Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Analytics

3/16/2015
06:00 PM
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail

10 Ways To Measure IT Security Program Effectiveness

The right metrics can make or break a security program (or a budget meeting).
2 of 10

False Positive Reporting  

Tracking the False Positive Reporting Rate (FPRR) can help put the work of lower-level analysts under the microscope, making sure that the judgments they're making on automatically filtered security event data is sifting out false positives from indicators of compromise before they escalate to others in the response team. 

'Despite the implementation of automated filtering, the SOC team must make the final determination as to whether the events they are alerted to are real threats,' Boison of Lockheed Martin says. 'The reporting of false positives to incident handlers and higher-level management increases their already heavy workload and, if excessive, can de-motivate and cause decreased vigilance.'

A high FPRR could indicate better training is needed from Level 1 Analysts or better tuning of analytics tools.

'All too often Level 1 analysts lack a good understanding and visibility to incidents cause and therefore escalate false alerts to Level 3 analysts,' says Lior Div, CEO of Cyberreason. 'This causes waste of expensive resources.'


(Image: Pixabay)

False Positive Reporting

Tracking the False Positive Reporting Rate (FPRR) can help put the work of lower-level analysts under the microscope, making sure that the judgments they're making on automatically filtered security event data is sifting out false positives from indicators of compromise before they escalate to others in the response team.

"Despite the implementation of automated filtering, the SOC team must make the final determination as to whether the events they are alerted to are real threats," Boison of Lockheed Martin says. "The reporting of false positives to incident handlers and higher-level management increases their already heavy workload and, if excessive, can de-motivate and cause decreased vigilance."

A high FPRR could indicate better training is needed from Level 1 Analysts or better tuning of analytics tools.

"All too often Level 1 analysts lack a good understanding and visibility to incidents cause and therefore escalate false alerts to Level 3 analysts," says Lior Div, CEO of Cyberreason. "This causes waste of expensive resources."

(Image: Pixabay)

2 of 10
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
RyanSepe
100%
0%
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
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.
How to Think Like a Hacker
Dr. Giovanni Vigna, Chief Technology Officer at Lastline,  10/10/2019
7 SMB Security Tips That Will Keep Your Company Safe
Steve Zurier, Contributing Writer,  10/11/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
7 Threats & Disruptive Forces Changing the Face of Cybersecurity
This Dark Reading Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at the biggest emerging threats and disruptive forces that are changing the face of cybersecurity today.
Flash Poll
2019 Online Malware and Threats
2019 Online Malware and Threats
As cyberattacks become more frequent and more sophisticated, enterprise security teams are under unprecedented pressure to respond. Is your organization ready?
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2019-17435
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-16
A Local Privilege Escalation vulnerability exists in the GlobalProtect Agent for Windows 5.0.3 and earlier, and GlobalProtect Agent for Windows 4.1.12 and earlier, in which the auto-update feature can allow for modification of a GlobalProtect Agent MSI installer package on disk before installation.
CVE-2019-17436
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-16
A Local Privilege Escalation vulnerability exists in GlobalProtect Agent for Linux and Mac OS X version 5.0.4 and earlier and version 4.1.12 and earlier, that can allow non-root users to overwrite root files on the file system.
CVE-2019-17512
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-16
There are some web interfaces without authentication requirements on D-Link DIR-412 A1-1.14WW routers. An attacker can clear the router's log file via act=clear&logtype=sysact to log_clear.php, which could be used to erase attack traces.
CVE-2019-15277
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-16
A vulnerability in the CLI of Cisco TelePresence Collaboration Endpoint (CE) Software could allow an authenticated, local attacker to execute code with root privileges. The vulnerability is due to insufficient input validation. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by authenticating as the re...
CVE-2019-15280
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-16
A vulnerability in the web-based management interface of Cisco Firepower Management Center (FMC) Software could allow an authenticated, remote attacker to conduct a stored cross-site scripting (XSS) attack against a user of the web-based management interface. The vulnerability is due to insufficient...