TER Volume 14, Number 1, June 2007: Review of Syngress IT Security Project Management

Technology Electronic Reviews
Volume 14, Number 1, June 2007

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REVIEW OF: Susan Snedaker. (2006). Syngress IT Security Project Management. Rockland, Ma.: Syngress Publishing, Inc. (ISBN: 1597490768). 612 pp. $59.95.

By Christine Noonan

The need to secure data is more important than ever. Driven by data privacy issues, the need to achieve regulatory and audit compliance and protect enterprise data from internal and external threats, IT security project management (PM) is a high priority. Internal data provides companies with a competitive edge; they store personal and confidential information and log e-commerce transactions. Should a network breach occur, what are the immediate impacts? Not only is the company’s reputation on the line but there exists the potential for serious economic and legal impacts as well.

Snedaker’s book is a comprehensive guide to planning and implementing an IT security project which gives network administrators the tools to meet today’s security needs while addressing future requirements; including the alignment of security and business goals as a major building block to successful PM. It is written for an audience with a concrete understanding of IT PM and an adequate comprehension of network security. The author’s expertise is combined with specialized coverage of key project areas which creates a valuable reference book for IT professionals responsible for enterprise-wide security projects.

Thirteen chapters move the reader through the basic PM building blocks to defining and organizing the security project, building quality, forming a team, planning, managing and closing out the project and documenting project specific plans including, corporate, general, IT infrastructure, wireless and operational security. Each chapter ends with a succinct summary and a bulleted list of fast track solutions detailing main concepts for the reader to take away.

This book is well written in easy-to-digest language and a highly accessible format. It is recommended for large public libraries and academic and special library collections. Additional resources are available on the publisher’s website and, with registration readers can access a downloadable electronic version of How to Cheat at IT Project Management, a nice companion to this book.

Christine Noonan is currently an Information Specialist in the Pacific Northwest.

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