Institute For Enterprise Architecture Developments - IFEAD

Institute For Enterprise Architecture Developments  (IFEAD)

This is the NEW website of IFEAD. IFEAD is a not for profit research and information exchange organization working on the future state of Enterprise Architecture. Founded in 2001 by our President Jaap Schekkerman, Thought Leader in Cyber Security-CI/ICS, Business Technology Strategy & Enterprise / Security Architecture.

IFEAD is for many years an important source of information related to Enterprise Architecture and working in close relationship with universities and other research organizations. The goals and objectives of IFEAD are doing research & development about the future state of Enterprise Architecture and sharing a continuous flow of relevant information with all interested in the areas of Enterprise / Security Architecture. Many books and publications are developed over the years under the auspices of IFEAD. Several of these books are today standard study books at more than 25 universities all over the world.

This site is our primary source of information about the importance of Enterprise Architecture and Enterprise Architects in the Virtual Digital World of Security, Organizations, Business and Technology and contains several articles, references, standards and methods supporting the Enterprise / Security Architect as well as Best Practices and News about related topics.

Enterprise Architecture Good Practices Guide

The purpose of the Enterprise architecture Good Practice Guide is to provide guidance to organisations in initiating, developing, using and maintaining their Enterprise Architecture Practice. Enterprise Architecture Good Practices Guide is based on IFEAD's well known sets of EA guides that are published over the years and enhanced on feedback from users.
The purpose of this guide is to provide guidance to organization's in initiating, developing, using, and maintaining their enterprise architecture (EA) practice. This guide offers a set of Enterprise Architecture Good Practices that have proven their benefits to organizations and that addresses an end-to-end process to initiate, implement, and sustain an EA program, and describes the necessary roles and associated responsibilities for a successful EA program.
While EA frameworks and models provide valuable guidance on the content of enterprise architectures, there is literally no guidance how to successfully manage the process of creating, changing, and using Enterprise Architecture.
This guidance is crucially important. Without it, it is highly unlikely that an organization can successfully produce a complete and enforceable EA for optimizing its business value and mission performance of its systems. For example, effective development of a complete EA needs a corporate commitment with senior management sponsorship. Enterprise Architecture development should be managed as a formal program by an Enterprise Architecture Department that is held accountable for success.

Trafford Publishing, USA by Jaap Schekkerman
ISBN: 978-1-42515-687-9

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Security Reference Architecture for Industrial Control Systems

Cyber and security problems continue to plaque cyber-physical systems.. Cyber Reference Architecture for Industrial Control Systems ( and Security problems continue to plague cyber-physical systems. The growth of the Internet of Things and complexity of industrial control systems will lead to more vulnerabilities in hardware systems and critical infrastructures. Connected devices are becoming a greater part of our lives. From exercise-tracking devices to smart watches to sensors for monitoring industrial processes, businesses and consumers are using connected devices, the so called Internet of Things or IoT, to collect information from the world around them and manage their lives and businesses.
Within modern TCP/IP based environments, such as the corporate infrastructure for managing the business that drives operations in a control system, there are technology-related vulnerabilities that need to be addressed. Historically, these issues have been the responsibility of the corporate IT security organization, usually governed by security policies and operating plans that protect vital information assets.
Clearly, the main concern as control systems become part of these large architectures is providing security procedures that cover the control system domain as well. Contemporary network-based communications have security issues that must be addressed in the control system domain, as unique vendor-specific protocols and assumed legacy system security is not adequate to protect mission critical systems.
So a security reference architecture for industrial control systems based on the ISA99 / IEC62443 standard is a must have to better protect and secure critical operations. Read more at the site of the Cyber Research Center - Industrial Control Systems.