Gartner Research

Adaptive Governance Is the Key to Digital Business Risk Management

Published: 27 June 2019

ID: G00379101

Analyst(s): Richard Hunter


The business impacts of security and privacy breakdowns are growing exponentially. Technology offers only partial solutions. CIOs must join IT security, privacy and risk within the governance framework for digital business.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Question
  • Opportunities and Challenges
  • How This Report Will Help


  • Acknowledgments

Executive Summary

  • Governance Is the Most Important Tool Enterprises Have
  • Adaptive Governance Supplies the Structure for Risk Governance

Section 1: Understand the Causes of Security, Privacy and Risk Vulnerabilities

  • Where Security Failures Comes From
    • Focus on Making Defensible Decisions
  • Privacy Concerns Reach a Tipping Point
    • Risk

Section 2: Design Adaptive Governance for Digital Business

  • Adaptive IT Governance Fits Within Enterprise Governance
    • The Elements of Adaptive Governance
    • Governance Roles and Functions
    • Owner Accountability

Section 3: Implement Adaptive Governance for Digital Business

  • Implement Adaptive Governance
  • Build an Iterative Plan to Introduce Adaptive Governance Styles
    • Assess the Current State
    • Define the Future State
    • Create an Iterative Roadmap
  • Add Security and Risk Management to Adaptive Governance
    • Set and Manage Accountability and Decision Rights
    • Decide Acceptable Risk
    • Enable Risk Control
    • Assure Control Effectiveness
  • Adopt Privacy Engineering
  • Prepare to Meet Digital Business Regulations
    • Get Real About Digital Business Impacts
    • Digital Regulation Will Address Three Targets
  • Conclusion

Further Reading

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