Gartner Research

Framework for Creating a Security Technology Architecture

Published: 19 April 2011

ID: G00209994

Analyst(s): Daniel Blum, Phil Schacter


Gartner IT1 includes a security technology Reference Architecture. This document provides guidance on creating a customized security technology architecture for any organization based on the IT1 framework and methodology, including the use of guiding principles, Decision Points, and templates. The framework also 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

Summary of Findings

Guidance Context

  • Architecture vs. Design
  • The Need for Architecture
  • Problem Statement
  • Guidance Applicability
  • Related Guidance

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • A. Define the Business Case
    • Architecture Benefits
  • B. Assemble the Teams
  • C. Establish a Current Security Technology Architecture Baseline
  • D. Determine Business Requirements and Drivers for the Architecture
    • Business Requirements
    • Security Program Drivers
    • Requirements Collection Process
    • High-Level Technical Requirements
    • Architecture Time Frame
  • E. Perform Gap Analysis
  • F. Develop a Target Security Technology Architecture
    • Architecture Development Process Goals
    • Principles
    • Decision Points
    • Templates
  • G. Develop a Road Map and Migration Strategy
  • Follow Up

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Business Alignment
  • IT Initiatives in Conflict
  • Risk Tolerance


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Revision History

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