Scoping the project is the real beginning of the vulnerability assessment. In this phase, a formal document will be developed that will define the activities you and your team will undertake. It will also outline what type of schedule this project will be on and the amount of support that will be needed.
The scoping document will also outline the infrastructure perimeterthat is, what portion of the network will be examined and what portions will be off-limits. This document will act as the road map of planned activities and as such will include evaluation activities, time schedules, and resources available to the team. This document should be approved by a high-level security officer and should contain a nondisclosure clause and a legal clause to protect the team.
Introduction to Assessing Network Vulnerabilities
Foundations and Principles of Security
Why Risk Assessment
Scoping the Project
Understanding the Attacker
Performing the Assessment
Tools Used for Assessments and Evaluations
Preparing the Final Report
Appendix A. Security Assessment Resources
Appendix B. Security Assessment Forms
Appendix C. Security Assessment Sample Report
Appendix D. Dealing with Consultants and Outside Vendors
Appendix E. SIRT Team Report Format Template