Develop a Network Security Roadmap to Lower Incident Costs and Increase Efficiency

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Organizations need a network security roadmap because of:

  • APTs – the threat landscape is more unpredictable than ever. You can’t afford not to plan.
  • An increased focus on meeting compliance regulations due to the unpredictable threat landscape.
  • Mobile device landscape – security must be applied beyond your perimeter, which means you’ll be dealing with different threats.
  • Cloud proliferation – secure your networks end-to-end.

If you have a network security roadmap, there is:

  • Increased preparedness (for the annual budget cycle and the ability to defend security).
  • Increased security against risk.
  • Proactive posture towards the threat landscape.
  • Future-looking agenda to address security goals in the long-term.
  • Minimized number of potential breaches.
  • Minimized impact of potential breaches.
  • Minimized cost and time of responding to breaches and dealing with potential network downtime (and subsequent employee and client dissatisfaction and business grief).

Module 1: Conduct Current State Analysis

The Purpose

  • Understand risk tolerance levels.
  • Discuss organizational reality.
  • Establish how much risk your organization is willing to accept.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Determine risk tolerance level.
  • Understand that risk encompasses business and IT.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Establish risk tolerance level (high, moderate, or low).
  • Risk tolerance level
1.2 Establish organizational reality.

Module 2: Establish Organization’s Threat Landscape

The Purpose

  • Understand current threat landscape.
  • Predict future threats.
  • Understand value of third-party pen-testing.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Establishes baseline of how well you’re handling current threats, and forces you to think more into the future and be more anticipatory of threats.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Understand the threat landscape.
  • Information Security Event Analysis Tool
2.2 Anticipate future threat landscape.

Module 3: Determine Roadmap Deployment Priorities

The Purpose

  • Determine next steps in the form of a prioritized roadmap – what do we deploy and when?

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Map business requirements to security needs, bridging an important gap in organizations.
  • Create a roadmap with your organization’s needs in mind.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Determine business requirements.
  • Network Security Implementation Roadmap Tool
3.2 Establish security priorities.
3.3 Document currently deployed security tools.

Module 4: Obtain Business Buy-in

The Purpose

  • It is one thing to create a roadmap, but business ultimately decides whether to pay for any implementations you request.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Demonstrate that you have taken business needs into consideration and addressed them within your roadmap to achieve stakeholder support.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Understand business needs.
4.2 Establish a communication strategy to sell the roadmap to business stakeholders.
  • Communication and Business Justification Deck

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