Andy Snook and I have talked for years about writing a security book for Dynamics GP. That’s not hyperbole, we started the conversation not long after the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Cookbook was published. Now our security book is a reality with the launch of the Microsoft Dynamics GP Security and Audit Field Manual.
The problem with security books is that they fall into one of two camps. Security books written by auditors explain good security principles, but don’t offer enough detail for use in a specific application. Books written for applications are often filled with details on boxes to check, but thin on important concepts like mitigating controls.
In the Security and Audit Field Manual, we’ve tried to tackle both. Each chapter addresses a set of security principles and details how those principles can be applied using features in Dynamics GP. The only other security book for GP, Richard Whaley’s excellent The Dynamics GP Security Handbook, has gone out of print, and a topic as important as this really needs it’s own reference.
We took a field manual approach to the book’s theme because we wanted something a little different. It’s not that we don’t love puppies and fields of flowers on technology books, but we wanted a book that would stand out because it was dog eared and stained from being in the trenches with GP users and consultants.
Dynamics GP MVP Mariano Gomez was kind enough to write the forward and MVP Belinda Allen helped review the manuscript to ensure that it met the level of quality we wanted.
Frankly, it was kind of annoying. Belinda kept emailing me about windows in the book that she didn’t know existed in GP, and about how it was making her see segregation of duties issues all over the place. She was kind enough to give me a nice quote for the book, so it evened out. [For those of you who don’t know, Belinda is also a friend, and she doesn’t mind being called annoying if it’s for a good cause.] From Belinda:
“This book is a must read for anyone in charge of Dynamics GP. I learned a lot from it, and I’m sure you will too.”
The Microsoft Dynamics GP Security and Audit Field Manual is available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. We will have a limited number of copies at Summit and we’re happy to sign them for folks, so stop by the Fastpath booth and say Hi!