Information Security Architecture | Suite of Preventive & Detective Safeguards

What is an Information Security Architecture?

An information security architecture program is associated with the management and effectivity of the suite of preventive and detective safeguards as a whole within an environment.

The goal of information security architecture program is to ensure that all of the security technologies implemented within the environment work together to meet organizational goals. This also often includes understanding the assets and associated data that live within an environment, and the measurement and management of the safeguards that protect those elements.

Common Information Security Architecture Elements:

Data Map – This diagram illustrates where all of the information and assets are located within an organization.

Information Security Architecture Diagram – Illustrates where preventive and detective safeguards are located within an environment.

Information Security Architecture Program Charter- Illustrates the mission and mandate, roles and responsibilities and objectives of the information security architecture program.

Process Documentation- Every process area associated with an information security architecture mgmt. should have defined roles and responsibilities, business rules and associated tools for each process.

Associated Role- The information security architecture program is often managed by the information security architect.

Associated Functions

Information security architecture management is generally comprised of the following functions:

Mgmt. Of Data & Asset Map – It is hard to have an effective security architecture if you do not understand what the architecture is protecting. This function understands, categorizes, and documents where information and assets are located within the environment.

Documentation of Information Security Architecture – This is the visual presentation of the preventive and detective security safeguards within the environment.

Global Safeguards Responsibilities – It is common for the information security architecture to have either operational or oversight responsibilities over safeguards that are global in nature. Some examples would be associated with Identity Mgmt., Application Development, or logging and monitoring, though there can be others with varying levels of responsibility and accountability for the information security architecture program.

Measurement of Information Security Architecture Effectiveness- These are processes for managing the effectiveness and susceptibility of implemented safeguards within the environment.

Information Security Architecture Communication & Consulting- Since an effective information security architecture includes safeguards implemented across an entire business, this function is designed to support communication and interaction with all areas of the business.

Development & Mgmt. of Information Security Architecture Roadmap- As an organization changes, so will the requirements for an effective information security architecture to protect it.

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