REVIEW: "Information Security Awareness Basics", Fred Cohen
- BKINSCAB.RVW 20070119
"Information Security Awareness Basics", Fred Cohen, 2006,
%A Fred Cohen
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%I Fred Cohen and Associates
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%P 46 p.
%T "Information Security Awareness Basics"
This booklet is written as an employee security awareness manual. It
can be purchased and used as such (by a small business), or customized
and augmented by other materials (for a large enterprise). (If you
intend using the primer "as is" for your employee manual, note that
you should read it first, and ensure that you do, in fact, provide the
services, and have the policies, that Cohen recommends. This should
not be onerous, as the procedures outlined are quite reasonable, for
any but the smallest business.)
The content is well-written, readable and clear, and covers a number
of basic points that are often neglected (such as the importance of
reading and understanding the contract with the employer, and, by
extension, the employer's policies.) (The topics are approximately
one page in length, or less, and are all, with one exception, on
separate pages.) A significant portion of the early material is
concerned with personal physical (rather than information) security.
This is a very good arrangement, not only because it demonstrates
concern for the well-being of the employee, but also since it starts
with the more familiar (less esoteric) matters, and is a good lead-in
to the concepts of information security.
Well thought out, well written, and clear. This is a useful item for
those who do not have the time to create their own security awareness
materials, and a model for those who do.
copyright Robert M. Slade, 2007 BKINSCAB.RVW 20070119
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