The set of ad hoc activities will be transformed by the way information security is to be approached. These activities will be modified to a coordinated approach to principles, adaptive solutions and behaviors that fit business requirements.
This will lead to reduced budgets and development of strategic programs. There will be an increase in the organizations that address regulatory compliance using a comprehensive program.
The benefits of ISA might not be new to security experts but developing and maintaining information security architecture is not an easy task. Information security domain has very complex dynamics, but it requires a considerable investment of human resources to develop an efficient architecture.
To ensure that such commitment can be maintained for a long period, clearly documented and communicated benefits must be established by enterprise architects and security professionals.
Industries’ reference standards and models are continuously changing; but the emergence of universal industry-wide information security remains to be indefinable. Because of these changes, businesses are advised to develop and maintain their own ISAs, using the recommended industry models and articles.
Nearly 40% of large organizations have invested in information security benefits. However, most of these investments are focused on technology. This growth is projected to grow to 60% in the following years, and the nature of the designs will be more strategic not technology-centered.
The following are the benefits of information security architecture (ISA)
Businesses always get a common vision for information security across their departments from ISA. Information security is addressed differently depending on business the departments which have specific objectives and motivations.
Executives will take information security as part of their strategic managements and legal duties. Business managers will be forced by ISA to take responsibility for the integrity of their data and applications they own.
IT organizations will be required to provide secure services to businesses while individual employees will be required to show good corporate citizenship. A common vision in businesses is imperative, given the sheer scale, impact, and reach of information security across all corners of the business.
Organizations will be assisted by the ISA to align their initiatives, strategies, and activities to achieve the common vision. This helps in reducing dormant activities, improves consistency, increase re-use of resources and improves the speed and progress towards achievement of the common vision.
ISA improves common, understandable language for internal communication by establishing common definitions of information security. Many security terms which have been in existence for many years are usually not in common use outside the information security community. Also, as the information security discipline continues to evolve, new terms will also continue to emerge.
Collaboration is required for information security to be effective in businesses. Thus, it’s important for all departments in the business to have a common understanding of terminologies used in ISA.
Also, ISA helps business owners to understand the language used in external communication; that is, the words used amongst vendors and suppliers.
Languages used in information security can be at times misunderstood due to the nature of the information security market. Therefore, ISA consistently provides a set of terminologies that can greatly help people understand these terms.
Businesses which apply ISA successfully, they can be provided with a platform to help them understand the common processes, principles and management tools that assist in implementing security solutions which are in line with the business requirements. Through this, businesses can be able to choose and have a meaningful balance between flexibility and consistency.
ISA helps a business’ stakeholders to understand information regarding security, risk management, and regulatory compliance. Most regulators agree that addressing these issues is a continuous and ongoing process, not a single process. The main way to deal with these issues is to document all the actions taken and understand the reasons they were taken.