Enterprise Level Security: Securing Information Systems in an Uncertain World

William R. Simpson

May 13, 2016 by Auerbach Publications
Reference - 397 Pages - 112 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498764452 - CAT# K29023

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Features

  • Offers a modern alternative to the fortress approach to security
  • Emphasizes positive identification of all entities in every transaction, because it is assumed that covertly controlled code is present in the system
  • Provides a model exceptionally strong in integration and consistency
  • Suggests techniques designed to work the same way through many different scenarios and to be extensible and accommodating while maintaining a strong security posture

Summary

Enterprise Level Security: Securing Information Systems in an Uncertain World provides a modern alternative to the fortress approach to security. The new approach is more distributed and has no need for passwords or accounts. Global attacks become much more difficult, and losses are localized, should they occur. The security approach is derived from a set of tenets that form the basic security model requirements. Many of the changes in authorization within the enterprise model happen automatically. Identities and claims for access occur during each step of the computing process.

Many of the techniques in this book have been piloted. These techniques have been proven to be resilient, secure, extensible, and scalable. The operational model of a distributed computer environment defense is currently being implemented on a broad scale for a particular enterprise.

The first section of the book comprises seven chapters that cover basics and philosophy, including discussions on identity, attributes, access and privilege, cryptography, the cloud, and the network. These chapters contain an evolved set of principles and philosophies that were not apparent at the beginning of the project.

The second section, consisting of chapters eight through twenty-two, contains technical information and details obtained by making painful mistakes and reworking processes until a workable formulation was derived. Topics covered in this section include claims-based authentication, credentials for access claims, claims creation, invoking an application, cascading authorization, federation, and content access control. This section also covers delegation, the enterprise attribute ecosystem, database access, building enterprise software, vulnerability analyses, the enterprise support desk, and network defense.