The Information Systems Security Officer's Guide

Establishing and Managing an Information Protection Program

Gerald L. Kovacich

Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1998, 172 pages

ISBN: 0-7506-9896-9

Keywords: Information Security

Last modified: May 26, 2021, 9:32 p.m.

The Information Systems Security Officer's Guide: Establishing and Managing an Information Protection Program offers a much-needed discussion of the role of the information systems security officer (ISSO). Over the past 15 years, Dr. Kovacich has developed successful, cost-effective techniques for information security. In this book, he details how other ISSOs may implement his time-tested techniques efficiently and effectively within their own business and government agencies.

This book's unique features include:

  • Practical tips for effective communication with management and other departments
  • A systems approach written in a non-technical format for ease of reading
  • Details defining the "life-span" of the ISSO career — from job interview top retirement

With advice on budgeting, hiring, and problem solving, this practical guide will lead professionals to an understanding of the importance an ISSO plays in business management.

  1. Understanding the Information World Environment
  2. Understanding the Business and Management Environment
  3. The Corporation Incorporated
  4. ISSO Career Development
  5. How to Market Yourself as an ISSO
  6. The ISSO's Position, Duties, and Responsibilities
  7. The InfoSec Strategic, Tactical, and Annual Plans 
  8. Establishing an InfoSec Program and Organization
  9. Determining and Establishing InfoSec Functions
  10. Metrics Management
  11. Annual Reevaluation and Future Plans
  12. 21st Century Challenges for the ISSO 


Information Systems Security Officer's Guide

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

Excellent ********** (10 out of 10)

Last modified: Nov. 14, 2008, 11:52 p.m.

Who said that Asians don't understand security? This book should be compared to Smith's. Brilliant.


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