Digital Defense: What You Should Know about Protecting Your Company's Assets

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Harvard Business Press, 2003 - Business & Economics - 163 pages
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Protect and Maximize Your Company's Digital Assets>P> Security is a critical concern for every company, organization, and institution, regardless of their size or activity. In this timely book, leading security and privacy expert Thomas J. Parenty demystifies computer and network security for non-technical managers-taking them beyond hackers, firewalls, and virus protection to outline a holistic approach to information security that promotes business growth. Drawing from more than twenty years of experience in the computer security and cryptography fields, Parenty introduces the "Trust Framework," a unique and straightforward approach to developing and implementing a corporate security process. The Trust Framework is based on two core principles: 1) every technology choice must be closely linked to a company's overall mission and specific business activities; and 2) a company needs to show its partners and customers why they should have trust in their electronic business transactions. Parenty guides managers in clearly articulating their specific business requirements, selecting the appropriate security technologies, and building an organizational environment that promotes and nurtures trust. An entirely new era of information security is underway-and it is changing the rules of business for every industry. Digital Defense guides managers in implementing security solutions that both protect their firms' current digital assets-and pave the way for future business innovation. " Digital Defense is an important book whose message is: Pay attention to information security! Tom Parenty offers a balanced and detailed assessment of why information security is such a critical priority and concisely lays out practical steps toward better protecting your assets. This book is compelling for the general reader and the IT specialist alike." -Karen Sutter, Director, Business Advisory Services, US-China Business Council " Digital Defense is an important book with a powerful message on information security issues. Non-technical executives, whose organizations are increasingly dependent on information systems, would do well to read this book." -Seymour E. Goodman, Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology "In this exceptionally well-written and readable book, Tom Parenty explains the need to tie security to business objectives and organizational missions. Unlike any other book in the market, Digital Defense guides readers through security valuation and introduces a trust framework companies can follow to ensure that organization and partner assets are protected." -Daryl F. Eckard, EDS Director, Security and Privacy Professional Services
 

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User Review  - Lauri Nesselrode - Goodreads

Nerd Alert. But honestly, well-written book about the basics of digitally defending company assets. Lots of good examples peppered throughout, and not overly technical. Read full review

Contents

Identifying Your Information Assets
1
Determining Your Current Vulnerabilities
13
Protecting Your Computers
23
Developing a Security Process Based on Trust
35
Keeping Information Confidential
45
Establishing Identity
57
Controlling Access in the Digital World
77
Knowing Whats Real in Cyberspace
95
Business Encryption Overview
133
Corporate Security Process
139
Notes
141
Glossary
147
Bibliography
151
Recommended Readings
155
Index
157
About the Author
163

Putting Your Security Process into Action
107
Transforming Your Business Through Information Security
121

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