Gartner Research

The Characteristics of a Defensible Security Program

Published: 15 February 2019

ID: G00377431

Analyst(s): Tom Scholtz


Effective cybersecurity is predicated on a defensible security program. Security and risk management leaders can use this research to understand the characteristics of a continuous security program that is defensible and ensures balance between protection and the need to run the business.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Ensure Clear Accountability for Information Risk to Enable Effective Risk-Based Control Decisions
  • Build a Standards-Based Program That Reflects the Unique Business Context of the Enterprise
  • Engineer the Program for Agility and Continuous Improvement

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