Assessing the maturity level of an organization’s Cyber Security program is crucial for business. This is because the evaluation process helps the organization determine the areas of improvement. This further enables them to embed strong security policies and controls in their work culture and process.

In Saudi Arabia, Member Organizations who fall in the scope of the SAMA Cyber Security Framework are required to determine and measure the maturity levels against the Cyber Security Maturity Model outlined in the Cyber Security Framework. Explaining this in detail, we have today covered an article that will help you understand the Security Maturity Model outlined by SAMA.

SAMA Cyber Security Maturity Model

For Member Organizations who are unsure of where their security program stands in terms of their preparedness and the capability of their Cyber Security Program, the Security Maturity Model works as a guide for them. It provides a direction to organizations in testing their preparedness against evolving security threats.

Assessing the maturity of an organization’s security level helps them establish, improve and maintain a strong security framework. This is an effective approach for addressing and managing Cyber Security risks within the Financial Sector.

The Cyber Security Maturity Model in the SAMA Security Framework distinguishes 6 maturity levels (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5), which are all briefly summarized in the image below (sourced from the official document). In order to achieve an appropriate Cyber Security Maturity level, the Member Organization must meet all criteria listed in the initial maturity levels (0, 1, & 2) to operate at maturity level 3 or higher as explained below.