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PO3.4 - Technology Standards

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Technology Standards

To provide consistent, effective and secure technological solutions enterprisewide, establish a technology forum to provide technology guidelines, advice on infrastructure products and guidance on the selection of technology, and measure compliance with these standards and guidelines. This forum should direct technology standards and practices based on their business relevance, risks and compliance with external requirements.

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Value Drivers

  • Increased control over information systems asset acquisitions, changes and disposals
  • Standardised acquisitions supporting the technological direction, increasing alignment and reducing risks
  • Scalable information systems reducing replacement costs
  • Consistency in technology throughout the enterprise, improving efficiency and reducing support, licensing and maintenance costs
  Risk Drivers
  • Incompatibilities between technology platforms and applications
  • Deviations from the approved technological direction
  • Licensing violations
  • Increased support, replacement and maintenance costs
  • Inability to access historical data on unsupported technology

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  1. Ensure that corporate technology standards are approved by the IT architecture board and communicated throughout the organisation by using a technology forum.
  2. Ensure that management establishes and maintains an approved list of vendors and system components that conform with the technological infrastructure plan and technology standards.
  3. Establish a process to prevent the acquisition of non-conforming systems or applications.
  4. Put technology guidelines in place to effectively support the organisation’s technological solutions.
  5. Put in place monitoring and benchmarking processes, such as measuring non-compliance to technology standards, to ensure compliance to the standards.
  6. Update technology standards as part of a periodic review of the technological infrastructure plan. Ensure that all stakeholders are involved in the development and approval of migration strategies and change plans, taking into consideration impacts on personnel and operations.
  7. Align the information systems department’s recruiting and training practices with the technology standards.

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Volume 2, 2018
by Ron Davidson
The threat landscape has changed significantly for operational technology (OT) environments as their connectivity to IT networks and the Internet has exponentially increased.
Volume 2, 2018
by Ed Moyle
Sometimes leveraging what is available can get us around obstacles that would otherwise be crippling to accomplishing our goals.
Volume 2, 2018
by Robert E. Davis, DBA, CISA, CICA
Innovation is the process of transforming an idea or concept into a functional and marketable value proposition reflecting creative opportunity.
Volume 2, 2018
Until a few years ago, many organizations did not adopt new technologies unless they were proven, stabilized and in use.
Volume 1, 2018
by Aditya K. Sood, Ph.D., and Rehan Jalil
With the robust requirements listed by upcoming regulations, such as GDPR, the importance of a cloud app security solution cannot be ignored.
Volume 1, 2018
by Ed Moyle
There are, literally, hundreds (if not thousands) of tools that can be purchased, adapted or applied to forwarding data protection.

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