Building a Practical Information Security Program

Building a Practical Information Security Program

1st Edition - October 3, 2016

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  • Authors: Jason Andress, Mark Leary
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128020883
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128020425

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Building a Practical Information Security Program provides users with a strategic view on how to build an information security program that aligns with business objectives. The information provided enables both executive management and IT managers not only to validate existing security programs, but also to build new business-driven security programs. In addition, the subject matter supports aspiring security engineers to forge a career path to successfully manage a security program, thereby adding value and reducing risk to the business. Readers learn how to translate technical challenges into business requirements, understand when to "go big or go home," explore in-depth defense strategies, and review tactics on when to absorb risks. This book explains how to properly plan and implement an infosec program based on business strategy and results.

Key Features

  • Provides a roadmap on how to build a security program that will protect companies from intrusion
  • Shows how to focus the security program on its essential mission and move past FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) to provide business value
  • Teaches how to build consensus with an effective business-focused program


IT security professionals (security auditors, security engineers, compliance specialists, etc.); IT professionals (network administrators, IT managers, security managers, security analysts, directors of security, etc.)

Table of Contents

  • Why We Need Security Programs

    Develop a Security Strategy

    Integrate Security into the Organization

    Establish a Security Organization

    Develop a Security Policy

    Manage the Risks

    Protect the Data

    Manage the Security of Third Parties and Vendors

    Conduct Security Awareness and Training

    Develop Metrics to Measure Program Effectiveness


Product details

  • No. of pages: 202
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Syngress 2016
  • Published: October 3, 2016
  • Imprint: Syngress
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128020883
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128020425

About the Authors

Jason Andress

Jason Andress (CISSP, ISSAP, CISM, GPEN) is a seasoned security professional with a depth of experience in both the academic and business worlds. Presently he carries out information security oversight duties, performing penetration testing, risk assessment, and compliance functions to ensure that critical assets are protected. Jason has taught undergraduate and graduate security courses since 2005 and holds a doctorate in computer science, researching in the area of data protection. He has authored several publications and books, writing on topics including data security, network security, penetration testing, and digital forensics.

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Mark Leary

Mark Leary possesses over 30 years of experience in security management and technical intelligence holding several positions of responsibility in IT security management for government agencies and commercial firms. Mark currently performs as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Xerox Corporation, the world’s leading global enterprise for business process and document management with sales approaching $23 billion. Marks holds a Doctorate in Management, MBA with a concentration in Project Management, Dual Masters in Security and IT Management, and holds several professional certifications (CISSP, CISM, CGIET, and PMP). He also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Maryland and Industry Advisor to the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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  • Andrew T. Mon May 14 2018

    Bfuilding a Practical Information Security Program

    This book is a must read for anyone in the field of information security. This is a great book for any business operations managers or project mangers that frequently work within the realm of InfoSec. It provides much needed insight into the structure and reasoning of an Infosec group. Good overview and I would highly recommend it.