SABSA Matrix 2009
The SABSA Framework

SABSA is a proven methodology for developing business-driven, risk and opportunity focused Security Architectures at both enterprise and solutions level that traceably support business objectives.

SABSA is a matrix based taxonomy very similar to the Zachman Framework, but with a security twist. Each layer of the SABSA matrix is meant to force the security architect to ask questions to ensure they understand all the various attributes of security mitigations. Each layer takes a different view of the system and provides an explanation to a different set of developers and designers.

SABSA is a series of integrated frameworks, models, methods and processes, used independently or as an holistic integrated enterprise solution, including:

  • Business Requirements Engineering Framework (known as Attributes Profiling)
  • Risk and Opportunity Management Framework
  • Policy Architecture Framework
  • Security Services-Oriented Architecture Framework
  • Governance Framework
  • Security Domain Framework
  • Through-life Security Service Management & Performance Management Framework

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