Implementing and Maintaining Security Program Metrics
- Nov 19, 2021
- Brad LaPorte
Cybersecurity metrics are a pertinent part of measuring the successes and failures of your program and the effectiveness of your business outcomes. With so much invested in cybersecurity teams and infrastructure, demonstrating progress and ROI is very difficult – but is absolutely necessary! In addition, doing so helps to facilitate greater accountability, increased focus, clarity, improved relevancy, and reduced waste, ensuring effective decision-making, accelerated growth, increased visibility, improved performance that ultimately result in higher financial returns.
Just having a list of cybersecurity metrics on a whiteboard doesn’t mean anything if every organization member doesn’t support it.
Foundation: Stakeholder support.
A strong commitment to information security within the highest levels of an organization’s executive management team helps protect the security program from organizational pressures and budget limitations.
Level 1: Governance.
Implementing information security policies and procedures that are enforced and backed by management are essential to the longevity and success of an effective information security program.
Level 2: Quantify Performance Targets.
Information security performance goals and objectives must be easily obtainable, feasible to measure, and repeatable. Performance targets provided should demonstrate performance trends and facilitate decisions for future resource investments.
Level 3: Continuously Improve.
All stakeholders and users must be committed to the accurate collection of meaningful and useful data in allowing for continuous improvements to the overall security program.
Cybersecurity is not a one-size-fits-all dynamic. What works for one organization in one industry in one region of the world with a specific organizational structure will most likely not work for another that is in a different industry, geography and culture. All of these factors are critical to setting a solid foundation from which to work from.
Much of the pre-work needed to determine what cybersecurity metrics to track and implement is due to understanding your business and where your greatest organizational risks lie. Making it a priority to understand your risk before composing a list of your information security objectives is a best practice to ensure you do not have metrics that do not support your business objectives.
*Note: This is an example and not to be considered an exhaustive list or necessarily applicable to your specific organization
Your program’s overall health and your tracking towards remediation benchmarks can both be put on display easily for your C-suite, the board of directors and other key stakeholders. NopSec helps you communicate your risk posture and the impact the team is having on it.
NopSec has worked with leading security teams worldwide and we have helped many Security leaders develop and implement programs to improve, measure and demonstrate their security progress. Please feel free to reach out to us to discuss your own current metrics and how we can help you improve and mature your metrics program. Reach out and learn how to implement and improve your security program and ROI, request a demo today.