Benefits of using iServer for Security Architecture

The business benefits of using iServer for your Security Architecture

Track the progress and maturity of your security architecture over time and ensure alignment to security frameworks and methodologies. iServer's central repository provides a secure location to develop and implement a robust security architecture.

There are many benefits associated with building your security architecture in iServer. It allows users to deliver security solutions by aligning to mainstream security frameworks and giving them the tools to identify and communicate important insights to stakeholders on all organizational levels. Below you can find some of the most significant benefits.


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iServer provides Single Source of Truth

Single Source of Truth

iServer creates a single source of truth for your security architecture. The platform provides a central repository for your team to collaborate on models, catalogs and documentation. Thus, it establishes a collaborative modeling practice built on Microsoft Visio, which creates a familiar and trustworthy environment for your organization to develop its architecture. The repository is the storage point for all the artifacts (which are governed by an underlying meta-model), architecture diagrams (in Visio format) and documentation (in various formats). The repository provides a number of governance and collaboration features so as to minimize the risk of unauthorized submissions or duplication through features such as role-based permissions, change management (versioning) and email alerts.

iServer aids strategically sound planning

Strategically Sound Planning

Having the iServer repository preconfigured with a certain framework, as well as having a number of widely accepted templates and models to guide your initiatives, ensures you deliver solid, reliable work. What does that mean? Ultimately, this body of work translates into great decision making by management, which leads to a sound security architecture and continued success for the enterprise.

iServer help maximize value from insights

Value-Maximizing Insights

With its advanced dashboards capabilities, iServer allows users to gain insights that would have otherwise been out of their reach. By tapping into this valuable reservoir of information that might otherwise remain unused, the company effectively receives an extra layer of knowledge that can be incorporated in their strategic planning processes. For instance, users can easily view the relationships between business goals and security requirements, on one hand, and application and technology level components on the other. This insight into the extensive importance of security within the enterprise allows for a holistic approach to IT strategy, and supports a security outcome driven approach to IT investment, management and governance. Since these dashboards and views greatly facilitate the exchange of information, it also maximizes the chance of having a good idea get traction with the right stakeholders and thus drive additional value for the company. Communicating information is just as important as discovering it, which is why these tools that allow you to build engaging presentations are so important.

iServer helps align your work to industry standards

Alignment with Industry Best Practice

iServer provides support for a vast range of frameworks. Building your business architecture on a platform that provides you with all the tools to succeed (e.g. preconfigured repository, meta-model, attractive Visio notations, validation rules etc.) contributes significantly achieving a high standard of work. The iServer SABSA meta-model describes all the object and relationship types mentioned in the specification. The meta-model consists of concepts that can be used to model security architecture to SABSA specifications. iServer also enables users to add extensions to the meta-model. Users can create attributes for each object level within the solution, such as a business object which has its own business related attributes. Users can also reuse any existing TOGAF attributes to extend the attribute profile.

When you develop your business architecture in accordance with industry best practice, you can expect safe, streamline and cost effective processes and operations, a sound strategy in place, as well as consistently strong audit performance.

iServer helps improve stakeholder communication and engagement

Enhanced Communication & Stakeholder Engagement

iServer Portal allows your team to share the latest repository content with the rest of the organization via an online portal. An unlimited number of business users can browse, review and search for diagrams and documentation using a web-browser, posting their comments and feedback to drive improvement. What these two modules ultimately provide you with is a fast and straightforward way in which to interact with stakeholders from around the world and share information at any time and on any medium. Such a level of engagement is consistent with an organization that thinks and acts quickly in order to grow its position in the market place.

iServer helps long term, cost-effective planning

Long Term, Cost Effective Planning

Thoroughly planning the security architecture processes is necessary in order to ensure compliance and avoid crises. With its extensive range of analysis tools, iServer allows you constantly plan ahead and be prepared for undesired scenarios. If your organization is preparing to make changes, the platform’s impact analysis capabilities will provide great value by enabling you to analyze the different consequences and results of changing the design of the architecture. Furthermore, because it lets you see how different paths play out in the end without you actually inflicting any change in real life, it directly saves money, time and effort. In addition, it also creates considerable value indirectly by ensuring implementation of the optimum.

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