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1st Edition

Security Strategy
From Requirements to Reality

ISBN 9781439827338
Published October 13, 2010 by Auerbach Publications
346 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Addressing the diminished understanding of the value of security on the executive side and a lack of good business processes on the security side, Security Strategy: From Requirements to Reality explains how to select, develop, and deploy the security strategy best suited to your organization. It clarifies the purpose and place of strategy in an information security program and arms security managers and practitioners with a set of security tactics to support the implementation of strategic planning initiatives, goals, and objectives.

The book focuses on security strategy planning and execution to provide a clear and comprehensive look at the structures and tools needed to build a security program that enables and enhances business processes. Divided into two parts, the first part considers business strategy and the second part details specific tactics. The information in both sections will help security practitioners and mangers develop a viable synergy that will allow security to take its place as a valued partner and contributor to the success and profitability of the enterprise.

Confusing strategies and tactics all too often keep organizations from properly implementing an effective information protection strategy. This versatile reference presents information in a way that makes it accessible and applicable to organizations of all sizes. Complete with checklists of the physical security requirements that organizations should consider when evaluating or designing facilities, it provides the tools and understanding to enable your company to achieve the operational efficiencies, cost reductions, and brand enhancements that are possible when an effective security strategy is put into action.

Table of Contents


Strategy: An Introduction
Strategic Planning Essentials
Strategic Planning Process Evaluation
Security Leadership Challenges
Getting Started
Other Challenges for Security and Strategic Planning
When Strategic Planning Should Be Conducted
Metaphor Analysis and Strategic Planning
Creating a Security Culture
Security Continuum (Moving toward a Security Culture)

Getting to the Big Picture
Background (Why Should Security Bother with Strategic Planning?)
Menu of Strategic Planning Methods and Models
Which Strategic Planning Tools?
What Are Security Plan Essentials? (Analysis, Planning, and Implementation)
When Should Strategic Planning Be Done?
Six Keys to Successful Strategic Planning
Myths about Strategic Planning
Barriers to Strategic Planning
Overcoming Negative Perceptions of Security
Developing Strategic Thinking Skills

Testing the Consumer
Defining the Consumer Buckets
Quick Customer Assessment
Designing Customer Feedback Surveys
Deploying a Survey
Measuring Customer Satisfaction Results
Integration of Consumer Data

Strategic Framework (Inputs to Strategic Planning)
Environmental Scan
Regulations and Legal Environment
Industry Standards
Marketplace–Customer Base
Organizational Culture
National and International Requirements (Political and Economic)
Competitive Intelligence
Business Intelligence
Technical Environment and Culture
Business Drivers
Additional Environmental Scan Resources
Scenario Planning
Futurist Consultant Services
Blue Ocean Strategy versus Red Ocean Strategy
Future (the Need to Be Forward Looking)

Developing a Strategic Planning Process
Process and Procedures
Get Ready to Plan for a Plan
Planning, Preparation, and Facilitation
Building a Foundation for Strategy (High, Wide, and Deep)
In the Beginning
Implementation (a Bias toward Action and Learning)
Feedback, Tracking, and Control
Best Strategies (Strategies That Work)

Gates, Geeks, and Guards (Security Convergence)
Benefits of Security Convergence
Convergence Challenges
Success Factors


Tactics: An Introduction
Tactical Framework
Objectives Identification
First Principles

Layer upon Layer (Defense in Depth)
Defense-in-Depth Objectives Identification
Information Environments
Environmental Objectives

Did You See That! (Observation)
Observation Objectives
Drivers and Benefits for Excellence in Observation
Observation Challenges
Success Factors and Lessons Learned
Excellence in Observation Control Objectives

Trust but Verify (Accountability)
Unmatched Value of Accountability
Comprehensive Accountability Challenges
Best Uses for the Accountability Tactic
Comprehensive Accountability Identity Objectives
Comprehensive Accountability Audit Objectives

SDL and Incident Response
(SDL)2—Software as a Service Extensions (SaaS)
Transition Objectives
Rapid Response

Keep Your Enemies Closer
Hire a Hacker Objectives
The Hire a Hacker Controversy
Success Factors and Lessons Learned
Control Objectives

Hire a Hessian (Outsourcing)
Security in the Outsourcing of IT Services
Security in the Outsourcing of Security Services
Outsourcing of Security Services Objectives
Challenges to Outsourcing Security Services Success Factors and Lessons Learned
Outsourcing Security Services Control Objectives

Security Awareness Training
Staff Development Training
Security Awareness Training
Awareness Training Drivers and Benefits
Industry Training Trends and Best-Practices Examples
Training Resources
Awareness Training Challenges
Success Factors and Lessons Learned
How Do You Know if Your Training Is Successful?

Appendix: Physical Security Checklists

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William “Bill” Stackpole, CISSP/ISSAP, CISM, former Principal Security Architect for Microsoft Online Services, has more than 25 years of IT experience in security and project management. In his past position, Bill provided thought leadership and guidance for Microsoft’s Secure Online Services Delivery Architecture. Before joining Microsoft, Bill was a principal consultant for Predictive System, an international network consultancy where he was the architect and promoted the application security business. Bill holds a B.S. degree in Management Information Systems, a CISSP with an Architecture Professional endorsement. He is co-author of Software Deployment,Updating, and Patching (Auerbach, 2007) and a contributing editor to Auerbach’s Handbook on Information Security Management (Krause and Tipton). Bill is a former chair for the CISSP Test Development Committee and a current member of the (ISC)2 Common Body of Knowledge committees for the CISSP and ISSAP certifications.

Eric Oksendahl, former Security Strategist for Boeing, has more than 25 years of experience as a business management consultant, senior facilitator, teacher, and program manager. At Boeing, Eric facilitated strategy development and implementation for the Security and Fire Protection division, including physical and information security. He designed and coordinated the use of strategy development and initiative deployment to integrate security practices into key business processes (e.g., international sales campaigns). Prior to that, Eric was a program manager at the Boeing Leadership Center where he conducted leadership development courses around the world that included Boeing management, supplier management, and customer management. Eric holds a B.A. from Montana State University and an M.A. in Communications from the University of Washington.


This book focuses on the process, objectives, and controls of security strategy. It consists of two sections: Strategy (6 chapters) and Tactics (8 chapters). The sections include strategy how-to’s and security tactics, which support the realization of security. The strategy portion is aimed at executives, whereas the tactics portion is geared toward security professionals. … The authors—both security veterans—share many personal anecdotes. They use relevant quotes and concisely illustrate their points. The book addresses security quality attributes promoted by the Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method (ATAM) and used in the Sherwood Applied Business Security Architecture (SABSA) framework … .
—A. Marlen,