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The Business Case for Network Security: Advocacy, Governance, and ROI
     

The Business Case for Network Security: Advocacy, Governance, and ROI

by Catherine Paquet, Warren Saxe
 

Understand the total cost of ownership and return on investment for network security solutions

  • Understand what motivates hackers and how to classify threats
  • Learn how to recognize common vulnerabilities and common types of attacks
  • Examine modern day security systems, devices, and mitigation techniques
  • Integrate policies and personnel with

Overview

Understand the total cost of ownership and return on investment for network security solutions

  • Understand what motivates hackers and how to classify threats
  • Learn how to recognize common vulnerabilities and common types of attacks
  • Examine modern day security systems, devices, and mitigation techniques
  • Integrate policies and personnel with security equipment to effectively lessen security risks
  • Analyze the greater implications of security breaches facing corporations and executives today
  • Understand the governance aspects of network security to help implement a climate of change throughout your organization
  • Learn how to qualify your organization’s aversion to risk
  • Quantify the hard costs of attacks versus the cost of security technology investment to determine ROI
  • Learn the essential elements of security policy development and how to continually assess security needs and vulnerabilities

The Business Case for Network Security: Advocacy, Governance, and ROI addresses the needs of networking professionals and business executives who seek to assess their organization’s risks and objectively quantify both costs and cost savings related to network security technology investments. This book covers the latest topics in network attacks and security. It includes a detailed security-minded examination of return on investment (ROI) and associated financial methodologies that yield both objective and subjective data. The book also introduces and explores the concept of return on prevention (ROP) and discusses the greater implications currently facing corporations, including governance and the fundamental importance of security, for senior executives and the board.

Making technical issues accessible, this book presents an overview of security technologies that uses a holistic and objective model to quantify issues such as ROI, total cost of ownership (TCO), and risk tolerance. This book explores capital expenditures and fixed and variable costs, such as maintenance and upgrades, to determine a realistic TCO figure, which in turn is used as the foundation in calculating ROI. The importance of security policies addressing such issues as Internet usage, remote-access usage, and incident reporting is also discussed, acknowledging that the most comprehensive security equipment will not protect an organization if it is poorly configured, implemented, or used. Quick reference sheets and worksheets, included in the appendixes, provide technology reviews and allow financial modeling exercises to be performed easily.

An essential IT security-investing tool written from a business management perspective, The Business Case for Network Security: Advocacy, Governance, and ROI helps you determine the effective ROP for your business.

This volume is in the Network Business Series offered by Cisco Press®. Books in this series provide IT executives, decision makers, and networking professionals with pertinent information about today’s most important technologies and business strategies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587201219
Publisher:
Cisco Press
Publication date:
12/23/2004
Series:
Network Business Series
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.95(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.92(d)

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Meet the Author

Catherine Paquet is a freelancer in the field of internetworking and return on security investment. Catherine has in-depth knowledge of security systems, remote access, and routing technology. She is a Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP™) and a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP®). Her internetworking career started as a LAN manager; she then moved to MAN manager and eventually became the nationwide WAN manager. Catherine was also a certified Cisco Systems instructor with the largest Cisco® training partner, serving as the course director/ master instructor for security and remote access courses. Most recently she held the position of director of technical resources for Canada, where she was responsible for instructor corps and equipment offerings, including Cisco courses. In 2002 and 2003, Catherine volunteered with the UN mission in Kabul, Afghanistan, to train Afghan public servants in the area of networking. Catherine has an MBA with a major in management information systems (MIS).

Catherine coauthored the Cisco Press books Building Scalable Cisco Networks, CCNP Self-Study: Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks (BSCI), and CCNP Self-Study: Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks (BSCI), Second Edition, and she edited Building Cisco Remote Access Networks.

Warren Saxe has an extensive background in profit and loss (P&L) management as general manager for a Fortune 1000 semiconductor distributor. As a top- and bottom-line-focused senior manager, he brings a unique perspective to this business decision maker—oriented book. He applies an overriding business strategy to drive IT decisions by utilizing a value-driven approach. He has extensive background in sales management, marketing management, and demand creation fundamentals. He directed a large multidisciplinary team composed of managers, engineers, sales, and marketing professionals. He was responsible for strategic and tactical planning, and he negotiated directly with CxO-level executives, both internally and with customers across many industries. He is currently focusing in the areas of security governance, risk management, and return on security investment planning. He earned his degree at McGill University.

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