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A Roadmap for Security Portfolio Prioritization: Adding Rigor to Security Investment Decisions

Published: 15 July 2018

ID: G00346030

Analyst(s): Information Risk Research Team


Digitization increases the strain on Security, so CISOs must do a better job of deciding what projects are prioritized. This research helps CISOs define portfolio objectives, triage resources, and more effectively communicate prioritization decisions to stakeholders. Using this guidance, CISOs can make better portfolio prioritization decisions.

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Why CISOs Need a More Rigorous Approach to Portfolio Prioritization

Achieving a More Rigorous Approach to Security Portfolio Prioritization

1. Defining Portfolio Objectives

A. Invest disproportionately in projects that enable core business capabilities.

2. Triaging Projects

a. Use a lightweight assessment to fast-track projects with clear business impact.

b. Use a more rigorous secondary assessment for medium-impact projects.

3. Communicating Portfolio Decisions

A. Contextualize portfolio decisions within a common narrative of business enablement.

B. Allow stakeholders to fine-tune security resources to ensure continuous business alignment.


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