“Everyone has gotten sick of chasing the rabbit and continuing to fail,” said Dr. Chase Cunningham, a principal analyst at Forrester Research. “Obviously the current strategy many agencies were using wasn’t right so let’s take a step back and do what’s right in fixing the problem.”

 

That step back helped Forrester create a nine-step framework for agencies or any organization to follow.

 

“If you look at where you start, you can’t fix or fight what you don’t know is in existence. The breadth and depth of any infrastructure that you are trying to protect is so great that if don’t have a baseline how can you put in controls to fix it?” he said. “It’s nothing other than data and network security, but it’s the hardest part of the problem to solve. No one knows where their data is and what the value of that data is.”

 

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