There is a growing concern among all corporations and within the security industry to come up with new approaches to measure an organization's information security risks and posture. Information Assurance explains and defines the theories and processes that will help a company protect its proprietary information including:
* The need to assess the current level of risk.
* The need to determine what can impact the risk.
* The need to determine how risk can be reduced.
The authors lay out a detailed strategy for defining information security, establishing IA goals, providing training for security awareness, and conducting airtight incident response to system compromise. Such topics as defense in depth, configuration management, IA legal issues, and the importance of establishing an IT baseline are covered in-depth from an organizational and managerial decision-making perspective.
- Experience-based theory provided in a logical and comprehensive manner.
- Management focused coverage includes establishing an IT security posture, implementing organizational awareness and training, and understanding the dynamics of new technologies.
- Numerous real-world examples provide a baseline for assessment and comparison.
The Organizational IA Program: The Practical and Conceptual Foundation
Ch. 1 IA and the Organization: The Challenges
Ch. 2 Basic Security Concepts, Principles, and Strategy
Defining the Organization's Current IA Posture
Ch. 3 Determining the Organization's IA Baseline
Ch. 4 Determining IT Security Priorities
Ch. 5 The Organization's IA Posture
Establishing and Managing an IA Defense In Depth Strategy within an Organization
Ch. 6 Layer 1: IA Policies
Ch. 7 Layer 2: IA Management
Ch. 8 Layer 3: IA Architecture
Ch. 9 Layer 4: Operational Security Administration;
Ch. 10 Layer 5: Configuration Management
Ch. 11 Layer 6: Life-Cycle Security
Ch. 12 Layer 7: Contingency Planning
Ch. 13 Layer 8: IA Education, Training, and Awareness
Ch. 14 Layer 9: IA Policy Compliance Oversight
Ch. 15 Layer 10: IA Incident Response
Ch. 16 Layer 11: IA Reporting
Joseph G. Boyce, CISA, is a Senior Information Assurance (IA) Manager within the Department of Defense (DoD). He has over 25 years of experience as an IA INFOSEC professional with particular expertise in developing and managing large-scale organizational IA programs to ensure the protection of highly critical and sensitive information. Mr. Boyce attended the Advanced Management Program of the U.S. National Defense University's Information Resources Management College and holds an M.S. degree in Information Systems from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and an M.P.A. degree from Harvard University.
Dan W. Jennings has over 20 years of IT experience within the U.S. Department of Defense and has held security management positions within the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) for the past 10 years. He is well known and respected as the USEUCOM theater's Department of Defense Intelligence Information System (DoDIIS) security representative at the national level. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland.