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

Published: 13 October 2016

ID: G00315363

Analyst(s): Rob McMillan , Sam Olyaei


Organizations at Level 3 information security maturity have made the leap to protecting information as an enterprise asset. Security and risk management leaders in Level 3 organizations should initiate projects that will move them to Level 4 and implement accountability models to support resilience.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • The Business Case for Transition From Level 3 to Level 4
    • The Current State: Level 3 (Defined)
    • The Target State: Level 4 (Managed)
    • What Needs to Change During the Transition From Level 3 to Level 4
    • A Risk Hierarchy for Enterprise and IT Risk Managers
    • Costs
  • The Key Actions
    • Put Your Governance Forum to Work by Explicitly Seeking Decisions and Guidance
    • Implement a Strong Security Policy Framework and Management Program
    • Finalize and Assign Accountability (i.e., Document Who's Responsible for What), and Have the Assignments Approved at the Highest Level
    • Institute an Information Security Architecture Function That's Aligned With the Organization's Strategic Planning Process
    • Interpret Security Measurements and Use Metrics to Inform Executives About Relevant, Useful Context and Narrative

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