Category Archives: Security Architecture

Slide Deck from a Presentation I gave to Middle Schoolers Regarding InfoSec

I was asked by a buddy that is a teacher to give a talk to school kids at the middle school he teaches at. Its in the Ferguson Florissant school district. So you know i’m not a walking egoist, i was asked to talk through what I do, and pick some things to engage the 13 year old population. I picked the Sony breach because of the relationship to Lizard Squad (whom surprisingly a lot of the 13 years recognized due to the xbox live/psn ddos of christmas personally impacting their ability to game).

Also, you’ll see a slide called The House. Its an exercise/game i did with the kids where i ask them to think about a house. Its got doors, windows, and even sometimes a chimney. How do you protect it? They would say things like locks, alarms, bullet proof windows, chimney blocks, dogs, etc. I’d then take each one and ask them to now try and think like an attacker and how would they get past that thing they just threw out. Then, i’d ask ok, how would you prevent someone from doing whatever that thing was. I stopped at that level. Then i told them, thats what we do when we threat model at work. And instead of a house we do it for the systems we are trying to protect.

Anyway, slide decks embedded. Not going to change your world, but side note did it all on google slides (their ppt tool) and was able to pull it up on any of the machines at the school tied to a projector AND it played animated gifs so it worked out well.

 

 

Security Architecture Resources

As an information security architect, you rely on past experiences and any resources available to you to guide the recommendation, guidance and designs you create. While there are resources out there, they are less than most disciplines. I just wanted to throw out a few that I highly recommend and have seen in my travels. (Also to have a quick place for myself to find them in a aggregated place). In no way the end all be all list, but some good info.

Favorites:

SecureArc Reference Architecture

The OpenGroup: Open Enterprise Security Architecture (O-ESA) & TOGAF

Open Security Architecture

Disclaimer-I’m not a fan of ISACA so linking to this must show that it clearly is a well written article. Security Architecture One Practitioners View

Others:

 SABSA 

TISN (Trusted Information Sharing Network out of Australia)

Lenny Zeltser’s Security Architecture Cheat Sheet for Internet Applications

Cliff Notes from Securityarchitecture.com regarding different Security Architecture Frameworks

ArcTecGroup’s Security Architecture Blueprint