A Thorough Guide to IT Security Challenges

    For IT security professionals, the game is to always stay a step ahead of hackers, security standards and governing regulations. The best way to keep on top of everything is research—reading up on the latest threats, vulnerabilities, and secure hardware and software.

    The book “Information Security Management Handbook,” is one detailed source for all things IT security. The integral security topics covered in this book include:

    • Networking
    • Telecommunications
    • Cloud computing
    • Policies and standards
    • Application development
    • Architecture
    • Training

    It goes beyond typical security books and provides detailed practices for many areas for which IT provides security. The intro provides a look at threats and vulnerabilities that have cropped up since the last version of the book and that the publishers predict will pervade IT security for years to come:

    This edition of the Information Security Management Handbook addresses many of these trends and threats, plus new areas such as security SDLC (software development life cycle), as well as forensics, cloud security, and security management. Chris Hare takes an in-depth look at hacktivism, identifying the motivations and the players and providing advice on how to protect against it. Becky Herold analyzes the security and privacy challenges of managing user expectations. The Smart Grid offers its own security and challenges as Terry Komperda explains. Noureddine Boudriga explains attacks in mobile environments.

    In our IT Downloads section, you can read Chapter 21, “Addressing Social Media Security and Privacy Challenges.” As a newer security challenge, social media poses many threats and vulnerabilities that IT hasn’t had to address as much with other security issues, including dealing with BYOD and off-site Wi-Fi usage.

    The chapter begins with a basic explanation of social media and what the authors consider to be part of this arena. It then goes into the associated risks and scams, and spells out how to set up a social media policy for the organization.

    IT security staff and anyone who is involved in security measures within IT will benefit from this thorough guide. Even marketing staff would learn important tips on social media usages by reading the chapter excerpt in our download.

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