Enterprise Security Architecture 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?
A security architecture program 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 map out all informational assets within an organization. Creation of the program also involves selecting and managing which safeguards will be put into place, as well as constantly assessing and retooling those safeguards as the need arises.
Data and Asset Map Management
In order to protect your organization's data, you have to first understand what needs to be protected. This process involves mapping out where all of your data lives within your organization. It also defines and manages specific categories of data so that specific safeguards can be put into effect to manage certain types of information.
Communication and Consulting
A security architecture program's success depends on its implementation. Proper communication, training, and interaction between the security architecture team, other employees, and third parties is vital so everyone understands the security architecture policies and is implementing chosen standards.
Risk Management Functions
These functions involve identifying security risks, as well as assessing them and prioritizing them in order to determine the best course of action. Security architecture-related processes should be integrated into your organization's overall security risk management functions.
Roles and Responsibilities
Roles and responsibilities within the security architecture are managed by the security architect — an individual who is not only tasked with directing the security architecture team but is also responsible for communicating with and reporting to the entire information technology architecture group.