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Inside the Security Mind: Making the Tough Decisions 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0131118294
ISBN-10: 0131118293
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"This is a really good book ... it spells out the motherhood and apple pie of information security in a highly readable way."

—Warwick Ford, CTO, VeriSign, Inc.

"An excellent security read! Breaks down a complex concept into a simple and easy-to-understand concept."

—Vivek Shivananda, President

  • Redefine your organization's information security
  • Learn to think and act like a top security guru!
  • Understand the founding principles of security itself and make better decisions
  • Make your security solutions more effective, easily manageable, and less costly!
Make smarter, more informed security decisions for your companyOrganizations today commit ever-increasing resources to information security, but are scarcely more secure than they were four or five years ago! By treating information security like an ordinary technological practice—that is, by throwing money, a handful of the latest technologies, and a lineup of gurus at the problem—they invariably wind up with expensive, but deeply flawed, solutions. The only way out of this trap is to change one's way of thinking about security: to grasp the reasoning, philosophy, and logic that underlie all successful security efforts.

In Inside the Security Mind: Making the Tough Decisions, security expert Kevin Day teaches you how to approach information security the way the top gurus do—as an art, rather than a collection of technologies. By applying this discipline, your solutions will be more secure and less burdensome in time, expense, and effort. The first part of the book explains the practice of breaking security decisions down into a set of simple rules. These rules may then be applied to make solid security decisions in almost any environment. In the second part, Day uses a series of practical examples to illustrate exactly how the discipline works in practice. Additional material covers:

  • Designing an enterprise security plan, including perimeter/firewall and Internal defenses, application, system, and hardware security
  • Ongoing security measures—recurring audits, vulnerability maintenance, logging and monitoring, and incident response, plus risk assessment
  • Choosing between open source and proprietary solutions; and wired, wireless, and virtual private networks

This book is essential reading for anyone working to keep information secure. Technical and non-technical IT professionals alike can apply Day's concepts and strategies to become security gurus, while seasoned practitioners will benefit from the unique and effective presentation of the essential security practices.

About the Author

KEVIN DAY is a CISSP and has worked as the lead security engineer and security practice manager fora major East Coast consulting firm. In these positions, Day worked on a series of high-profileprojects for Fortune 500 companies and government organizations. He is the founder of theRelational Security Corporation and currently heads up a joint venture developing new tools andmethodologies security risk assessment and auditing.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (March 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131118293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131118294
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stephen Northcutt on April 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed the first six chapters, especially chapter 3 and 4 and I really feel those 122 pages are worth the price of the book and then some. After chapter 6, Inside the Security Mind morphs into yet another everything you already know about information security book.
There is treasure, rare treasure in the front of the book. Kevin Day spares us a review of risk management and TCP and instead lays out the information battlescape better than anyone I have seen in a long time. The only other person to shed light on this concept was Dorothy Denning in her classic, Information Warfare & Security. But where Dorothy while comprehensive, was a bit boring with list after list, Kevin Day takes Inside the Security Mind in an entirely different direction.
His words are like a painter with bold brush strokes; he outlines information security in a way that forces even the most hardened techie to stop and rethink the world we live in. When was the last time when you heard about the four virtues of information security? When was the last time you read about virtue for that matter? Something about the philosophical approach of the first six chapters of the book reminds me of The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene, but where Power is amoral and more than a bit dark and frightening, Security Mind grabs the high ground and doesn't let go.
Every security manager and technical administrator can benefit from chapter 4, the eight rules of security. Yes we each knew that information at one time, but are we applying those rules all the time? Kevin outlines the concepts and he has me thinking about my data center architecture and some of the design choices we have made recently.
My advice is to read chapter 3 and 4 at least three times.
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Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed the first six chapters, especially chapter 3 and 4 and I really feel those 122 pages are worth the price of the book and then some. After chapter 6, Inside the Security Mind morphs into yet another everything you already know about information security book.

There is treasure, rare treasure in the front of the book. Kevin Day spares us a review of risk management and TCP and instead lays out the information battlescape better than anyone I have seen in a long time. The only other person to shed light on this concept was Dorothy Denning in her classic, Information Warfare & Security. But where Dorothy while comprehensive, was a bit boring with list after list, Kevin Day takes Inside the Security Mind in an entirely different direction.

His words are like a painter with bold brush strokes; he outlines information security in a way that forces even the most hardened techie to stop and rethink the world we live in. When was the last time when you heard about the four virtues of information security? When was the last time you read about virtue for that matter? Something about the philosophical approach of the first six chapters of the book reminds me of The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene, but where Power is amoral and more than a bit dark and frightening, Security Mind grabs the high ground and doesn't let go.

Every security manager and technical administrator can benefit from chapter 4, the eight rules of security. Yes we each knew that information at one time, but are we applying those rules all the time? Kevin outlines the concepts and he has me thinking about my data center architecture and some of the design choices we have made recently.

My advice is to read chapter 3 and 4 at least three times.
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Format: Paperback
Inside the Security Mind:
Making the Tough Decisions
Kevin Day
Prentice Hall 2003
Isbn 0-13-111829-3
Inside the Security Mind is an easy read geared for the novice and as well as the seasoned pro. It starts with the basics and develops a good path to higher security concepts.
Well written with the focus on developing a good security program and implementing training, Inside the Security Mind will guide you through the steps necessary to allow you to define your security goals and policies. Inside the Security Mind was written with the premise in mind, best defined on page 283, which states:
" the evolution of security will not come through technology, but through awareness."
This book is great for helping to develop your own security and training policies and programs, including appendices complete with outlines and web resources to help setup basic computer security training classes within any organization and keep current with ongoing developments. Inside the Security Mind has comprehensive examples and comparisons through out the text demonstrating how to define security guidelines and setting rules by using risk and threat tables.
Written in simple layman's terms Inside the Security Mind starts with an overview of the realities of computer security including the positive and negative risks and covers subjects such as:

Good guys and bad guys: who really is a hacker and who is not. The 4 types of common hackers, who they are, what they are usually targeting and the most common exploits used for attack.
Allows you assess your necessary considerations, efforts, focus and education required to define your security policies and procedures.
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