1st Edition

Information Security Governance Simplified From the Boardroom to the Keyboard

By Todd Fitzgerald Copyright 2012
    431 Pages
    by CRC Press

    432 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Security practitioners must be able to build cost-effective security programs while also complying with government regulations. Information Security Governance Simplified: From the Boardroom to the Keyboard lays out these regulations in simple terms and explains how to use control frameworks to build an air-tight information security (IS) program and governance structure.

    Defining the leadership skills required by IS officers, the book examines the pros and cons of different reporting structures and highlights the various control frameworks available. It details the functions of the security department and considers the control areas, including physical, network, application, business continuity/disaster recover, and identity management.

    Todd Fitzgerald explains how to establish a solid foundation for building your security program and shares time-tested insights about what works and what doesn’t when building an IS program. Highlighting security considerations for managerial, technical, and operational controls, it provides helpful tips for selling your program to management. It also includes tools to help you create a workable IS charter and your own IS policies. Based on proven experience rather than theory, the book gives you the tools and real-world insight needed to secure your information while ensuring compliance with government regulations.

    Getting Information Security Right – Top to Bottom. Developing Information Strategy. Defining the Security Management Organization. Interacting with the C-Suite. Managing Risk to an Acceptable Level. Creating Effective Information Security Policies. Security Compliance Using Control Frameworks. Managerial Controls – Practical Security Considerations. Technical Controls – Practical Security Considerations. Operational Controls – Practical Security Considerations. The Auditors Have Arrived – Now What? Effective Security Communications. The Law and Information Security. Learning From Information Security Incidents. 17 Ways to Dismantle Information Security Efforts. 


    Todd Fitzgerald, CISSP, CISA, CISM, CIPM, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPP/C, CGEIT, CRISC, PMP, ISO27000, and ITILv3 certified, is Managing Director and CISO of CISO Spotlight, LLC.

    Todd has built and led multiple Fortune 500/large company information security programs for 20 years across multiple industries, named 2016-17 Chicago CISO of the Year by AITP, ISSA, ISACA, Infragard and SIM, ranked Top 50 Information Security Executive, and Information Security Executive (ISE) Award Finalist, and named Ponemon Institute Fellow. Fitzgerald coauthored with Micki Krause the first professional organization Chief Information Security Officer book, CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success (Auerbach, 2008). Todd also authored Information Security Governance Simplified: From the Boardroom to the Keyboard (Auerbach, 2012), and co-authored Certified Chief Information Security Officer Body of Knowledge (E-C Council, 2014), and has contributed to over a dozen others. Fitzgerald has participated in the development of materials for the Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP CBK, Information Security Handbook Series, ISACA COBIT 5 for Information Security, and ISACA CSX Cybersecurity Fundamentals.

    Fitzgerald is a top-rated RSA Conference speaker and is frequently called upon to present at international, national and local conferences for Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), Information Systems security Association (ISSA), Management Information Systems Training Institute (MISTI), COSAC, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, T.E.N., and others. Fitzgerald serves on the HIPAA Collaborative of Wisconsin Board of Directors (2002-present), Milwaukee Area Technical College Security Advisory Board, and University of Wisconsin-La Crosse College of Business Administration Board of Advisors.

    Prior senior leadership includes SVP, CAO Information Security Northern Trust, Global CISO Grant Thornton International, Ltd, Global CISO ManpowerGroup, Medicare Security Officer/External Audit Oversight WellPoint (now Anthem) Blue Cross Blue Shield-National Government Services, CISO North & Latin America Zeneca/Syngenta and senior Information Technology leadership positions with IMS Health, and American Airlines. Todd earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Master Business Administration with highest honors from Oklahoma State University.

    Todd Fitzgerald’s new book, Information Security Governance Simplified: From the Boardroom to the Keyboard, presents 15 chapters of advice and real-world experience on how to handle the roll out of an effective program …. Todd has taken the time to include for the reader some practical security considerations for managerial, technical, and operational controls. This is followed up with a discussion on how legal issues are impacting the information security program.
    Tom Peltier, CISSP