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Building an Information Security Awareness Program

Mark B. Desman



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Auerbach Publishers Inc.
30 October 2001
Computer security; Data encryption; Computer networking & communications
In his latest book, a pre-eminent information security pundit confessed that he was wrong about the solutions to the problem of information security. It's not technology that's the solution, but the human factor-people. But even infosec policies and procedures are insufficient if employees don't know about them, or why they're important, or what can happen to them if they ignore them. The key, of course, is continuous awareness of the problems and the solutions.

Building an Information Security Awareness Program addresses these concerns. A reference and self-study guide, it goes step-by-step through the methodology for developing, distributing, and monitoring an information security awareness program. It includes detailed instructions on determining what media to use and where to locate it, and it describes how to efficiently use outside sources to optimize the output of a small staff. The author stresses the importance of security and the entire organizations' role and responsibility in protecting it. He presents the material in a fashion that makes it easy for nontechnical staff members to grasp the concepts. These attributes render Building an Information Security Awareness Program an immensely valuable reference in the arsenal of the IS professional.
By:   Mark B. Desman
Imprint:   Auerbach Publishers Inc.
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 178mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   590g
ISBN:   9780849301162
ISBN 10:   0849301165
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   30 October 2001
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
GETTING STARTED Reviewing the Provisions the Company Now Has in Place Learning the Players-Where the Power Resides Learning the Corporate Culture-What Can Work Here, What Cannot Obtaining Management Buyoff-How to Present the Case Finding Communications Vehicles Currently in Place ESTABLISHING A BASELINE Review All Company Polices, Procedures, Standards, Guidelines That Even Remotely Address Information Security Issues Identifying What Can Be Updated Identify Documentation Needed Prepare Documentation Prepare Forms Obtain Management Support for Documents-The Seal of Approval Distribution COMMUNICATIONS The Media Available Through the Company New Technology (Video Taping, Streaming Video, Etc.) Class or Presentation Design Inclusion of HR Based Communications Leveraging Resources Locating Additional Resources Placing Your Shots-Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck EVALUATION Demonstrating the Effectiveness of Your Program Refreshing Staff Knowledge and Agreements Use Statistics-Sparingly but Pointedly Getting Third Party Input Leveraging Internal Audit Keeping Up with the Joneses-What Is Happening in the Industry Updating the Program to Address Changing Needs.

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