Agile Project Management for Cybersecurity

In our recent webinar, “Agile Project Management for Cybersecurity,” Myriad’s PMP and CSM-certified project manager Emma Sally presented an overview of agile project planning, its benefits and effects, terminology, how it compares to traditional practices, and how an IT department can implement this methodology today.

Sally starts by providing a comparison of project management styles teams typically use: waterfall, Scrum, Kanban, and “other,” as unique project management styles can be created by handpicking aspects of each methodology based upon a team’s needs. Afterwards, Sally explains the origins of agile project management, its manifesto, and the four values and twelve principles of the methodology.

The specifics surrounding the two most popular agile methodologies—Scrum and Kanban—are listed, including the use of a development board so work can be visualized, timeframes, designated roles, and rules. The project lifecycles of agile and waterfall are compared. Waterfall, a traditional process, results in roadblocks; a project can’t move forward until it has been completed and approved. In contrast, agile is iterative and teams arrive at their minimum viable product sooner.

Sally walks attendees through Myriad’s agile project management framework: PDCA (Plan, Do, Check Adjust) and demonstrates how it enhances readiness, visibility, and adaptability, all vital components of a strong cybersecurity posture. She goes over Myriad’s security reference model, which breaks down everything to be considered while evaluating the security strength of an IT infrastructure into 4 domains and 24 categories. This simplifies the products and services into easy to digest items, which makes the security landscape easier to navigate.

By addressing each category and creating a list of projects organized by priority (and then reprioritizing as team members finish projects and adjust), a project road map is created to bring a security posture from its current state to its ideal state. This zooming in to specific pieces of infrastructure and then zooming out to evaluate the infrastructure as a whole is crucial to maintaining the safety and a competitive edge of any organization.

In all, as the threat and risk profile continue to evolve, it forces IT departments to reflect at regular intervals and rapidly adapt, making agile project management a great tool to support an organization in this endeavor. The ability to catch defects and course correct more quickly increases productivity, efficiency, and quality while continuously arming stakeholders with information that move the ROI needle.

To view the entire “Agile Project Management for Cybersecurity” webinar, please click here: