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Mapping Security: The Corporate Security Sourcebook for Today's Global Economy 1st Edition

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Praise for Tom Patterson's Mapping Security

"Tom Patterson captures a compelling and practical view of security in a multinational environment. Your CSO needs to read this book!"

—Dr. Vint Cerf, senior vice president of Technology Strategy at MCI and founder of Internet Protocol (IP)

"The power of the Internet is that it's a global network, seamlessly crossing borders. But it also brings security risks that can cross borders just as easily. Patterson has more than a decade of first-hand experience in defending against such risks and it shows. He uses real-world examples and stories, many from his own career, and offers clear, action-oriented descriptions of the different threats and how to deal with them. This book avoids security jargon and speaks directly to businesspeople around the globe."

—Chris Anderson, Editor in Chief, Wired Magazine

Whether consumers or global giants, we all need to be spending a greater share of our budgets on security. The threats are greater than ever and increasing daily, and yet there is a challenge as to how to justify the expenditure. Mapping Security offers business-oriented and in-depth thinking on how and why to build security into the fabric of the organization. After reading Tom Patterson's book, you will want to make changes with a sense of urgency.

—John R Patrick, president of Attitude LLC and former vice president of Internet Technology at IBM Corporation

As companies of all sizes go global in their search for profit and growth, they will need to understand how to use security as a tool for success in different markets, and Mapping Security shows them how.

—Dr. Craig Fields, former director of Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) for the U.S. Government

The Definitive Guide to Effective Security in Complex Global Markets

Companies are global today and have complex security supply chains, out-sourced operations, and customer relationships that span the world. Today, more than ever, companies must protect themselves against unprecedented threats, understand and adhere to a global mosaic of regulations, and leverage security to enable today's business realities. In Mapping Security, global security expert Tom Patterson shows how to meet these challenges by presenting security best practices, rules, and customs for virtually every country where you do business.

Writing for executives, business managers, security professionals, and consultants, Patterson offers an exceptionally thorough and authoritative briefing on today's global security realities. Using real-world examples, he shows how to change your approach to security as you move more deeply into global markets: how to resolve contradictions among the complex rules and customs you'll have to follow and how to customize security solutions for every market. Along the way, he introduces the Mapping Security Index (MSI), a powerful new metric for rapidly quantifying security risk associated with 30 key markets. Coverage includes

  • How technology, mass globalization, and stricter accountability are forcing security to the core of the enterprise

  • Six proven keys to defining and implementing global security strategies that work within today's budget realities

  • Detailed country-by-country drill downs on security in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the Americas, and the Asia-Pacific region

  • Practical advice on what to do when laws collide

  • Quantifying the security posture and associated risks of potential cross-border partners

  • "On-the-ground" help: Indispensable local security resources

Visit www.MappingSecurity.com for Tom Patterson's latest updates and analysis, including the latest changes to the MSI country scores, and to participate in the Mapping Security Reader Forum.


© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

About the Author

About the Author

Tom Patterson is a business advisor in the areas of security, commerce, and governance.

Patterson has been a successful international security and eCommerce partner at both KPMG and Deloitte, a strategy executive with IBM's Internet Division, and a director of security at MCC, Americas leading R&D consortium. Tom has been a board member of several public companies, has advised all three branches of the U.S. government on Internet and security policy, and is a trusted advisor to company executives around the world.

Patterson regularly comments on the security issues of the day for CNBC and other major media outlets. His track record of success in large scale eCommerce, with three separate projects that have each generated over 500 million dollars online, has him in demand as an author, public speaker, board member, and business advisor.

He currently resides in Pacific Palisades, California, with his wife and son. More information about the author is available at http://www.TPatterson.NET.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (December 24, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321304527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321304520
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,966,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Colby Mims on December 1, 2004
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From business executives who want and need to understand the complexities of securing global ecommerce, to consultants and sales people who support global companies, to analysts who evaluate these companies, this is a must read source book. While vast today, electronic commerce is growing very rapidly, and for many if not most companies, electronic commerce will determine success or failure. This book will not only help companies protect their investments in ecommerce, product, market and customer data, but it will also help map strategies for security as they expand to new markets.
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I'm really impressed by this book. It's a summarization of a lot of valuable research that you can find nowhere else. Which to me is the definition of a great book. The authors take us on a world tour and give us background on the security concerns in all of the different countries. It's fascinating, insightful and even funny at times. A must have for anyone doing applications business globally.
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Creating an effective information security infrastructure for a large multi-national company is a challenge. Above and beyond the technology, the software, and the hardware, there are non-tangibles, specificially the cultures and laws where the security solutions, people, and technology will be deployed. Deploying technology without considering the local environment and culture is a sure-fire way to undermine a project.

Today's technology infrastructure is getting more and more complex. Companies are more global with more porous borders. Outsourcing is increasing dramatically, creating an additional need to understand the cultures in the remote locations.

Given all that, Mapping Security: The Corporate Security Sourcebook for Today's Global Economy is a valuable guidebook to deploying information security outside of the United States. Author Tom Patterson is a former Big 4 Information Security partner whose job responsibilities saw him living abroad for much of his adult life. The book is not so much a network security title, but rather a guide to performing the business of security across various cultural and physical borders. Mapping Security is management-level source book for companies and organizations that do - or plan to do - business outside of the United States. Patterson takes his years of living abroad, his successes and his failures, his war stories, and his challenges, and maps them into a usable framework so the reader can better deploy an information security program.

In the book, Patterson details the various opportunities and challenges in each geographic sector across the globe and provides security best practices, rules, and customs for 30 countries.
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This weird little book turned out to be a real gem! While good books on security for senior executives have been popping up in recent times, this one gives a unique prospective on security, tying it to the international nature of modern security landscape. Security is international not only because attackers might be camping anywhere on the globe, but also because of transnational nature of large companies, foreign customers or partners, outsourcing and other matters.

The first, relatively brief part of the book gives a very nice high-level overview of security. Again, while it might sound boring to some, it is actually written in an enjoyable style with lots of examples and fun quotes from various CSOs. My favorite section here is called "Developing Radar'. It covers the process of building awareness of your security environment, through monitoring and auditing of system and user activity. Of course, the book is full of regulatory compliance as well as various ROI (ROSI) scenarios.

The remainder of the book goes country by country and talks about various elements of security and regulatory environment as well as computes an overall score (MSI) for each country. The info is highlighted by various examples of doing business in those countries.

Overall, while the book is definitely for a senior crown, many security professional will benefit from it but getting author's unique prospective on cross-border security. I did enjoy the book without being a CEO...

Anton Chuvakin, Ph.D., GCIA, GCIH, GCFA is a Security Strategist with a major security company. He is an author of the book "Security Warrior" and a contributor to "Know Your Enemy II". In his spare time, he maintains his security portal info-secure.org
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Mapping Security does a singularly effective job at bridging technology and business, and creates a compelling case that the two are inexorably intertwined. Patterson's wealth of knowledge and experience in international commerce is breathtaking, and he is adroit at maneuvering between arcane, widesweeping regulations and personal anecdotes. In reading a pre-release copy, I was reminded of those print ads on the London Underground, consisting of three frames, each with a photo of a cricket: Depending on the country, the cricket is a pest, a pet, or a snack.

Patterson brushes aside the typical rah-rah platitudes of high-level business books, and recognizes that the real world is not always a tidy place, and that laws are complex and often contradictory. Expanding on the idea that without security, eCommerce is a non-starter, Patterson approaches security issues from both technological and legal/cultural perspectives. His insight is keen, his examples are topical, and his "war stories" are entertaining as well as informative.

In an era where the multinational company model is becoming the norm, and where American businesspeople are being treated with increasing disdain overseas, no C-level manager should ever board an international flight without having read "Mapping Security."
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