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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.

Counting Vulnerabilities

Says Martin Gallo, director of strategic research at SecureAuth: "An example of a commonly used vanity metric is counting the vulnerabilities affecting an application, system, or network, and then using it as a measurement of how secure that system is. While we can all agree that it's important to reduce the amount of vulnerabilities, merely counting issues without considering the potential impact and likelihood of those vulnerabilities being exploited is a recipe for poor risk management.

"Likewise, some corporate assets are more critical than others. Applying the same metrics to the most vital and those of lesser importance can cause confusion and likely won't yield any particular action."

(Image: Aris Suwanmalee via Adobe Stock)

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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RichardM23501
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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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peterhill,
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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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