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9/19/2019
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Ericka Chickowski
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The 20 Worst Metrics in Cybersecurity

Security leaders are increasingly making their case through metrics, as well they should - as long as they're not one of these.

Mean Time To Failure

Says Pankaj Parekh, chief product and strategy officer at SecurityFirst: "This is often misleading because in a modern, complex data center, individual components will always fail. It's much more meaningful to measure the degree of fault tolerance and resiliency in the infrastructure so that if any part fails, the overall data center operation is not impacted. This is the idea behind the 'Chaos Monkey,' invented at Netflix in 2011 to randomly disable a server and make sure the chaos was survivable."

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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. 
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6/29/2020 | 9:04:13 AM
Re: So many bad metrics...
Agreed. Clicking thru these 21 pages was an utter waste of time.

Meaningful cyber metrics is a very challenging field. Besides the clickbait title, "The Top 20 BEST Cyber Metrics"  should never be written. The field is too wide. 

To hit a home run, go ask the BoD, CEO or Chief Risk Officer what metrics help them make strategic decisions. Everything else is busywork and job justification.
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9/19/2019 | 9:03:32 AM
So many bad metrics...
What's left?  How about a follow up on the 20 best metrics?
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