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Achieve Level 4 Maturity in Gartner's ITScore for Information Security

Published: 29 October 2013

ID: G00238505

Analyst(s): Rob McMillan, Tom Scholtz

Summary

Organizations at Level 3 information security maturity have made the leap to protecting information as a corporate asset. CISOs in organizations at Level 3 should now initiate action to progress to Level 4 and make accountability models effective to produce high levels of resilience.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • The Business Case for Transition From Level 3 to Level 4
    • The Current State: Level 3 (Defined)
    • The Target State: Level 4 (Managed)
    • What Will Change During the Transition From Level 3 to Level 4
    • Benefits
    • Costs
  • The Key Actions
    • Put Your Governance Forum to Work by Explicitly Seeking Decisions and Guidance
    • Finalize and Confirm Accountabilities
    • Institute an Information Security Architecture Function That Is Aligned With the Organization's Enterprise Architecture Function
    • Implement a Strong Security Policy Framework and Management Program
    • Begin Measuring and Reporting the Effectiveness of the Security Program

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