The Business Leader’s Primer for Incorporating Privacy and Security into the SDLC Process

It is important for business leaders throughout the enterprise to understand the system development life cycle (SDLC) and how decisions made during the process can impact, negatively or positively, the entire business. First and foremost, systems and applications must be built to support the business in the most efficient and effective manner possible. Business leaders must be involved with the process to ensure systems and applications are being developed to meet this goal; the information technology (IT) areas cannot create applications and systems on their own and reach this goal. Second, applications and systems must be created to reduce risk to the level acceptable by the business, as well as to meet compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and contractual requirements. 

I just wrote and posted a paper,"The Business Leader’s Primer for Incorporating Privacy and Security" that provides an overview for business leaders about the importance of incorporating information security and privacy into the SDLC, and key information security and privacy activities to address within each SDLC phase.  Let me know what you think, and if you have additional ideas about this topic.

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