Mission-Critical Security Planner: When Hackers Won't Take No for an Answer Paperback – Jan 20 2003
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“…This book is unique in its approach…and in conveying the overall strategy to the reader…” (Managing Risk, Summer 2003)
From the Back Cover
All the worksheets and templates you need to create a complete customized security plan that works for your business
Let's face it: Security is a business problem, not just a technical challenge. Whether hackers simply want to test their skills or steal your data, they can-and will-do incalculable damage to your company. You need a solid plan. The good news is that Eric Greenberg has done most of the planning work for you.
This isn't just an "I told you so" book. You get hands-on involvement from the start. You'll see your own customized security plan template begin to take shape as you complete the accompanying worksheets. Choose any one of the security plans outlined in this book, and you will be able to protect your data and deter hackers. And by implementing the proven strategies Greenberg details, you can secure your company's competitive edge for the long term.
Backed up by solid business planning methods collected from years of experience, Greenberg:
* Steps you through a complete customized security improvement plan
* Provides worksheets at every stage that you can use to create a comprehensive and meaningful security plan
* Introduces practical risk management techniques to intelligently assess and manage the network security risks and costs facing your organization
The book's companion Web site contains the security planning template and all the worksheets in downloadable Microsoft Word format as well as additional resources to ensure that you have exactly what you need to protect your company.
Top Customer Reviews
- The book provides a coherent and focused approach to developing and implementing a security plan. You can find numerous books on writing and implementing policies and procedures, or establishing a security posture, but this is the first book I've read that steps you through the process of conceiving, implementing and keeping alive a viable security plan.
- By separating the process into three distinct domains (referred to as 'stacks') you ensure that your plan encompasses and integrates the technology, process and business elements into a coherent strategy.
- Artifacts in the form of a complete set of worksheets provide a set of tools that give a framework and speed up the planning process.
The planning approach set forth in the book is straightforward and realistic - you're led through the preliminaries, which includes conceiving a plan that matches your needs, and selling the plan to sponsors (an often overlooked, but essential activity when fighting for budget). The next step is to perform an impact analysis, and this is where the book shines, because the author focuses on business issues instead of technology. This promotes awareness and goes a long way towards getting buy-in and funding, as well as laying a solid foundation for a long-term security plan. Next the author shows how to select the correct security model and avoid common pitfalls. These lead to building organizational consensus - buy-in from all stakeholders.Read more ›
With that, Mission-Critical Security Planner is a surprisingly good book, aimed at someone looking to start developing their information security infrastructure. Rather than having to reinvent the wheel, the book provides planners with the framework and tools they need to create their information security infrastructure.
One good feature of the book it is large collection of templates and worksheets on various security elements. .../
The book is not overly technical and is quite good for those who need to get their security group up and running in a short timeframe.
For those that are serious about security, they will find that Mission-Critical Security Planner is like a cookbook. They can use it to prepare their security as needed.
Overall, Mission-Critical Security Planner is a very readable and useful book. Those who have an imperative to get their security groups up and running will find huge value in the book immediately.
This visionary book proves the opposite: you can have a high-level security book, which is not just practical, but actionable. "Mission Critical Security Planner" delivers a portion of the security process, packed into one toolkit. Make no mistake - this book is about planning how to do security, not how to tweak your scanner or configure a firewall. However, planning is indeed a critical (and, as the author points out, often missing) piece of security conundrum, and the book delivers on that.
An awesome component of the book is a large collection of templates and worksheets on "selling" security measures, planning the implementations, organizing security team, dealing with various business people and many other occasions. The book has the printed versions while its companion website criticalsecurity.com has the download.
The main part of the book is organized around "security fundamentals", large domains of security (such as authentication, encryption, integrity, privacy, etc), which are used to structure the security planning process, described by the author.Read more ›
I read the book twice: once to get an idea of what all the worksheets were about and once to really read them with all the technical and practical details provided by Greenberg.
Greenberg identifies 28 security elements, including 15 fundamental elements, (six of which are core elements), and 13 wrap-up elements. Core elements include things like authorization and access control, authentication, encryption, integrity, nonrepudiation, and privacy. Those may seem obvious, but Greenberg has a lot of useful things to say about them that others haven't said.
Perhaps the most valuable part of the book is all the other elements, which we tend to forget, including addressing and routing (with tips on how to get those right from a security point of view), configuration management, directory services, time services, staff management, legal issues, and so on.
I'd be interested to see some projects get implemented with Greenberg's methods. I think it should work quite well, although due to entropy, laziness, over-worked engineers, and other such factors, I would guess that some of the numerous worksheets will fall by the wayside. But I think Greenberg would be OK with that as long as most of the worksheets are maintained and the company adopts security as a way of thinking.
In summary, this book is definitely worth reading, probably numerous times!
Most recent customer reviews
Greenberg advocates an actionable, meaningful security approach that doesn't get hung up on methodology or reliance on abstract standards, like DoD and other common standards. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2003
This book provides an easily-adaptable methodology for the development and implementation of a comprehensive security plan, while avoiding the pitfalls that doom most of these... Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2003 by Chris Haggstrom
What's mission critical at my company isn't somewhere else, but I had no idea how to figure that out, let alone write up the proposal for my boss until I came across Eric... Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2003
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