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A Guidance Framework for Establishing Your Approach to Security Architecture

Published: 03 June 2019

ID: G00385515

Analyst(s): Richard Bartley


Implementing a security architecture capability requires careful preparation. This guidance framework can help security and risk management technical professionals familiarize themselves with key concepts and decision points that will facilitate the creation of security architecture processes.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
  • 1. Start by Making Security Architecture a Dynamic, Living Process
    • 1.a. Stakeholder Management
    • 1.b. Build Security Architecture Into Your Business
    • 1.c. Decide on Risk Triggers and Thresholds to Review and Revise Established Architecture
  • 2. Define Your Scope and Understand the Environment
    • 2.a. Obtain Existing Risk Profile
    • 2.b. Identify Scope for Architecture
    • 2.c. Identify Existing Security Standards and Internal Control Frameworks
    • 2.d. Identify Existing Security Systems and Capabilities
  • 3. Decide on a Security Architecture Strategy
    • 3.a. Decide on a Security Architecture Strategy
    • 3.b. Identify Means to Obtain Contextual Organizational Insights
    • 3.c. Plan Communications and Sessions
  • 4. Support the Development of Logical Security Architecture
    • 4.a. Identify Your Approach to Developing Logical Security Architecture
    • 4.b. Facilitate Control Assignment
    • 4.c. Incorporate Security Frameworks, Guidance and Best Practices Into Logical Security Architecture
  • 5. Facilitate the Design of the Technical Security Architecture
    • 5.a. Support the Design for Technical Security Architecture
    • 5.b. Assure Layered Defenses
    • 5.c. Manage Traceability Back to Strategy
    • 5.d. Support Component and Vendor Selection Decision Making

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