Gartner Research

Role Definition and Organizational Structure: Security Officer

Published: 10 January 2006

ID: G00136653

Analyst(s): Tom Scholtz


The effectiveness of information security practices depends to a large degree on the way that security responsibilities are organized. While best practices are important, organizational realities (cultural and political) must be taken into account when structuring security teams.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Predictions
  • Recommendation
  • What Are Organizations Currently Doing?
  • The Basics: Nonnegotiable Roles and Associated Responsibilities
  • So What's in a Title, Then?
  • The Reporting Structure in a Perfect World
  • The Pros and Cons of Different Reporting Structures
  • Other Factors That Influence Organization Design
  • A Model for Decentralized/Federated Organizations
  • Some Contrary Strategies

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