Security Controls Evaluation, Testing, and Assessment Handbook - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780128184271

Security Controls Evaluation, Testing, and Assessment Handbook

2nd Edition

Authors: Leighton Johnson
Paperback ISBN: 9780128184271
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 2nd September 2019
Page Count: 650
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Security Controls Evaluation, Testing, and Assessment Handbook provides a current and well-developed approach to evaluation and testing of security controls to prove they are functioning correctly in today's IT systems. This handbook shows you how to evaluate, examine, and test installed security controls in the world of threats and potential breach actions surrounding all industries and systems. If a system is subject to external or internal threats and vulnerabilities - which most are - then this book will provide a useful handbook for how to evaluate the effectiveness of the security controls that are in place.

Security Controls Evaluation, Testing, and Assessment Handbook shows you what your security controls are doing and how they are standing up to various inside and outside threats. This handbook provides guidance and techniques for evaluating and testing various computer security controls in IT systems.

Author Leighton Johnson shows you how to take FISMA, NIST Guidance, and DOD actions and provide a detailed, hands-on guide to performing assessment events for information security professionals who work with US federal agencies. As of March 2014, all agencies are following the same guidelines under the NIST-based Risk Management Framework. This handbook uses the DOD Knowledge Service and the NIST Families assessment guides as the basis for needs assessment, requirements, and evaluation efforts for all security controls. Each of the controls can and should be evaluated in its own unique way, through testing, examination, and key personnel interviews.

Key Features

  • Provides direction on how to use SP800-53A, SP800-115, DOD Knowledge Service, and the NIST Families assessment guides to implement thorough evaluation efforts for the security controls in your organization
  • Shows reader how to implement proper evaluation, testing, and assessment procedures and methodologies with step-by-step walkthroughs of all key concepts
  • Presents assessment techniques for each type of control, provides evidence of assessment, and proper reporting techniques


Digital forensic professionals and analysts, information security professionals, researchers, and practitioners.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Assessments
2. Risk and Security
3. Statutory & Regulatory GRC
4. Federal RMF Requirements
5. Risk Management Framework – SP 800-37, rev.1
6. Roles and Responsibilities
7. Assessment Process
8. Assessment Methods
9. Assessment Techniques for each kind of control
10. System and Network Assessments
11. Security Components Fundamentals
12. Cybersecurity Controls
13. CUI Controls
14. Evidence of Assessment
15. Reporting
16. Conclusion

A. Templates for RMF documents and artifacts commonly required or requested
B. Templates for RMF Policies and Procedures by Control Family
C. Assessment and Testing Tools


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About the Author

Leighton Johnson

Leighton Johnson, the CTO of ISFMT (Information Security Forensics Management Team), a provider of cybersecurity & forensics consulting and certification training, has presented computer security, cyber security and forensics lectures, conference presentations, training events and seminars all across the United States, Asia and Europe. He has over 40 years’ experience in Computer Security, Cyber Security, Software Development and Communications Equipment Operations & Maintenance; Primary focus areas include computer security, information operations & assurance, incident response & forensics investigations, software system development life cycle focused on testing of systems, systems engineering and integration activities, database administration and cyber defense activities.

Affiliations and Expertise

CTO and Senior Security Engineer for Information Security and Forensics Management Team (ISFMT)

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