Gartner Research

Strengthen Basic Security Hygiene With a Two-Pronged Security Architecture Approach

Published: 05 March 2015

ID: G00272994

Analyst(s): Ben Tomhave


Gartner recommends a risk-based approach to IT security, but is also aware that certain fundamental practices are essential to providing the basis upon which to build an effective security program. This research provides a guide to basic security hygiene for security architects and managers.

Table Of Contents


  • Why This Research?
  • Why a Two-Pronged Approach?
  • Main Components of Basic Security Hygiene
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • On Firm Foundation Grounded
  • Put a Premium on Self-Awareness, Monitoring and Response
  • Adopt a Culture of Accountability
  • Build a Road Map Beyond the Basics
  • Root a Risk-Based Approach in Basic Security Hygiene

The Details

  • Governance and Risk Management
    • Security Program
    • Risk Management
    • Culture and Hierarchy
  • Security for Operations and Development
    • Operations
    • Development
  • Quality and Performance Management


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