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3/16/2015
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10 Ways To Measure IT Security Program Effectiveness

The right metrics can make or break a security program (or a budget meeting).
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Percentage Of Security Incidents Detected By An Automated Control
One way to justify spend on those shiny boxes is to start tracking just how many of the overall security incidents detected by the organizations are done through an automated tool.
'This is a good one because it not only encourages you to become familiar with how incidents are detected, it also focuses you on automation, which reduces the need for 'humans paying attention' as a core requirement,' says Dwayne Melancon, CTO of Tripwire. 'It also makes it easier to lobby for funding from the business, since you can make the case that automation reduces the cost of security while lowering the risk of harm to the business from an unnoticed incident.'

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Percentage Of Security Incidents Detected By An Automated Control

One way to justify spend on those shiny boxes is to start tracking just how many of the overall security incidents detected by the organizations are done through an automated tool.

"This is a good one because it not only encourages you to become familiar with how incidents are detected, it also focuses you on automation, which reduces the need for 'humans paying attention' as a core requirement," says Dwayne Melancon, CTO of Tripwire. "It also makes it easier to lobby for funding from the business, since you can make the case that automation reduces the cost of security while lowering the risk of harm to the business from an unnoticed incident."

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3/17/2015 | 8:44:18 AM
Vulnerability Assessment
Many of these ways focus around and IRT(reactive) and Vulnerability Assessment Process(both proactive and reactive). These are two reactive measures that if handled effectively can increase an organization's security posture expontentially. However, many organizations do not employ these effectively. The reasons for this vary, bandwidth, personnel, expertise, etc. This is why sometimes outsourcing to an MSSP is beneficial. This argument can be made using the statistic aggregation denoted by this article.
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