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Critical Infrastructures under Attack!?

….about the Cyber Security Architecture of Modern Control Systems in Critical Infrastructures

Organizations within the critical infrastructure sectors provide the essentials of modern life and defend our national security; their services impact national economic security, national public health and safety. Many sector components influence or impact any combination of these critical national concerns.

Cyber security is an integral part of overall critical infrastructure sectors security and governments are addressing the risk as a sector-wide challenge, to minimize the potential impact to both public safety and the economy.
Because the sectors touch so many aspects of how we live our lives and how business is conducted throughout the world, technology, connectivity and information exchange are three of the greatest challenges and essential aspects of company operations and processes in the sectors.

However, the same technologies that make business operations and critical infrastructure processes more efficient can introduce new vulnerabilities. As the world faces increased threats, the critical infrastructure sectors needs to increase its capability to manage exposure to cyber security risk and protect against the threat of unauthorized access to information being used to facilitate or cause a physical attack or disruption in the supply chain.

Key in the critical infrastructure sectors is adoption of a standardized cyber security concepts & architecture, principles and guidelines. Here is an important role for Enterprise Architects as well as security architects familiar with industrial control systems environments.

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Below you will find all direct links from our books to the Trafford Bookstore.

Enterprise Architecture Good Practices Guide

The Economic Benefits of Enterpise Architecture

How to Survive in the jungle of EA Frameworks

How to Manage the Enterprise Architecture Practice, Logica Business Consulting

The IFEAD development & research team

Jaap Schekkerman

STREAM (Speedy, Traceable, Result driven, Enterprise, Architecture, Management) a Successful and Pragmatic 'Managed Diversity' Enterprise Architecture Approach

So how do you create a pragmatic managed diversity Enterprise Architecture program driven by the business?

Describing and selling an EA program to any organization is a challenge. Translating the “EA language” into your organization’s jargon will add credibility to your program. First, your organization’s knowledge workers will understand the program’s impact and value to their jobs. If they just shake their heads, but don’t understand the message, your credibility as a Lead Enterprise Architect can be lost immediately.

This instantly labels the Lead Enterprise Architect as the book smart academic that can’t apply EA into real world scenarios.

So you need another approach like the successful STREAM (Speedy, Traceable, Result-driven, Enterprise, Architecture, Management) approach developed by the Institute For Enterprise Architecture Developments in cooperation with Logica Business Consulting that has proven its value in real world scenarios.

The STREAM Approach

This STREAM approach is focused on balancing the need for a set of standards with the need for a diversity of solutions to increase innovation, business growth and competitive advantage and the need to deliver concrete added value in an agile way.
The characteristics of the STREAM approach are:
The Results must be Traceable … in order to add value: Start at the business side and make all choices and decisions traceable to the sources.
The Process must be Pragmatic ... in order to add value: Focus only on those elements that directly contribute to the goals & objectives. Make a difference between EA thinking and EA doing.
The trajectory must be Rapid ... in order to add value: Most STREAM EA transformation / rationalisation trajectories are delivering their results within a 4 to 5 months timeframe.
The Process must be Productive ... in order to add value: STREAM EA transformation / rationalisation trajectories are delivering predefined type of results, related to the goals & objectives.
The Results must be Relevant ... in order to add value: STREAM EA transformation / rationalisation / legacy trajectories are always starting at the business site and are delivering significant added value due to the focus to contribute to organisations strategic objectives & direction.

The STREAM phases are based on the characteristics of a managed diversity EA approach focused on balancing the need for a set of standards with the need for a diversity of solutions to increase innovation, business growth and competitive advantage in an agile way.

More Info:

Are you interested in the STREAM approach, then download the STREAM Paper or download the STREAM Presentation.

For more information goto: or contact IFEAD by e-mail at

EA Good Practices Guide

Trafford Publishing, Canada

ISBN: 1-4251-5687-8

by Jaap Schekkerman

A 386 pages; quality trade paperback (softcover); catalogue #07-2553; ISBN 1-4251-5687-8; Price: US$73.12, C$73.12, EUR49.95, £37.75

This 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.

About the Book: Enterprise Architecture Good Practices Guide

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.

Enterprise Architecture is a complete expression of the enterprise; a master plan which “acts as a collaboration force” between aspects of business planning such as goals, visions, strategies and governance principles; aspects of business operations such as business terms, organization structures, processes and data; aspects of automation such as information systems and databases; and the enabling technological infrastructure of the business such as computers, operating systems and networks.

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.

Since that EA facilitates change based upon the changing business environment of the organization, the enterprise architect is the organization’s primary change agent.

Effective implementation requires establishment of business and system compliance with the enterprise architecture, as well as continuous assessment and enforcement of compliance. Waiver of these requirements may occur only after careful, thorough, and documented business case analysis. Without these commitments, responsibilities, and tools, the risk is great that business changes or new systems will not meet organizations business needs, will be incompatible, will perform poorly, and will cost more to develop, integrate, and maintain than is warranted.

For more info about this go to the book webpage.

Download book index here: Book index

For ordering the book directly at the Publisher, go to:

Ordering this guide directly at the website of the Publisher is the easiest and fastest way of getting this guide.

How do you show your executives the value of EA?

The First Enterprise Architecture Book that addresses the issues of the Economic Benefits of Enterprise Architecture; Read more .....and Order Direct

'The Economic Benefits of Enterprise Architecture: How to Quantify and Manage the Economic Value of Enterprise Architecture'

ISBN 1-4120-6729-4

Trafford Publishing, Canada

by Jaap Schekkerman

First Edition;295 pages; Perfect bound; catalogue #05-1640; ISBN 1-4120-6729-4

This book is explaining, how to quantify and manage the economic value of enterprise architecture. Several methods, models and techniques are described to adopt an economic approach when dealing with Enterprise Architecture.

Go to Traffords website of this Book and order this book directly at the Publisher's website, the easiest and cheapest way to do.

Third Renewed and Updated Edition Now Available

Book is expended with an additional 40 pages including the European Interoperability Framework as well as new chapters about EA tool selection & support.

ISBN 1-4120-1607-X

Trafford Publishing, Canada

By Jaap Schekkerman

Book is also available via AMAZON.COM, Barnes &, All-Computer-, etc.

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