SANS MGT512 Day 4

Day 4 is called “Leading Modern Security Initiatives” and covers a lot of the subjects that we now need to be considering as part of a complete, and up-to-date, security program. Not only do we need to worry about some of the new technologies and platforms (i.e. cloud), we also need to look at security with a more holistic approach. This includes security awareness and proper management of the initiatives we now undertake in a more mature security group.

The day starts with security awareness and the section is based on material from the excellent MGT433 – How to Build, Maintain, and Measure a Mature Awareness Program. The title says it all; this is about building a comprehensive and mature program for security awareness. Of course, this material is only a sample, so you’ll need to register for this two-day class to get the full training. This section covers a really good representative sample though and helps you to understand what makes a good, comprehensive, program. Topics include:

  • Breaking down the myths of awareness training
  • Using an awareness program to reduce enterprise security risk
  • How to affect behavioural change
  • How to build an effective plan for an awareness program
  • How to prioritize human risks

We all understand that these days, if we don’t focus on the human side of security, we’re leaving a very large gap in our security program.

Next, we cover portfolio, program, and project management. As security initiatives become more integrated into the business, we need to introduce the same rigour of project management within our security team as we have elsewhere in the organization. How you go about this is up to you, you may use existing PMO resources or build your own, but the need is there. This section is based on material from MGT525 – IT Project Management, Effective Communication, and PMP® Exam Prep and covers the PMI model of project management. This covers all the basics including:

  • Why projects fail
  • Portfolios, Programs, and Projects and sample team structures
  • The PMBOK 5 project groups
  • Key aspects to each of the groups

The bulk of the rest of day 4 is focused on the modern technology part of the day; Cloud and Zero Trust. These two sections really focus on what’s coming for most organizations, and what managers will need to know to help navigate their company into the new paradigms of cloud and Zero Trust. Zero Trust, in particular, is really an aspirational idea for most organizations, but is made more achievable by many of the new technologies that are being introduced. Cloud is here and now, but most companies are still at the experimental phase, especially with the aspects of cloud that are discussed in this section. What’s included?

  • Benefits and basic terminology of the cloud
  • An overview of the Cloud Security Alliance and the resources they have to offer.
  • An introduction to Amazon AWS and an explanation of why it’s the focus of this section
  • Technical aspects of cloud infrastructure including availability zones, regions, and networking within each
  • Internet gateways, NAT gateways, EC2 infrastructure, security groups, and how it all fits together
  • Lastly, microservices architecture, API gateways and functions as a service (FaaS).

Then the Zero Trust section covers:

  • Today’s model of trust vs. zero trust
  • Fundamentals of Zero Trust
  • Technologies that help to enable Zero Trust architecture
  • Challenges with Zero Trust

How good are your negotiating skills? We finish the day off by discussing negotiating tactics, different types of negotiators, and then play a little game where you get to test your negotiating mettle. Our final section is about vendors, salespeople and what drives them. Finally, a look at the Analytical Hierarchy method of vendor and tool evaluation to help reduce the subjectivity often found when selecting new tools and vendors.

Ready for Day 5?