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How to Develop a Security Technology Architecture Using Gartner's Reference Architecture

Published: 22 November 2005

ID: G00204075

Analyst(s): Daniel Blum


In this Methodologies and Best Practices (MBP) document, Burton Group Research Director Dan Blum describes a high-level methodology for developing security technology architecture Principles, Technical Positions, and Templates. This MBP document explains the components of Burton Group's security technology Reference Architecture, and it provides insight into each phase of architecture development to identify prerequisites for proceeding and the roles of the technical and management teams involved.

Table Of Contents


  • Document Purpose
  • What Is Security Technology Architecture?
    • Architecture vs. Design
  • The Need for Architecture
  • Architecture Benefits
  • Architecture Time Frame
  • Architecture Development Process Goals

Architecture Components

  • Principles
    • Principles Framework
    • Principles Construction
  • Technical Positions
  • Templates

Security Technology Architecture Scope and Development Process

  • Scoping the Architecture to Domains and Technologies
  • Architecture Development Process
    • A. Define the Business Case
    • B. Assemble the Teams
    • C. Establish a Current Security Technology Architecture Baseline
    • D. Determine Business Requirements and Drivers for the Architecture
    • E. Perform Gap Analysis
    • F. Develop Target Security Technology Architecture
    • G. Develop Migration Strategy
    • H. Establish an Architectural Review Process


Appendix A: Security and Risk Management Strategies Principles Survey

  • Management Principles
  • Vendor Principles
  • User Principles

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