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nCircle Doubles Number Of Free Scorecards Available In nCircle Benchmark

Service enables organizations to use key metrics to compare the performance of their entire IT security ecosystem against their own goals and industry peers

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--RSA Booth 1023 -- nCircle, the leader in information risk and security performance management solutions, today announced they have doubled the number of free scorecards in nCircle Benchmark. nCircle Benchmark is the world's first security performance management benchmarking service that enables organizations to use key metrics to compare the performance of their entire IT security ecosystem against their own goals and industry peers.

The effective use of security metrics as a measure of operational processes is a cornerstone of information security programs. However, even sophisticated security metrics programs have trouble communicating the relative effectiveness of their efforts to key stakeholders because there is no objective point of comparison.

nCircle Benchmark is the first service that transforms operational security metrics into key performance indicators and Bellwether Metrics that accurately communicate the effectiveness of security risk management programs. Fact-based, consensus-driven key performance indicators make it possible for CISOs and CIOs to effectively communicate security performance against internal goals and industry peers to stakeholders across the organization.

"We believe comparative benchmarks can play a role in IT security by providing the basis for a general management discussion on the topic of security, and begin to build the bridge between business and technical issues," said John Katsaros, Principal, Internet Research Group. "In our research we found nCircle to be the leading provider of industry benchmarks and believe that its product line can serve as a good beginning for this."

nCircle doubled the number of free scorecards and metrics available in nCircle Benchmark in response to Benchmark Community demand, and to encourage actionable and collaborative information sharing across the security industry. The new, free scorecards are available across the extensive nCircle Benchmark catalog, including:

Vulnerability management

Configuration auditing

Patch management

Anti-virus and end point protection

Identity and access management

Center for Internet Security (CIS) metrics

"Security benchmarks are a relatively new discipline, but more organizations are beginning to rely on peer comparisons to communicate security performance effectively to their boards and executive teams," said Elizabeth Ireland, vice president of marketing at nCircle. "nCircle Benchmark's ability to pinpoint security performance, set operational goals and analyze security investment strategies has already proven to be an invaluable asset to our vibrant benchmarking community."

For more information about nCircle Benchmark, please visit www.benchmark.ncircle.com.

About nCircle

nCircle is the leading provider of information risk and security performance management solutions to more than 6,500 businesses and government agencies worldwide. nCircle solutions enable enterprises of all sizes to (1) automate compliance and reduce risk, and (2) measure and compare the performance of their IT security program with their own goals and industry peers. nCircle solutions may be deployed on a customer's premises, as a cloud-based service, or in combination, for maximum flexibility and value.

nCircle has won numerous awards for growth, innovation, customer satisfaction and technology leadership and has been ranked among the top 100 best places to work in the San Francisco Bay Area. nCircle is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, with regional offices throughout the United States and in London and Toronto. To learn how you can more effectively protect your company visit us at http://www.ncircle.com.

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