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Simple design

Security teams are under constant pressure to improve the security landscape of an organization. Usually, while faced with low budgets and resources, a primary practice in Agile IT Security is to keep our solutions as simple as possible. We also don't need to fully understand the solution or countermeasure in detail before we begin. We can learn and change as we build the solution. Look for models and solutions and how the industry at large is solving the problem at hand. Talk to experts in the field to see what solutions are recommended to solve the problem. Once we have a basic idea of what we want we can start to implement the solution. Keep in mind that the solution can and will change and we can always change the design along the way.

Simple design is based on a collaborative environment where all team members are allowed and encouraged to share ideas and concepts needed to implement a security solution. Each team member is unique and has a different perspective; collectively a team can create great simple designs. The idea is to design the solution just enough to get started and start working on the project. Over designing a solution is all too common in the early stages of design. Early design patterns should look for patterns and redundancies, which are the foundation of creating reusable processes in our solution. The traditional approach is to design everything upfront then execute the plan. The problem with this approach is that as we understand the solution and the problem better, early decisions are no longer relevant. With a simple design, we can quickly build a design to get started and revisit the design as needed.


  

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