Enterprise Architects Must Prioritize Security
A big part of an enterprise architecture leader’s role involves enterprise security. Recently, Aragon Research released a research note to help enterprise architects navigate the security landscape and learn how to have a positive impact on how their business responds to security risks and threats. “They can determine whether the business response is reactive or strategic,” says VP of Research, Betsy Burton. As an enterprise architect, you must be prepared to guide your organization through the ins and outs of enterprise security.
What is Enterprise Architecture?
Enterprise architecture (EA) is a critical discipline that helps enterprises align their assets with their business strategy. It involves business outcome-focused roadmaps, models, and frameworks. These valuable insights provide data that leads business and IT leaders to recommendations that ultimately help them make more informed investment decisions. This can lead to stronger structures within the organization and better business outcomes.
Where Does Security Come In?
With today’s ever-evolving and innovative technology landscape, new (and more sophisticated) cyber threats and risks constantly arise. This is partly due to business becoming virtual and remote work being at an all-time high–more is being done online, opening a whole new set of cybersecurity issues.
Security can not be left to IT teams alone–it must be at the forefront of all operations of a business. Because of this, it is important that Enterprise Architects also make security a top priority in every aspect of their role. Enterprise architects can provide crucial guidance to keep enterprises secure–guidance that should not be ignored.
As mentioned earlier, we recently released a research note that dives further into these complex topics–‘Security Is A First Priority: What Do EA Leaders Do?’. Authored by Betsy Burton, VP of Research, and Craig Kennedy, Sr. Director of Research, the report explores ten best practices EA leaders must employ to deliver the highest value to their organization to help guide both a strategic and a future-state informed operational response.
This research note breaks down the following:
- Best Practices: The report lists 10 best practices to ensure that EA leaders deliver security guidance and value to their organizations.
- Actions for EA leaders: Under each best practice, the report offers actionable advice for how EA leaders can begin implementing that tactic.
- Aragon Advisory: The report wraps up with a list of next steps for EA leaders to take to tackle enterprise security.
Security as an afterthought can be detrimental to any organization. Enterprise Architects have the ability to help business and IT leaders keep security at the forefront of all business operations, taking a proactive approach to keeping the organization safe and secure. If you are in an EA role, or any business and IT role, this research note will give you crucial insight into strengthening your approach to security.