Fortified by Effective Processes

Whether an organization is small with a relatively straightforward data environment or a larger entity with a data infrastructure that’s far-reaching and complex, it’s a good idea to identify and protect against security risks by establishing a security architecture program and the associated processes to implement it.

What Is a Security Architecture Program?

It is a unified set of processes that help identify potential security risks, address vulnerabilities, and lays out a plan of action should a risk turn into an actual security threat. To create an enterprise security architecture program, it's essential to consider these components:

Data and Asset Map Management

Mapping out where all data lives. Defines and manages specific categories of data so specific safeguards can be put into effect.

Architecture Documentation

This is a visual presentation of the preventive and detective safeguards that have been put in place within your security architecture.

Global Safeguards Responsibilities

Manage the enterprise security architecture with safeguards that might include identity management, application development, and logging and monitoring.

Security Architecture Measurement

An effective security architecture should have repeatable and measurable processes. This helps ensure the effectiveness of implemented safeguards.

Communication and Consulting

Proper communication, training, and interaction between the security architecture team, other employees, and third parties is vital.

Roadmap Development

Your security architecture roadmap should evolve with you. Constantly manage and develop new strategies, safeguards, and overall policies.

Risk Management Functions

Identify and assess security risks to security architecture-related processes, prioritizing them in order to determine the best course of action.

Roles and Responsibilities

Managed by the security architect, tasked with communicating with and reporting to the entire information technology architecture group.