Gartner Research

Security Governance, Management and Operations Are Not the Same

Published: 23 January 2013

ID: G00235293

Analyst(s): Rob McMillan, Tom Scholtz


Organizations sometimes confuse IT security governance, security management and security operations, leading to performance failure, conflict of interest and organizational dysfunction. This research clarifies the distinction to help clients position and align these functions.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Focus on Business Outcomes by Establishing a Security Governance Forum That Does Not Become Mired in Operational Issues, but Gives Direction and Oversight
  • Develop Clear, Documented Descriptions of the Function of the Security Governance, Management and Operations Layers
    • The Role of Information Security Governance
    • The Role of IT Security Management
    • The Role of IT Security Operations
  • Ensure That the Security Governance Forum Itself Has Sufficient Separation From Security Management and Security Operations to Avoid a Conflict of Interest

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