Gartner Research

The Security Processes You Must Get Right

Published: 23 January 2013

ID: G00236461

Analyst(s): Rob McMillan


A catalog of core security processes is necessary to satisfy governance and audit requirements, to demonstrate value to the business, to provide the foundation for continuous improvement, and to successfully keep pace with the industrialization of IT.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Why You Must Get These Processes Right


  • CISOs Must Understand What "Getting the Process Right" Really Means, and Ensure That the Right Documentation Exists
  • CISOs Must Own the Following Six Security Processes and Ensure That They Are Defined and Executed Reliably
    • Security Governance
    • Policy Management
    • Awareness and Education
    • Identity and Access Management
    • Vulnerability Management
    • Incident Response
  • CISOs Must Ensure That the Following Four Processes Are Defined and Executed Reliably, Regardless of Ownership
    • Change Management
    • Business Continuity Management and Disaster Recovery Management
    • Project Life Cycle Management
    • Vendor Management
  • CISOs Should Use Gartner's ITScore Methodology to Assess the Maturity of Their Processes, and to Plan and Measure Improvement
  • Appendix
    • Common Standards and Frameworks

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