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Information Protection Playbook

The primary goal of the Information Protection Playbook is to serve as a comprehensive resource for information protection (IP) professionals who must provide adequate information security at a reasonable cost. It emphasizes a holistic view of IP: one that protects the applications, systems, and networks that deliver business information from failures of confidentiality, integrity, availability, trust and accountability, and privacy.

Using the guidelines provided in the Information Protection Playbook, security and information technology (IT) managers will learn how to implement the five functions of an IP framework: governance, program planning, risk management, incident response management, and program administration. These functions are based on a model promoted by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) and validated by thousands of Certified Information Security Managers. The five functions are further broken down into a series of objectives or milestones to be achieved in order to implement an IP framework.

The extensive appendices included at the end of the book make for an excellent resource for the security or IT manager building an IP program from the ground up. They include, for example, a board of directors presentation complete with sample slides; an IP policy document checklist; a risk prioritization procedure matrix, which illustrates how to classify a threat based on a scale of high, medium, and low; a facility management self-assessment questionnaire; and a list of representative job descriptions for roles in IP.

The Information Protection Playbook is a part of Elsevier’s Security Executive Council Risk Management Portfolio, a collection of real world solutions and "how-to" guidelines that equip executives, practitioners, and educators with proven information for successful security and risk management programs.


Mid- to upper-level security and information technology managers; security and information technology practitioners; students enrolled in two- and four-year college programs for security or computer science

Paperback, 128 Pages

Published: September 2013

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-12-417232-6


  • Information Protection Function 1: Governance

    Information Protection Function 2: Program Planning

    Information Protection Function 3: Risk Management

    Information Protection Function 4: Incident Response Management

    Information Protection Function 5: Program Administration

    Appendix A: Playbook Summary

    Appendix B: Board of Directors Presentation

    Appendix C: Information Protection Policies Checklist

    Appendix D: An Example Roles and Responsibilities RACI Matrix

    Appendix E: Risk Prioritization Procedure Matrix

    Appendix F: Security Awareness and Training Menu

    Appendix G: Risk Assessment and Compliance Checklist

    Appendix H: Incident Response

    Appendix I: Facility Management Self-Assessment

    Appendix J: Roles in Information Protection

    Appendix K: Measurement in Information Protection

    Additional Resources


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