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By Dan Blum

A Practical Approach to Enterprise Security Architecture (ESA)

An enterprise security architecture (ESA) is a critical component to an enterprise architecture (EA) that describes how IT services, processes, and technologies should be protected given a customer’s unique business, security, and compliance requirements.

1 Understanding ESA

Like a building, an enterprise IT environment needs an architecture to be most useful and efficient. Thus, the need for IT architecture, or “EA” i ...

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2 Recommendations

An Enterprise Security Architecture (ESA) should provide a framework that ties security, risk, and audit processes and infrastructure closely to broad ...

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3 Analysis

An ESA spans organizational, conceptual, logical, and physical IT layers. It provides a coherent structure for security governance and management, con ...

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3.1 Available Architecture Standards for Security

Multiple types of industry standards shown in Table 1 contain elements of security architecture. Those in the first row could provide an ESA; those in ...

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3.2 Basic ESA: Use NIST CSF for Control Priorization and Alignment

The U.S. NIST CSF Version 1.1 was developed to help organizations relatively quickly assess and improve their security posture. Although initially cre ...

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4 Comprehensive ESA: Distill and Adopt Core Concepts from SABSA

SABSA is a model and methodology for enterprise security architecture and service management. It was developed independently from EA models, but uses ...

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5 Summary

Using ESA, customers can better align IT, security, and risk processes and architecture. Customers can begin to view security issues such as vulnerabi ...

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