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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.

Days To Patch

Says Menachem Shafran, vice president of product at XM Cyber: "In many organizations, this is a very basic and common metric. This is because it is easy to get from a vulnerability scanner. Most organizations track how long it takes them to patch vulnerabilities, either in general or, in better cases, divided to CVSS risk score and assets groups. The problem with this metric is it doesn't really reflect your current risk. You might have in your environment vulnerabilities that have a low score and are on noncritical assets yet could help adversaries gain access to more important assets."

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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.  View Full Bio

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RyanSepe
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9/23/2019 | 1:16:23 PM
Re: So many bad metrics...
I second this. A juxtaposing list would be helpful considering that this list covers a lot of prevalently used metrics in the industry.
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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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