7 key points that influence Enterprise Security Architecture and determine its success

While it is desirable to standardize and apply good practices from other organizations, each enterprise has its particularities, which are reflected in its ESA practice. For example, something important in a certain environment, may be less so in another. It is thus important to analyze the context in which the ESA function operates, to identify the environmental factors that must be accounted for, and to under- stand how they will shape the ESA function.This helps to determine the objectives for security architecture.

The ESA does not always need to be installed by design, and can be developed progressively over time, enabling the organization to make a sound choice for a security architecture that matches its needs. Certain environmental factors inevitably shape the context in which the security architecture practice takes place. And while the size of an organization may frequently reflect the size and maturity of its security architecture practice, other factors also play a major role.

We have identified the following environmental factors:

  1. Size of the organization

  2. Organization of the business 

  3. Sector and industry 

  4. Company culture

  5. Risk appetite

  6. Sourcing and vendor selection strategy 

  7. Innovation and self-disruption strategy