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Passing the Sniff Test: Security Metrics and Measures

Cigital dishes dirt on top security metrics that don't work well, why they're ineffective and which measurable to consider instead.
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Security metrics are one of the key pillars of establishing a mature cybersecurity program. We’ve spilled a lot of digital ink over the years at Dark Reading discussing some of the top security metrics that organizations should consider collecting and analyzing. But are all security metrics good ones? According to Caroline Wong, security initiative director at Cigital, the short answer is, ‘Nope!’ She’s seen organizations waste resources on measuring things that don’t really matter to the business and do nothing to help drive improvement.

“I've really been doing security metrics for about ten years, so I've had more time to think about stuff,” she says. “And one of the things that I've realized is that there are some metrics which organizations track that I really just don't think are useful.”

Caroline gave us the lowdown on metrics effectiveness. She started by offering some key sniff tests for determining if your metric is a stinker. Then she offered up some examples of ineffective metrics, as well as alternatives that will better help move the needle for security.   

 

 

Ericka Chickowski specializes in coverage of information technology and business innovation. She has focused on information security for the better part of a decade and regularly writes about the security industry as a contributor to Dark Reading.  View Full Bio

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RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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10/26/2015 | 8:01:43 AM
Displaying Value
Whenever you are trying to devise important metrics of either a tool you own or a process think of the metric by the value it provides. Does it delineate cost savings, does it help to point out a broken business process, etc.
copleydt
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copleydt,
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10/24/2015 | 10:39:51 AM
Practical Advise
Your article was right on the spot; very pragmatic and useful. I've been in security a long time and am currently a CISO for a large healthcare provider and I've seen some metrics which I consider to be of no value.  I speak on security fairly often and I was just contemplating assembling a presentation on this same topic -  what security metrics NOT to use and what you SHOULD be measuring.
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