A Practical Guide to Security Assessments / Edition 1

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This book is a detailed methodology of performing a security assessment. The book emphasizes the approach of first understanding the business and then the technology that supports it. It focuses on fundamental process areas of security and provides a methodology for security practitioners to uncover security weaknesses in other existing business processes. With the emphasis on the business driving security, this book presents a standard methodology for performing a security assessment as well as the reasons for doing it that way. It also provides checklists for process-oriented areas of information security to provide detailed guidance that can be used in performing a security assessment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849317064
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents


Distributed Systems
Business-to-Business (B2B) Relationships
Remote Access
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
Information Security Today
Why Protect Information Assets
Growing Role of Internal Audit
Security Standards
Organizational Impacts
Security Certifications
Trends in Information Security

What is an Information Security Program
How Does a Security Assessment Fit In
Why Conduct a Security Assessment
Security Assessment Process
Executive Summary

Define Scope
Kickoff Meeting
Develop Project Plan
Set Client Expectations
Executive Summary

Gather Publicly Available Information
Gather Information from the Client
Analyze Gathered Information
Prepare Initial Question Sets
Develop and Document Template for Final Report
Executive Summary

General Review of Company and Key Business Processes
Finalize Question Sets for Process Reviews
Meet with Business Process Owners
Analyze Information Collected and Document Findings
Status Meeting with Client
Potential Concerns During This Phase
Executive Summary
General Review of Technology and Related Documentation
Develop Question Sets for Technology Reviews
Meet with Technology Owners and Conduct Detail Testing
Analyze Information Collected and Document Findings
Status Meeting with Client
Potential Concerns During this Phase
Executive Summary

Risk Analysis
Risk Score Calculation
Document Risks and Develop Recommendations for Draft Report
Discuss Draft Report with Client
Present Final Report to Management
Potential Concerns During this Phase
Executive Summary

International Standards Organization 17799 (ISO 17799)
Common Criteria (CC)
COBIT (Control Objectives for Information (Related) Technology)
ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) Security Management
SAS (Statement on Auditing Standards) 70
AICPA SysTrust
AICPA WebTrust
RFC 2196 - Site Security Handbook
SANS (SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security) / FBI Top 20 List
Vendor Best Practices

Relevance to Security Assessments
HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
GLB Act (Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act)
Sarbanes - Oxley Act
21 CFR Part 11
Safe Harbor
Federal Information Security Management Act
Other Legislative Action

Questionnaire Structure
Preliminary Checklist to Gather Information
Generic Questionnaire for Business Process Owners
Data Classification
Data Retention
Backup and Recovery
Externally Hosted Services
Physical Security
Employee Termination
Incident Handling
Business to Business (B2B)
Business to Consumer (B2C)
Change Management
User ID Administration
Managed Security
Media Handling
HIPAA Security

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