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July 2005

The Business Case for Network Security: Advocacy, Governance and ROI

THE BUSINESS CASE FOR NETWORK SECURITY: ADVOCACY, GOVERNANCE AND ROI By Catherine Paquet and Warren Saxe 381 pages, $39.95 Cisco Press @exb THE BUSINESS CASE FOR NETWORK SECURITY: ADVOCACY, GOVERNANCE AND ROI @exe The Business Case for Network Security suffers from multiple personality disorder—it's geared simultaneously toward two different demographics. It attempts to provide security managers with a viable approach for pitching their agenda to the C-suite, but spends too much time pandering to senior management with Security 101 material: hacker motives, vulnerability windows, technical and procedural countermeasures. The opening chapters provide standard fare, but other security books cover the same material more concisely and with more flair. The writing is mediocre and filled with verbosity and nonstandard technical terms. It could be improved substantially by tightening up the descriptions of the vulnerability types and tying them to meaningful business risk analyses. The text also offers little help in the notoriously ...

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