In addition, IT executives must find a way to communicate the business value of IT and risk to various business leaders within the organization. In order to do so, they must have an understanding of the organizational structure which supports corporate IT risk management, measures and enhances capability, and can communicate IT risk in business terms. Currently, organizations are deploying a number of strategies and frameworks to assess their organization’s risk and security posture – everything from ISO to COBIT. While these frameworks are often helpful, they generally provide information that is most relevant and specific to security professionals and IT risk champions.
An enterprise organization also needs to fill the gap between IT and business, a comprehensive ‘security blueprint’ which enables an organization to evaluate their IT security posture and allows them to communicate the current state back to business leaders. Using such a methodology allows security and IT professionals to evaluate the maturity of security program capabilities, identify areas of strength and opportunities for improvement, recommend an action plan, and communicate the overall security posture and plan of action with executive management. A security blueprint gives IT the tools to engage senior management, business stakeholders, and technical owners, and provides a roadmap for achieving goals.
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