Governing for Enterprise Security
June 2005 • Technical Note
Julia H. Allen
In this 2005 report, Julia Allen examines governance thinking, principles, and approaches and applies them to the subject of enterprise security.
Software Engineering Institute
CMU/SEI Report Number
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):10.1184/R1/6573995.v1
Governing for enterprise security means viewing adequate security as a non-negotiable requirement of being in business. If an organizations management—including boards of directors, senior executives, and all managers—does not establish and reinforce the business need for effective enterprise security, the organizations desired state of security will not be articulated, achieved, or sustained. To achieve a sustainable capability, organizations must make enterprise security the responsibility of leaders at a governance level, not of other organizational roles that lack the authority, accountability, and resources to act and enforce compliance.
This technical report examines governance thinking, principles, and approaches and applies them to the subject of enterprise security. Its primary intent is to increase awareness and understanding of the issues, opportunities, and possible approaches related to treating security as a governance concern. In addition, this report identifies resources for enterprise security that leaders can use both within their organizations and with their networked partners, suppliers, and customers.