Let’s start by stating two assumptions we’re making in this book. First, we’re assuming you have a solid understanding of IT project management. If not, we have provided you with a free download of the book How to Cheat at IT Project Management (visit www.syngress.com/solutions to register this book and download the PDF) so you can fill in any gaps you may have. Second, we’ll assume that you have a fairly good understanding of network security.This book is not intended to teach you basic IT project management nor is it intended to teach you how to implement specific network security solutions for your particular situation. What this book will do is provide an operational framework for you to use in designing your own IT security project plan.
Now that we’ve gotten those details out of the way, let’s talk about network security. It’s a massive subject and an enormous undertaking for any network administrator out there in the real world right now. By creating a project plan for addressing network security, you can approach this sometimes onerous task with a well thought-out plan. By creating a comprehensive plan for network security, you can be confident your network is as secure as humanly possible.There is no magic bullet and network security is a never-ending task, but using a consistent methodology will reduce your errors and omissions. In network security, it’s often what you overlook that intruders exploit.