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08 Oct 11. Book Review: Security Risk Management – Building an Information Security Risk Management Program from the Ground Up
Available in paperback only at the present time and consisting of 339 pages, this book provides a good grounding with respect to the subject matter: that of Security Risk Management. The back cover of the book is described as presenting a roadmap for designing and implementing a security risk management program, and in my view it largely delivers on this promise, both for individuals and teams engaged in risk identification and management. The book is packed with practical tips and the information contained throughout provides a good overview of the subject matter. The author explains the fundamentals of risk identification, assessment and management, exploring the differences between a vulnerability assessment and a risk assessment, and also providing rationales behind each of subjects covered. The author articulates security risk management in business terms well and has taken care to provide an explanation each time jargon is used; he also covers the majority of jargon in everyday use amongst security professionals. From a practical perspective, the author explores the risk management lifecycle, describes methodologies for qualifying and quantifying risk and levels of risk, and provides examples of how these can best be described and/or presented at a senior management level. He draws a direct comparison between analyzing and assessing business risk (trust me, these are not the same thing!). This is not a technical book and the author generally avoids detailed technical analysis; rather it is an aide-memoir for Security Risk Management. Sufficient information is provided throughout to enhance the readers understanding of each phase of the risk management lifecycle, providing practical examples and advice. (Source: Len Zuga/INFOSEC)
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