A Practical Guide to Security Engineering and Information Assurance

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CRC Press, Oct 18, 2001 - Computers - 408 pages
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Today the vast majority of the world's information resides in, is derived from, and is exchanged among multiple automated systems. Critical decisions are made, and critical action is taken based on information from these systems. Therefore, the information must be accurate, correct, and timely, and be manipulated, stored, retrieved, and exchanged safely, reliably, and securely. In a time when information is considered the latest commodity, information security should be top priority.
A Practical Guide to Security Engineering and Information Assurance gives you an engineering approach to information security and information assurance (IA). The book examines the impact of accidental and malicious intentional action and inaction on information security and IA. Innovative long-term vendor, technology, and application-independent strategies show you how to protect your critical systems and data from accidental and intentional action and inaction that could lead to system failure or compromise.
The author presents step-by-step, in-depth processes for defining information security and assurance goals, performing vulnerability and threat analysis, implementing and verifying the effectiveness of threat control measures, and conducting accident and incident investigations. She explores real-world strategies applicable to all systems, from small systems supporting a home-based business to those of a multinational corporation, government agency, or critical infrastructure system.
The information revolution has brought its share of risks. Exploring the synergy between security, safety, and reliability engineering, A Practical Guide to Security Engineering and Information Assurance consolidates and organizes current thinking about information security/IA techniques, approaches, and best practices. As this book will show you, there is considerably more to information security/IA than firewalls, encryption, and virus protection.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 What Is Information Assurance How Does It Relate to Information Security and Why Are Both Needed?
7
Chapter 3 Historical Approaches to Information Security and Information Assurance
27
Chapter 4 Define the System Boundaries
67
Chapter 5 Perform Vulnerability and Threat Analyses
83
Chapter 6 Implement Threat Control Measures
127
Chapter 7 Verify Effectiveness of Threat Control Measures
207
Chapter 8 Conduct AccidentIncident Investigations
229
Annex A Glossary of Acronyms and Terms
275
Annex B Glossary of Techniques
295
Annex C Additional Resources
353
Annex D Summary of the Components Activities and Tasks of an Effective Information SecurityIA Program
373
Index
379
Back cover
395
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