Security Strategy: A Comprehensive 3D Approach
It shouldn't be news to anyone that a well-defined, multi-dimensional strategy is critical in our rapidly evolving landscape of the early 21st century.
I recently noticed that security strategies go through three phases, consciously or by default. When I drafted a security strategy for a client recently, I called it the 3D Security Strategy Model, and I will share it with you here if it is helpful.
The 3D refers to the phases of Define, Design, and Deliver. The idea is to formulate and communicate a holistic approach to security that can be shared with stakeholders, particularly senior managers and the Board.
1. DEFINE: Setting the Standards
Defining the standards and objectives is foundational. They provide the context, the benchmarks, and the vision. Without these, the security strategy is navigating blind.
What do we mean by 'define'?
Integrated System of Standards: By creating a system of standards and specifications tailored to various tiered levels—based on value, cost, threat, and opportunity—organizations can ensure a targeted and scalable security approach.
Implementation Plans: These are blueprints created by identifying the gaps between the desired system and existing systems or infrastructure. It’s about visualizing the end goal and then charting the course.
How do we go about defining?
To 'define' is to engage in comprehensive risk assessments, stakeholder consultations, and threat modeling. It involves setting clear objectives, creating benchmark metrics, and aligning with organizational goals.
2. DESIGN: Architecting the Solution
Design is about creating tailored solutions once we've defined our terrain and objectives. It’s the bridge between our objectives and actionable plans.
What encompasses 'design'?
Security Solutions: This involves determining the right security solutions for different operational sites, including integrated national monitoring, CCTV, ANPR, EACS, AI, and manpower.
Management Systems: A robust management system is needed to deliver these solutions efficiently, ensuring alignment with existing capabilities and maximizing efficiency.
How is the design achieved?
Designing requires collaboration between security experts, IT teams, and organizational leaders. It involves prototyping, feedback loops, and iterative refinements.
3. DELIVER: Implementation & Refinement
Designs and plans mean little without execution. Delivery is where plans come to life, where real-world challenges are met and overcome.
What is involved in 'deliver'?
Procurement: Obtaining the right security solutions, including infrastructure and personnel, is vital. Procurement is a key part of this and it needs to be resourced accordingly.
Incremental Implementation: It’s not about deploying everything simultaneously but about a phased approach, testing and refining solutions based on tier-one priorities and KPI reporting. Project management is the core skill in this phase.
How do we ensure successful delivery?
Delivery requires rigorous training, regular monitoring, and continuous feedback. It involves setting clear KPIs, monitoring them, and making necessary adjustments.
The 3D Security Strategy is a dynamic, comprehensive approach to organizational security. By defining the context, designing tailored solutions, and delivering them effectively, organizations can ensure they are well-equipped to face current and future security challenges.