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The modern dependence upon information technology and the corresponding information security regulations and requirements force companies to evaluate the security of their core business processes, mission critical data, and supporting IT environment. Combine this with a slowdown in IT spending resulting in justifications of every purchase, and security professionals are forced to scramble to find comprehensive and effective ways to assess their environment in order to discover and prioritize vulnerabilities, and to develop cost-effective solutions that show benefit to the business. A Practical Guide to Security Assessments is a process-focused approach that presents a structured methodology for conducting assessments. The key element of the methodology is an understanding of business goals and processes, and how security measures are aligned with business risks. The guide also emphasizes that resulting security recommendations should be cost-effective and commensurate with the security risk. The methodology described serves as a foundation for building and maintaining an information security program.
In addition to the methodology, the book includes an Appendix that contains questionnaires that can be modified and used to conduct security assessments. This guide is for security professionals who can immediately apply the methodology on the job, and also benefits management who can use the methodology to better understand information security and identify areas for improvement.
INTRODUCTION EVOLUTION OF INFORMATION SECURITY 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 INFORMATION SECURITY PROGRAM AND HOW SECURITY ASSESSMENTS FIT IN What is an Information Security Program How Does a Security Assessment Fit In Why Conduct a Security Assessment Security Assessment Process Executive Summary PLANNING Define Scope Staffing Kickoff Meeting Develop Project Plan Set Client Expectations Executive Summary INITIAL INFORMATION GATHERING 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 BUSINESS PROCESS EVALUATION 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 TECHNOLOGY EVALUATION 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 AND FINAL PRESENTATION 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 INFORMATION SECURITY STANDARDS 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 INFORMATION SECURITY LEGISLATION 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 APPENDIX - SECURITY QUESTIONNAIRES/ CHECKLISTS 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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