1st Edition

The CISO Handbook A Practical Guide to Securing Your Company

    346 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Auerbach Publications

    The CISO Handbook: A Practical Guide to Securing Your Company provides unique insights and guidance into designing and implementing an information security program, delivering true value to the stakeholders of a company. The authors present several essential high-level concepts before building a robust framework that will enable you to map the concepts to your company’s environment.

    The book is presented in chapters that follow a consistent methodology – Assess, Plan, Design, Execute, and Report. The first chapter, Assess, identifies the elements that drive the need for infosec programs, enabling you to conduct an analysis of your business and regulatory requirements. Plan discusses how to build the foundation of your program, allowing you to develop an executive mandate, reporting metrics, and an organizational matrix with defined roles and responsibilities. Design demonstrates how to construct the policies and procedures to meet your identified business objectives, explaining how to perform a gap analysis between the existing environment and the desired end-state, define project requirements, and assemble a rough budget. Execute emphasizes the creation of a successful execution model for the implementation of security projects against the backdrop of common  business constraints. Report focuses on communicating back to the external and internal stakeholders with information that fits the various audiences.

    Each chapter begins with an Overview, followed by Foundation Concepts that are critical success factors to understanding the material presented. The chapters also contain a Methodology section that explains the steps necessary to achieve the goals of the particular chapter.

    Foundation Concepts
    Critical Skills
    Consultative Sales Skills
    Critical Knowledge
    Understanding Your Business
    Understanding Risk
    Understanding Your Enterprise Differentiators      
    Understanding Your Legal and Regulatory Environment    
    Understanding Your Organizational Structure       
    Understanding Your Organizational Dynamics     
    Enterprise Culture         
    Understanding your Enterprise’s View of Technology        
    Assessment Methodology         
    Identifying your Program’s Primary Driver
    Why Are You Here?                  
    Identifying your External Drivers              
    Other External Drivers   
    Identifying your Internal Drivers   
    Assessment Checklist  
    Foundation Concepts    
    Critical Skills    
    Strategic Planning         
    Talent Assessment       
    Critical Skills Summary 
    Critical Knowledge        
    ISC2 Common Body of Knowledge [CBK] 
    Other Security Industry Resources         
    Planning Methodology   
    Understanding your Program’s Mandate              
    Determining Your Program’s Structure    
    Centralized vs. Decentralized     
    Security Pipeline           
    Size of Your Program    
    Security Program Structure Summary     
    Determining Your Program’s Staffing       
    Planning Summary        
    Planning Checklist        
    Foundation Concepts    
    Critical Skills    
    Critical Knowledge        
    Security Document Development
    Project Portfolio Development     
    Communication Plan Development          
    Incorporating your Enterprise Drivers       
    Gap Analysis    
    Building Security Policies, Standards, Procedures, And Guidelines           
    Build Security Documents Summary      
    Building the Security Project Portfolio     
    Annual Portfolio Review 
    Build the Communication Plan               
    Chapter Summary         
    Design Checklist           
    Foundation Concepts    
    Critical Skills    
    Critical Knowledge        
    Project Execution         
    Administrative Cleanup  
    Chapter Summary         
    Foundation Concepts    
    Critical Skills    
    Critical Knowledge        
    Report Construction Process     
    Determine Target Audience        
    Delivery Mechanisms    
    Chapter Summary         
    The Final Phase         
    Back To the Beginning  
    Parting Thoughts           
    Appendix A      Design Chapter Worksheets    
    Appendix B      Report Creation Process Worksheet   
    Appendix C      Requirements Sample
    Appendix D      SDLC Checklist           
    Appendix E      Recommended Reading         


    Mike Gentile is on a mission to change the status quo in Information Security as we know it. His goal is to translate the discipline from one that is often misunderstood, inefficiently applied, and painful to one that is seamless, collaborative, and repeatable in organizations across the globe. Delphiis is the encapsulation of this mission. Mike brings balance of business acumen and technical skill-set anchored by years in the field and his core focus over the past 15 years has been his practice, Coastline Consulting services. As the Founder and President, Coastline has developed enterprise security programs for countless leading public, private, and government organizations, including many within the Global 1000 and Fortune 500. During that time he also became Co-Founder and Editor for CISOHandbook.com, the leading portal for security leaders. As a researcher, Mike has contributed numerous publications within the Information technology, project management, and security communities. He is also a senior researcher with Computer Economics in the Information Security domain and has written articles for the ISSA Journal, Computer Economics, RSA Conference and Secure World Expo.

    As a writer he is the co-author of The CISO Handbook: A Practical Guide to Securing Your Company as well as CISO Soft Skills: Securing Organizations Impaired by Employee Politics, Apathy, and Intolerant Perspectives. The CISO Handbook is used as course material for numerous advanced education and Master’s programs on security leadership around the world. Mr. Gentile serves on multiple advisory boards, including being on the Board of Advisors for Savant, a malware protection company, as well an active member of the RSA Program Committee since 2009.

    Mr. Gentile is a sought after speaker on security, project management, and information technology topics. For the last 3 years he has been a top rated speaker at RSA, the most prestigious security conference in the United states and has been keynote speaker for the CXO Summits conference series. He has also presented over the years for the Project Management Institute, Secure World Expo, ISSA, Symantec, and many more. Mike lives in Southern California with his wife Tiffany and their two boys.