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Once More Into the Breach, Dear CISO
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User Rank: Strategist
11/7/2014 | 10:21:29 AM
Re: Not metrics and goals

Please check out the Cyber Operations Maturity Framework. The basic model is the fusion center, originated at EUCOM -- fas dot org/irp/agency/dod/eucom/jac/

Typical SOCs are operating from a picture that emphasizes timelines and locality analysis, but without extensive exploratory or link analyses. They operate with indicators, but without indications analysis and without warning analysis (I&W) -- for example, I never see STIX that includes warning intelligence or attack indicators, only IoCs. Typical SOCs also separate the malware reversing process from the threat intelligence process too much... I mean, did you know that you can embed MAEC into STIX?

The primary issue for information security programs is lack of a formalized risk language and risk model based on costs to the business. For this, I could recommend FAIR as a starting point -- the book "Measuring and Managing Information Risk" (from the authors of FAIR) is timely.
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
11/7/2014 | 10:05:18 AM
Re: Not metrics and goals
Great point about getting the right team in place to execute a cybersecurity plan @andregironda! What does that look like in your view and how would it differ from the organizational structure in the typical SOC?
User Rank: Strategist
11/6/2014 | 6:05:30 PM
Not metrics and goals
CISOs don't need more metrics and goals layered on their existing metrics and goals. They need a vision and a mission and they need people to execute. If a CISO earns a $670,000 yearly salary, up from $400,000 two years ago -- then they already have a seat at the board. What they need now is to hire people with similarly-structured salaries to execute their vision.

The vision is simple: create a cyber analytical model based on something like the fusion center, construct a framework similar to the Cyber Operations Maturity Framework, and build a platform that can deliver the results. Any technology piece such as SIEM, Cyber Threat Intelligence, Mobile Device Management, or NGFW needs to be balanced against the model and the framework -- and it must integrate with the analytical platform. Typically, an analytical platform consists of exploratory data analysis, exploratory factor analysis, and link analysis -- perhaps graded on a reference-class forecast or similar probability distribution. If you don't know what I just said, perhaps you should pick up the book, "Measuring and Managing Information Risk", which basically explains an approachable, analytical risk model to the uninitiated.

The average lifetime of a CISO is still 2 years, but their salaries are doubling every 2 years. The rest of us information security professionals have seen stagnant salaries for 20 years -- ever since we existed. If the CISOs won't change the game, then leaders will rise from the trenches. Lead, follow, or get out of the way!

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