The purpose of the design phase is to jointly discuss and agree upon management parameters of the defense grid implementation program. This includes a reiteration of the strategic underpinnings of effective defense grids for all stakeholders, alignment on objectives, budget, scope, timeline, contributing parties and similar aspects that set the baseline for subsequent program phases.
Existing defense solutions that are already in place can often be leveraged for the target defense grid. The second phase focuses on identification of what tools and products are in place, which defense capabilities they cover and what their true maturity state is with respect to coverage and configuration.
The third phase comprises the actual design of a technology architecture that supports all required defense grid capabilities. The complexity lies in tailoring this architecture to the requirements of the surrounding technology landscape, considering both functional and non-functional requirements that are relevant in the environment (e.g. performance, scalability or regulation).
Once the components of the defense grid have been designed in phase 3, the next phase is to align closely on suitable vendor products that are candidates to bring in the desired defense capability. This phase typically involves weighted evaluations, running integration POC's and ensuring that budget is allocated wisely. Depending on the specific requirements of the environment, both open source as well as commercial solutions can become part of the target stack.
Next, our teams will head into implementation to integrate the new stack and ensure it runs adequately. This phase can be executed solely by CISOCON or in close collaboration with onsite teams and development workflows.
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