MGT415: A Practical Introduction to Risk Assessment

A session at SANS Security West 2013

Wednesday 8th May, 2013

9:00am to 5:00pm (PST)

Almost every time we talk with an organization, whether that be a private company or a government agency, we meet people who want to use risk assessment as a tool, but are not actually using it as they could. No organization has enough resources to do everything they would like to defend themselves. At some point a priority decision has to be made. We either make those decisions individually based on whatever need seems to be the most pressing in front of us today, or we take a methodical approach, getting as much input from the business as possible. Risk management is the tool we have available for taking the methodical path.

This course has been written with practicality and usability in mind. Risk models and learning ALE to pass a certification test are fine, but to defend our systems, we need practical skills in risk assessment. This course will teach students the hands-on skills necessary to immediately start using risk assessment as a tool to defend their organization. -James & Kelli Tarala

In this course students will learn the practical skills necessary to perform regular risk assessments for their organizations. The ability to perform a risk assessment is crucial for organizations hoping to defend their systems. There are simply too many threats, too many potential vulnerabilities that could exist, and simply not enough resources to create an impregnable security infrastructure. Therefore every organization, whether they do so in an organized manner or not, will make priority decision on how best to defend their valuable data assets. Risk assessment should be the foundational tool used to facilitate thoughtful and purposeful defense strategies.

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James Tarala

CyberSecurity Consultant & IS Auditor with Enclave Security. Senior SANS Instructor & Audit Curriculum Author. bio from Twitter

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Time 9:00am5:00pm PST

Date Wed 8th May 2013

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