practices
- Recommended Reading
- The Hidden Statistics of Information Security
- Title: Inside the Security Mind: Making the Tough Decisions
- Release date: February 2003
- Publisher(s): Prentice Hall
- ISBN: 0131118293