Establishing an information security program can be challenging. The process of establishing such a program takes a number of steps. Our exclusive Cisco Services white paper focuses on two critical steps - scoping and structuring the information security program while keeping business relevancy.
Information security programs should be designed so that risks inherently associated with business objectives are adequately managed. Business objectives can vary in nature, but they all require supporting assets so that they can be accomplished. Chief information security officers (CISOs) are expected to align long-term and short-term goals with these business objectives while maintaining the safety and security of tangible (people, systems, etc.) and intangible (reputation, brand, etc.) assets. A properly scoped and structured information security program that is developed around supporting business objectives establishes the level of governance that helps maintain this alignment. Such a program has proven to be ideal to deliver on both short-term and long-term goals.
A well-structured program establishes a solid foundation for a long-term relationship between the CISO and business executives. It provides CISOs with tools that help them anticipate and overcome potential challenges. Some common questions we find that CISOs are trying to address include:
- What should the information security program cover?
- What is the best way to design an effective program?
- How can the program achieve high impact? •How effective is the program and how can this be demonstrated to executives?
- How can we better integrate the program into the organization?
- How can I market my program?
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