By Steve Purser
This groundbreaking ebook is helping you grasp the administration of data safety, targeting the proactive attractiveness and determination of the sensible problems with constructing and imposing IT safeguard for the firm. Drawing upon the authors?’ wealth of important adventure in high-risk advertisement environments, the paintings makes a speciality of the necessity to align the knowledge protection approach as an entire with the necessities of the fashionable company, which comprises empowering company managers to regulate info security-related danger. all through, the ebook locations emphasis at the use of easy, pragmatic danger administration as a device for decision-making. the 1st booklet to hide the strategic problems with IT protection, it permits you to: comprehend the adaptation among extra theoretical remedies of knowledge safeguard and operational fact; find out how info protection chance may be measured and hence controlled; outline and execute a knowledge safeguard technique layout and enforce a safety structure; and make sure that restricted assets are used optimally.
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7 Operational issues 11 The technique of social engineering seeks to take advantage of these difficulties by exploiting weaknesses associated with the end user. Techniques used vary considerably, but often involve the impersonation of someone having authority in order to gain access to restricted information. A typical scenario might involve calling elderly people and claiming to be from the credit card company. Certain elderly people, less aware of the technology involved and perhaps more trusting in nature, may be tempted to reveal their personal identification number (PIN) code if a plausible pretext were given by the caller.
In the days when the mainframe dominated the corporate IT environment, securing information was largely synonymous with securing the mainframe—a relatively simple model by today’s standards, where system administrators may be responsible for securing hundreds of machines. The challenge to today’s organizations is to define mechanisms and procedures for enforcing security that are capable of coping with this situation. Common sense tells us that it is unlikely that procedures developed for the mainframe environment will be appropriate for modern, distributed architectures.
Technology of increasing sophistication now allows extensive and relatively transparent monitoring of electronic communications within the organization. Possibilities include the interception of e-mails, the monitoring Internet access on an individual basis, and the recording of telephone calls. It seems that there is even a demand for software to monitor activity on a home computer and a corresponding market for tools that detect the presence of such software1. It is quite clear that monitoring of this nature needs to be controlled, although opinions differ widely on how and to what extent this should be done.
A Practical Guide to Managing Information Security (Artech House Technology Management Library) by Steve Purser