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Defining a Maturity Scale for Governing Operational Resilience

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Achieving operational resilience in today’s environment is becoming increasingly complex as the pace of technology and innovation continues to accelerate. Sponsorship, strategic planning, and oversight of operational resilience are the most crucial activities in developing and implementing an effective operational resilience management (ORM) system. These governance activities are described in detail in the CERT® Resilience Management Model enterprise focus (EF) process area (PA). To ensure operational resilience, an organization must identify shortfalls across these defined activities, make incremental improvements, and measure improvement against a defined, accepted maturity scale. The current version of the CERT Resilience Management Model (CERT-RMM V1.2) utilizes a maturity architecture (levels and descriptions) that may not meet the granularity needs for organizations committed to making incremental improvements in governing operational resilience. To achieve a more granular approach, the CERT-RMM Maturity Indicator Level (MIL) scale was developed for application across all CERT-RMM PAs. The CERT Division of Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute is conducting ongoing research around the current state of the practice of governing operational resilience and developing specific actionable steps for improving the governance of operational resilience. Study results provide the specific EF PA MIL scale for assessing maturity, identifying incremental improvements, and measuring improvements.

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31/03/2015

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