Gartner Research

Creating Security Standards: Context, Structure and Must-Have Content

Published: 08 May 2019

ID: G00363608

Analyst(s): Mike Wonham


Security and risk management technical professionals must create clear, usable security standards to address risks effectively. This guidance shows how to write standards, select controls based on scenario risk and build the processes that keep the governance relevant to a changing environment.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

  • Structuring the Governance
  • Policies and Standards — a Clarification
  • The Importance of Classifying Data
  • Deciding the Governance Level

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Identify Standards Committee and Contributors
    • Identify Influences and Constraints
    • Involve Risk Management Process
  • Determine Control Requirements
    • Identify the Domains for Coverage
    • Define Minimum Controls
  • Write Standards
    • Draft Documents to Reflect Control Requirements
    • Test Documents With Intended Audience
    • Build Exceptions Process
  • Implementation
    • Gain Approval and Publish
    • Address the Pre-existing Environment
    • Compliance Reporting
  • Governance
    • Continuous Review Cycle
    • Monitor for Threats That Drive Review
  • Risks and Pitfalls
    • Missing an Appropriate Control Strength
    • Policies Versus Standards
    • Large Document Sets
    • Time and Resources
    • Risk Management Dependency
    • Compliance and Enforcement
  • Related Guidance

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