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Building the Foundations for Effective Security Hygiene

Published: 08 August 2018

ID: G00368951

Analyst(s): Mike Wonham


Using risk to select security controls is key for a mature security program, but best practices for security hygiene also rely on basic controls. This research provides technical professionals new to delivering security with a guide to implementing an effective basic security program.

Table Of Contents


  • Basic Security Is Critical for Longer-Term Assurance
  • Understand the Drivers for Security
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • A Framework for Basic Security Hygiene
    • A Quick Overview of the Security Groups
  • Effective and Ongoing Control Management

The Details

  • The Foundational Practices
    • Policies, Standards and Culture
    • Architectural Rigor
    • Identity and HR Management
    • Asset Management
    • Procurement
    • Change Management
    • Incident Management
  • Basic Security Practices
    • Governance and Risk Management
    • Threat and Vulnerability Management
    • Infrastructure and Network Security
    • Endpoint and Mobile Security
    • Mobile Security
    • Application and Data Security
    • Cloud
    • Security Monitoring and Operations
    • Identity and Access Management

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