Gartner Research

Institute Cybersecurity and Risk Governance Practices to Improve Information Security

Published: 26 January 2017

ID: G00317760

Analyst(s): Tom Scholtz , Rob McMillan


Effective governance should be a cornerstone of security programs, and ineffective governance is the most common cause of failure. Security and risk management leaders need to implement governance capabilities that support accountability, authority, risk management and assurance.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Implement Governance Processes and Activities That Support Accountability, Authority, Risk Management and Assurance
    • Set and Manage Accountability and Decision Rights
    • Decide Acceptable Risk
    • Enable Risk Control
    • Assure Control Effectiveness
  • Institute Appropriate Governance Roles and Forums
    • The Executive Sponsor
    • The Cybersecurity Steering Committee
    • Midlevel Forums
    • Cyber/Information Security Teams
  • Ensure That the Right People Are Involved in Governance Activities

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