Syngress Publishing Announces the Release of “Security Assessment: Case Studies for Implementing the NSA IAM”

Rockland, MA – Syngress Publishing, Inc., today announced the publication of Security Assessment: Case Studies for Implementing the NSA IAM, a book written by Security Horizons, Inc., a Colorado-based professional security and training provider. This is the first new publication from Syngress to be distributed in the United States by O’Reilly & Associates.

In 1998, the National Security Agency (NSA) Information Assurance Methodology (IAM) was developed to meet the demand for information security (INFOSEC) assessments–a demand that was increasing due to Presidential Decision Directive 63 (PDD-63) while at the same time NSA was downsizing. NSA sought a way to maximize its resources to assist as many customers as possible and so they created a list of organizations that could perform the same service as the NSA. NSA quickly realized that this system would not only provide valuable information to consumers–it would also provide a vehicle for standardization of INFOSEC assessments.

Amorette Pedersen, Vice President of Rights and Marketing, Syngress Publishing, said, “The NSA IAM has gained enormous momentum within the INFOSEC community, particularly in a business environment that must seriously consider the possibility of coordinated cyber-attacks. This book is the perfect guide for security practitioners, customers purchasing security services, and certification candidates.”

Chapter topics include: Laying the Foundation for Your Assessment, The Pre-Assessment Visit, Determining the Organization’s Information Criticality, System Information Criticality, The System Security Environment, Understanding the Technical Assessment Plan, Customer Activities, Managing the Findings, Leaving No Surprises, Final Reporting, and Tying Up Loose Ends.

“This publication is the first of its kind and the culmination of years of experience in performing these assessments. I’m excited to see a reference of this type finally released and believe it will provide tremendous value to the security industry at large,” said Russ Rogers, Co-Founder and CEO of Security Horizons, Inc. and one of the book’s authors.

About the Authors
Russ Rogers (CISSP, CISM, IAM) is a Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer, and Principle Security Consultant for Security Horizon, Inc, a Colorado-based professional security services and training provider. Russ is a United States Air Force veteran and has served in military and contract support for the National Security Agency and the Defense Information Systems Agency. Russ is also the editor-in-chief of “The Security Journal” and a staff member for the Black Hat Briefings series of security conferences.

Greg Miles (CISSP, CISM, IAM) is a Co-Founder, President, and Principle Security Consultant for Security Horizon, Inc. Greg is a United States Air Force veteran and has served in military and contract support for the National Security Agency, Defense Information Systems Agency, Air Force Space Command, and NASA supporting worldwide security efforts. Greg has been a featured speaker at the Black Hat Briefings series of security conferences and APCO conferences and is a frequent contributor to “The Security Journal.”

Background Information
Syngress Publishing (www.syngress.com), headquartered in Rockland, Massachusetts, is an independent publisher of print and electronic reference materials for Information Technology professionals seeking skill enhancement and career advancement. Distributed throughout Europe, Asia, and the U.S. and Canada, Syngress titles have been translated into twenty languages. The company’s pioneering customer support program, solutions@syngress.com, extends the value of every Syngress title with regular information updates and customer-driven author forums. For more information on Syngress products, contact Amy Pedersen at 781-681-5151 or email amy@syngress.com. Syngress books are distributed in the United States by O’Reilly & Associates.




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