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|McAfee experts launch book to help security-obligated executives
McAfee announced the launch of Security Battleground: An Executive Field Manual, a book based on the authors’ security experience with large global corporations. Michael Fey, Brian Kenyon, Kevin Reardon, Bradon Rogers and Charles Ross have identified a group of individuals who is increasingly finding themselves responsible for ensuring their enterprises are secure. The book was written for Chief Information Officers (CIOs), Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and other C-level executives who are responsible for material threats and information security in their enterprises. Security Battleground provides guidance on the hard questions to ask when validating a security team’s strategic plan, its budget and its operations.
“Any top company or institution can suffer irreparable harm at the hands of cyber-attackers. Today it’s estimated that more than one trillion dollars in damages can be attributed to this battle - and this number is expected to skyrocket to more than five trillion within the next five years alone,” said Michael Fey, senior vice president at McAfee. “This battle has turned into a war and it is being fought unlike any other and this was the question that started our journey to write this book.”
Part I - Field Manual for the Battleground - This first section explains the origin of the book as a field manual written for the security-obligated executive who has accepted responsibility for overseeing the organization’s security.
- Assessing Mission Readiness shows how to assess the security team’s maturity and encourages improvements in the team’s approach to security threats and countermeasures.
- Developing the Strategy provides an overview of the strategic planning process, with a special emphasis on building a plan based on a foundation of clearly documented business risks and compliance obligations. This chapter sets the expectation that security needs a strategic plan, just like any other line of business.
Part II - Preparing for Battle - This section offers advice on gathering information, analysis, regulation compliance and developing a strategic security plan.
- Recognizing and Capturing Risk reveals the authors’ methodology for gathering key business information. An exercise called Riches, Ruins & Regulations is the centerpiece.
- Performing Threat Analysis explains how the security team marries business risk to vulnerabilities and threats.
- Adhering to Regulations addresses the issues of regulatory
compliance, which is another form of business risk. Failure to pass a compliance audit can lead to fines and sanctions that can be as harmful as a hacker’s attack.
- Preparing the Strategic Plan shows how the building blocks fit together. Threats and compliance obligations are pitted against programs that provide controls (i.e. protection).
Part III - Winning the War - This section gives practical information about budgets, measurements, crises, cooperation with other businesses and looks towards the future.
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- Funding the War is about the budget and while building a business case remains a fundamental building block, security budgeting inevitably depends on a forthright discussion with security-obligated executives as to what risks the company is willing to tolerate.
- Measuring Success provides guidance about the use of security metrics to manage and optimize security operations.
- Managing Crises is a proactive guide on how to prepare for a security breach. The book identifies four key steps, beginning with containment and ending with remediation.
- Aligning the Allies speaks to the need for security organizations to cultivate shared understandings within and outside of the company. Traditional company boundaries have evolved and the book focuses on how to align resources to work in concert with trading partners towards the
shared goal of strong security.
- Future Proofing looks at the security horizon with an emphasis on anticipating the next generation of threats. In this chapter current trends such as cloud computing, virtualized processing and storage systems, and the consumerization of IT are discussed.
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